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Sustainable & climate-friendly palm oil production and procurement

As of: November 2020

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 BAPPENAS Ministry of Planning is supported by the project in developing technical guidelines for a jurisdictional approach to palm oil production. This includes policies for the protection of areas with high ecological conservation value in spatial development plans.
  • 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 municipalities in East Kalimantan supported by the project have designated 9,400 ha as protected areas in their regional planning, of which 1,400 ha were previously designated for oil palm plantations. The palm oil smallholder cooperatives in these municipalities manage 2,700 ha and are being prepared by the project for certification by the ISPO and RSPO organisations.
  • With the support of the project, an increasing amount of data on land use and palm oil production can be viewed on the website of the East-Kutai government district:
  • An online platform for smallholder oil palm farmers is now offering online learning courses for the first time to prepare them for certification according to the sustainability standard RSPO.


  • 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 measures to raise public awareness of the issue.
  • An online campaign on sustainable palm oil through social media like Facebook and LinkedIn has been launched.
  • "i-PALM": The project has developed a special app for palm oil farmers. With its help they can increase their yields, while conserving resources and saving greenhouse gases. It also accompanies them on their way to certification according to the sustainability standard RSPO.


  • Hanover leads the way as a pioneering municipality for sustainable palm oil procurement. A cooperation between Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) and Hanover aims to procure palm oil products exclusively from certified cultivation. Hanover is the first model municipality in Germany to strictly exclude conventional palm oil from purchasing. This is also a response to the destruction of the rainforest and human rights violations in Germany.
  • DUH is calling on other German cities, towns and municipalities to obtain free advice on sustainable palm oil in public procurement. This will be part of the "Tour of the Palm Oil Ambassador" from the end of 2020 until August 2021. Registrations are now possible at:
  • DUH published a press release on the sustainable cultivation of palm oil in March 2020:…
  • A round table on "Certified palm oil in animal feed" will take place in November 2020. The aim is for stakeholders along the supply chain of animal products to discuss the fastest possible conversion to deforestation-free palm oil.

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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