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Sustainable palm oil: Marketing ploy or true commitment? New research examines RSPO standards

.org/">Forest Peoples Programme, an international human rights organisation. "In their rush to encourage investment and exports, governments are trampling their own citizens' rights. Global investors, retailers, manufacturers and traders must insist on dealing in conflict-free palm oil, and national governments must up their game and respect communities' rights."

Indonesia Leads in Both Palm Oil Production and Deforestation

Southeast Asia is the epicentre of the palm oil industry. Indonesia, where the RSPO meeting will take place, is the world's largest producer and exporter of palm oil, with 10.8 million hectares of land planted with oil palm trees, a number projected to expand to more than 20 million hectaresmore than 10 percent of the entire countryby 2020. Indonesia also ranks third in the world for carbon dioxide emissions, primarily because of deforestation and destruction of the nation's peatlands.

Many of the Indonesian plantations, along with processing plants and other facilities in the palm oil supply chain, are based in Sumatra, making Medan the unofficial capital of Indonesia's palm oil industry. The city is bracing for street theatre and protests during the RSPO meeting.

Forest Peoples Programme, Sawit Watch and Transformasi Untuk Keadilan Indonesia produced the investigative study in collaboration with 17 international, national and grassroots partner organisations and supporters in the major palm-oil producing countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Free, Prior, and Informed Consent: Unimplemented and Under-enforced

The 16 case studies in the research reveal that the RSPO process has at

Contact: Dan Klotz
Burness Communications

Gemma Humphrys
Forest Peoples Programme

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