Low-emissions oil palm development in Berau District, East Kalimantan
As of: January 2022
In recent years, there has been an increase in the global demand for palm oil, which is also used in the production of food and cosmetics – and in countries like Indonesia, oil palm planting and cultivation has increased as a result. These plantations often displace other land uses and this leads to socio-economic and ecological problems. The project brings government institutions, private sector companies and civil society groups together to design and pilot a programme for sustainable, low-emission palm oil development. This will show the palm oil-producing countries that responsible production is possible. Socio-economic and ecological analyses as well as policy dialogues at provincial level provide information on sustainable palm oil production. Policy recommendations will also be made for programme development and implementation at administrative level.
State of implementation/results
- Representatives of the East Kalimantan provincial government, Berau district government, palm oil concessions and mills, smallholders, civil society organisations and academics support the district government's decision to set aside 83,000 ha of forested indicative HCV areas inside the plantation zone, as indicated in the public consultations where the draft of the district-level sustainable estate-crop development plan was discussed betweenMay and August 2021.
- By September 2021, the project organised 29 trainings that contributed to the competency development of 249 data managers, 60 land-use planners and monitoring officers, 128 company-community conflict and partnership mediators and facilitators. The training participants came from district government offices, plantation companies, local community members and NGOs.
- In the negotiation process from April until September 2021, the Berau District Conflict Mediation Taskforce expects agreements between seven companies and four villages to settle potential disputes in 31 areas of interest. This includes 10,000 ha of forested land that the local community wants to conserve.
- With support from the project, the Bupati (head) of Berau District issued two decrees to further develop the region's land-use governance capacity. Decree 213/2021 introduces suitability criteria embedded in the standard operating procedure (SoP) for the preliminary assessment of land-use related permit applications; Decree 256/2021 stipulates the SoP and the establishment of a district team responsible for land-use change monitoring.
- The project has published an article in the 15th issue of the Sustainable Natural Resources and Rural Development (SNRD) Asia Pacific Newsletter. The article is about the latest developments related to Berau District's capacity and policy on land-use governance (snrd-asia.org/…).