Low-emissions oil palm development in Berau District, East Kalimantan
As of: January 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-emissions oil palm development in Berau District, East Kalimantan
State of implementation/results
- The project supported the annual workshop on Sustainable Estate Crops held by East Kalimantan Provincial Estate Crops Office and hosted by Berau District Estate Crops Office from 22-26 January 2019. Theme of the workshop was Challenges and Strategies to Mitigate Greenhuse Gas Emissions in the Estate Crops Sector. The Director of Estate Crops Safeguards, Ministry of Agriculture presented current regulation on the management of peatland in plantation areas. TNC presented the importance of managing and monitoring high conservation value areas inside oil palm plantations.-- The project supported East Kalimantan Estate Crops Office in conducting a technical workshop to facilitate calculation and stipulation of high conservation value (HCV) area within allocated area for estate crops, using a Development by Design approach on April 9 -10, 2019
- Governor Decree No. 525/K.271/2019 on the official appointment of management and members of the sustainable estate crops forum of East Kalimantan was issued on April 15, 2019. The project has supported the establishment of the forum since 2016.
- In cooperation with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and East Kalimantan Estate Crops Office, the project conducted a Workshop on the Potential of the RSPO Remediation and Compensation Scheme Implementation using Compensation Support Facilities for the Conservation Program in East Kalimantan on July 17, 2019 in Samarinda. During the workshop, TNC introduced the Compensation Support Facility and an online compensation tool which can be used by oil palm companies that want to compensate their liabilities in East Kalimantan.
- A technical workshop on the use of estate crops online reporting system was organized by East Kalimantan Estate Crops Office and supported by the project on July 25, 2019 in Samarinda. The workshop was initiated and funded by Estate Crops Office and technical support was provided by the project. The participants include staffs from oil palm plantation responsible for reporting.