Low-emissions oil palm development in Berau District, East Kalimantan
As of: July 2020
Objective and activities
A substantial portion of primary and secondary forest land in Berau District, East Kalimantan Province is eligible for development of oil palm plantations. The conversion of these areas could result in up to 60 million tons of forest carbon emissions. This project will bring government institutions, private sector industry, and civil society groups together to develop and pilot implementation of a district-level sustainable oil palm program in order to demonstrate that palm oil development can be done in a responsible manner at scale. Outputs include increased capacity of district government, tools and approaches for improved corporate and community practices, provincial level socio-economic and environmental analysis and policy dialogue to inform sustainable oil palm development, and policy recommendations on jurisdictional program development and implementation. The project will serve as a model for other districts and provinces seeking to implement sustainable oil palm programs.
Low-emission palm oil development in Berau Regency, East Kalimantan
State of implementation/results
- The Berau District Conflict Mediation Taskforce has started the mediation process on four dispute cases. Due to the mediation, three of the cases could be resolved in land-use agreements between companies and communities.
- Together with TNC, the project supported the Berau District Government (the planning agency and the estate crop agency) in preparing an indicative map of high conservation value (HCV) forests on areas eligible for oil palm development. The total indicative HCV areas are about 150,000 ha. The project introduced an initial version of the computer software to help permit applicants and district government agencies in identifying suitable areas, by using the indicative HCV map.
- In addition to the 5 Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs), with the support from the project, the District Geospatial Information Taskforce has prepared the draft of a Bupati regulation on integrated data management.
- In cooperation with the Palm Oil Production and Procurement project (SCPOPP), on 25th June the project presented the preliminary findings of the studies on deforestation-free palm oil to BAPPENAS . It shows that Indonesia can avoid new oil palm planting on peatland and forests (primary and secondary) after 2018, while maintaining 33% of the global vegetable oil market, serving the need for food and the B100 biodiesel blending policy for the domestic market by 2045.
- On 31st of July, the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) with support from the project (in cooperation with the SCPOPP project and the FORCLIME program) organized the first consultation meeting for the development of the ‚Toolkit for Partnership Facilitation and Conflict Management’ at Bappenas.
- Following the request from the Vice Bupati and the Estate Crop Agency of Berau, the project presented the first indicative map of smallholder oil palm areas in the district on 1st of August. The district government uses the data in its communication to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry on how to settle the smallholders areas inside the state forest land.
- The project also supported the District Sustainable Oil Palm Forum in defining sustainability criteria.
- In the reporting period, the project organized 5 trainings on website maintenance, server management, land suitability analysis, drone mapping, and smallholders' data collection. There were 385 participants (17% women) from district government offices, local community members and NGOs.