The Indonesian Parliment © The Official CTBTO

The Indonesian Parliment © The Official CTBTO

Governments create policies to address environmental and social issues associated with palm oil production. Policy makers can play a key role in influencing supply and demand for sustainable palm oil. They can promote greater environmental and social stewardship by reforming land allocation and land use policy to be more transparent, enforceable, and based on conservation needs and priorities.
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KSI Sumatra High Conservation Value forest corridor in an Indonesian oil palm landscape © Calley Beamish

KSI Sumatra High Conservation Value forest corridor in an Indonesian oil palm landscape © Calley Beamish

Certification schemes provide palm oil companies with the opportunity to commit to sustainable practices and ensure the credibility of these commitments. Most certification schemes are founded on a set of principles to which all bodies certified under the scheme must adhere. These principles divide into subcategories, or ‘criteria’, with specific guidelines and reporting requirements. Palm oil can be certified under a number of different agricultural certification schemes.
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ZSL is working with palm oil companies to protect the critically endangered Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae)

ZSL is working with palm oil companies to protect the critically endangered Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae)

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) inform policy makers based on their experience in addressing social and environmental issues. NGO input can assist policy makers to identify knowledge gaps and weaknesses in existing systems, establish priorities for assessment, strengthen social and environmental policy safeguards, and build cooperation among different stakeholders. NGOs also work to raise awareness on palm oil issues, provide advice and training and participate actively in conservation.
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