West Papua is again committed to making 70% of its area a conservation area. This was expressed by West Papua Governor Dominggus Madacan at the International Conference on Biodiversity, Ecotourism and Creative Economy (ICBE) 2018.read more
The four-day International Conference on Biodiversity, Ecotourism and Creative Economy (ICBE) event has produced fourteen points that will become the foundation for building the Papua region with the sustainability principle.read more
West Papua Province which declares itself as Conservation Province with Sustainable Development for Special Provincial Regulations (Perdasus) requires the support of various parties–the Central Government, Regional Governments, governments of other countries and global donor organizations.read more
This agreement is an important step for the two provinces with abundant natural resources and biodiversity while facing various challenges, such as the low capacity of human resources, deforestation, changes in land functions, tenurial conflicts, and so on.read more
Recently environmental activist organization Greenpeace has aggressively thrown accusations against private palm oil giant Wilmar and occupied its oil refinery, an action the palm oil company referred as an act of trespassing and vandalism.read more
The Government inaugurated the use of 20-percent biodiesel or B20 on August 31, 2018, aiming to reduce the cost of importing diesel fuel. Majority of people, however, fill their diesel-powered vehicles with diesel fuel without knowing its content.read more
What Indonesian newspapers are reporting about the industry
Bisnis Indonesia, 2 October 2018 Cofco International Palm Oil Production Analyst Roby Fauzan predicted Indonesia's exports of crude palm oil (CPO) and its derivatives wouldn't recover at least until October. India, China, and European Union, three main CPO importers...
Kontan Harian, 21 September 2018 The national palm oil industry continues the attempts to convince the global market regarding environmental issues faced by the industry. Unfortunately, the efforts are still deemed inadequate. Maverick Communication Specialist Ong...
The Jakarta Post, 20 September 2018 A commitment to source palm oil only from producers that are committed to protecting the environment and respecting human rights was introduced in late 2013 as a reaction to the reckless expansion of oil palm plantations. The...
Kompas, 20 September 2018 Palm oil industry players are boosting positive campaign to show off the implementation of sustainable practices in Indonesia. The campaign is expected to counter negative accusations that hamper palm oil export to other countries, including...
The Palm Scribe compiles press releases from various parties in the palm oil industry.
Musi Banyuasin, 16 October 2017 – Asian Agri, one of the leading private companies in Indonesia, signed an MoU with cooperative KUD Sawit Subur, bank BRI and government body BPDPKS (Indonesian Oil Palm Estate Fund Agency) for a smallholder oil palm replanting program...
Pangkalan Bun, 8 November 2017 – PT Sawit Sumbermas Sarana Tbk. (SSMS) has published a new Sustainability Policy that will be followed by a Sustainability Road Map by the end of December 2017, committing the company to a more specific set of time-bound commitments....
“Existing policies, whatever their form, must be directed towards strengthening the capacity and productivity of planters, including access to markets and financing, while at the same time support an agriculture that guarantees environmental conservation,” Fitrian said.
“I think that so much of this industry is already in place and there is no turning back, really. The question is how much more, how further will it go,” Fries said.
Ever curious on whether good intentions actually translate into something workable, The Palm Scribe took to the streets to interview at random the targeted decision-makers that would benefit most from the Ecolabel – the housewife.
That one’s life can turn like a wheel, with its ups and downs, is something that Samuel Maikea and his wife Rachel Derione can vouch for. This native Papuan couple from the Iwaro Tribe have now settled in Puragi village, in the South Sorong district of West Papua....
The Greenpeace reports also fell into the trap of traditional grievances against palm oil that are no longer relevant. It claims that the production of the commodity is rapidly pushing deforestation and depleting forests.
The good intentions of a new political party, the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) to defend the weakening rupiah and efforts to boost state revenues has unfortunately stumbled on the choice of subject to illustrate it – palm oil.
SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS EXPO
9 – 11 Oktober 2018
This conference is the only specialized Palm Oil event in Asia that brings together an international congregation of both upstream and downstream palm oil companies and also its supporting industries gathered in the capital city of North Sumatera, Medan to showcase the latest developments in the palm oil industry.