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Palm oil deforestation makes comeback in Indonesia after decade-long slump

Deforestation caused by the palm oil industry in Indonesia has risen for the second consecutive year in 2023, breaking a downward trend that had lasted for a decade. An analysis conducted by TheTreeMap, a technology consultancy, revealed that palm oil companies cleared 30,000 hectares of forest last year, up from 22,000 hectares in 2022. This marks a departure from the declining trend observed since the record deforestation of 227,000 hectares in 2012.
TheTreeMap's analysis, which utilized plantation concession data from Greenpeace, identified 53 companies responsible for the forest clearance, with 20 of them operating on carbon-rich peatlands. The largest deforester was Ciliandry Anky Abadi (CAA), whose subsidiaries cleared 2,302 hectares across their concessions.
An investigation by The Gecko Project linked CAA to Indonesian conglomerate First Resources, a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The investigation suggested that First Resources used "shadow companies" to bypass sustainability standards while presenting an image of environmental responsibility. Allegations against First Resources led to a complaint being lodged at the RSPO in 2021, with additional evidence submitted by Indonesian civil society organizations in January 2023.
First Resources has denied operating shadow companies and emphasized its cooperation with the RSPO's investigation process. The company stated that it does not own or manage CAA and NBA/Sulaidy Group, and does not purchase palm oil products from them.
Deforestation for palm oil plantations, particularly on the islands of Indonesian Borneo and Papua, has surged in recent years. A significant portion of the 2023 deforestation occurred on peatlands, which are highly susceptible to fires and emit large amounts of greenhouse gases when cleared. Oil palm plantations have been identified as the largest contributor to deforestation in Indonesia, contributing to approximately one-fifth of the country's emissions.
Efforts to address deforestation in the palm oil industry include the Simulation of Indonesian Palm Oil Sustainability (SIPOS) platform developed by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). This platform allows stakeholders to assess the trade-offs between economic development, emissions reductions, and social benefits in palm oil-producing regions.
Indonesia is also grappling with the implications of the European Union regulation on deforestation-free products (EUDR), which bans the import of agricultural products linked to deforestation or illegal sources since 2020. Smallholder oil palm farmers in Indonesia are expected to be disproportionately affected by this regulation. However, Indonesia has the potential to comply with the EUDR by addressing illegal plantations and reducing deforestation rates. Despite the challenges, CIFOR's Herry Purnomo expressed confidence in Indonesia's ability to achieve sustainable palm oil production.




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  • Jane Wangui

    8 w

    The sight is not attractive at all. Forests make our environment look lovely and makes our air fresh.We must preserve them.

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    • johnte ndeto

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      Indonesia should consider protecting her forests from unscrupulous palm oil companies that care only of profit making at the expense of forests

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      • We Don't Have Time

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        • Sarah Chabane

          8 w

          That's very sad....

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          • Elizabeth Gathigia

            8 w

            Production of palm oil should be banned, it does alots harm to the environment leading to deforestation, air pollution, soil degradation etc

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            • Chris Ndungu

              8 w

              The Indonesian government need to take a serious action to this company as it is jeopardizing the lives of many. It is not all about making money!

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              • Princess

                8 w

                We must redouble our efforts to promote sustainable practices and hold accountable those responsible for such ecological devastation.

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                • Markus Lutteman

                  8 w

                  Food producers have a big responsibility here as well. When it says ”vegetable oil” on the list of ingredients, it’s almost always palm oil. When they stop using it, the forests will stand.

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                  • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                    8 w

                    The picture itself is disgusting. The Indonesian government needs to take thorough action to prevent more deforestation. I believe Indonesia can still farm palm oil and conserve existing forests at the same time.

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                    • Boniface Kuria

                      8 w

                      @rukia_ahmed_abdi True. You cannot clear forests to make way for agriculture. Planting palm trees reduces biodiversity and may lead to extinction of some flora and fauna in that ecosystem.

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                    • Saustine Lusanzu

                      8 w

                      This is not acceptable, palm trees are important in greening the environment and restoring the lost nature, immediate action should be taken

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                      • Felix mokaya

                        8 w

                        This is not the way Indonesia .It should engage with deforestation free products for the betterness of the environment .

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                        • Saustine Lusanzu

                          8 w

                          @felix_mokaya I second that

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