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Sustainable & climate-friendly palm oil production and procurement

As of: September 2020

Objective and activities

Through sustainability platforms and partnership agreements in selected pilot regions stakeholder will be supported in close collaboration with partners in the value chain to disseminate sustainable and climate friendly cultivation practices among smallholders, to increase yields and accomplish certification. In both countries smallholders, oil mills and governments benefit from development of training programs. In Indonesia, stakeholders in a pilot region elaborate a land use plan with protected areas and suitable areas for oil palm cultivation – e.g. degraded land. To increase the demand for these products in Germany, the project will develop public procurement guidelines for municipalities, Federal States and the Federal government, targeting at purchasing products with certified palm oil. The implementing partner „Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V.“ will address consumer platforms, to increase awareness for sustainably produced palm oil.
Predecessor project(s)
Sustainable Palm Oil Production for Bioenergy

State of implementation/results


  • The project is working with UNDP and TNC to implement the East Kalimantan Declaration on Sustainable Plantation Management. The aim is to save 640,000 hectares of forest from being converted into industrial plantations. To this end, forest protection areas outside the state forest areas are proposed to the district government.
  • The Ministry of Planning BAPPENAS, supported by the project, develops technical guidelines for a jurisdictional approach to palm oil production. This includes policies for the protection of areas with high ecological conservation value in regional development plans and the granting of business licenses.
  • In September 2019, the Governor of East Kalimantan Province and the President of East-Kutai County signed a cooperation agreement with GIZ to support small farmers in sustainable oil palm production.
  • Four of the communities in East Kalimantan supported by the project have designated 9,400 hectares as protected areas in the regional planning, of which 1,400 hectares were previously designated for oil palm plantations. The palm oil smallholder cooperatives in these communities manage 2,700 hectares and are being prepared by the project for certification by the ISPO and RSPO.
  • With the support of the project, increasing data on land use and palm oil production can be found on the website of the East-Kutai Administrative District:


  • Thailand consumes a large part of the palm oil it produces itself. There is no awareness of sustainable palm oil among either traders or consumers. The project has taken several steps to raise public awareness about the issue.
  • An online campaign on sustainable palm oil has been launched via social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

Project data

Indonesia, Thailand

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture - Indonesia, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives - Thailand
  • Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V.

BMU grant:
5.200.000,00 €

09/2018  till  09/2022


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