Low-emissions oil palm development in Berau District, East Kalimantan
As of: December 2019
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-emissions oil palm development in Berau District, East Kalimantan
State of implementation/results
- The project supported conflict mediation training for district government officials and non-governmental organization activists on 15-20 October 2018. Nineteen participants became certified mediators and members of the district conflict mediation taskforce.
- Together with the Forest and Climate Change Programme (FORCLIME) programme and the Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD), the project supported the Berau district conflict mediation taskforce in resolving two conflicts in the palm oil sector by the end of last year.
- Together with the co-implementing partner, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the project supported the East Kalimantan Provincial Government in organising a training on 21-23 November 2018 on using electronic reporting for oil palm plantation companies. At present, 95 companies use the application. It helps in collecting, organising, analysing and presenting data on palm oil plantation companies.
- Following the agreement on the spatially-explicit oil palm development planning process, the first background study on land-use change and the role of estate crop development (including oil palm) in deforestation in the district has got underway.