[Jakarta, 18 January 2016] The bulk of the peatland moratorium areas designated as part of the Norway-Indonesia Climate Change Partnership dominated by palm oil plantations, a Greenomics Indonesia report published today in Jakarta (18/01/2016).
The report shows that nearly 1.3 million hectares of peatland moratorium areas in Sumatra's Riau province are made up of palm oil plantations. Watch the video here.
The Norway-Indonesia Climate Change Partnership, which was signed in late May 2010, was intended to contribute to a significant reduction in emissions by, among other things, preventing peatland conversion.
“Can significant reductions in emissions really take place when the majority of the peatland moratorium area is actually used for palm oil plantations?” asked Vanda Mutia Dewi, Executive Director of Greenomics Indonesia, in Jakarta, on Monday (18/01/2016).
She said that peatland moratorium areas with oil palms were not only apparent in the case in Riau but also in other provinces in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
“It should be underlined that the current Indonesian government inherited from the previous administration map of peatland moratorium areas. Those responsible for the implementation of the Norway-Indonesia Climate Change Partnership need to explain why the bulk of the peatland moratorium areas are dominated by palm oil plantations,” Vanda stressed.
The Greenomics Indonesia report also reveals that the supply chains of leading palm-sector business groups, such as Wilmar, Musim Mas, GAR, Cargill, and Asian Agri, are linked to palm oil originating from the peatland moratorium areas. The five groups are all signatories to the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP).
“As signatories to the IPOP, it goes without saying that their supply chains should be free from palm oil sourced from the peatland moratorium areas, whether in Sumatra or Kalimantan. They have to take actions and decision as soon as possible,” Vanda concluded.***