Facing the onslaught of accusations and black campaigns against the palm oil industry, Indonesia has to actively display its own story and form a positive image for the industry while at the same time, firmly defending its interests.
Given the large role of the palm oil sector in the Indonesian economy, the Government is very serious and persistent in providing great attention to the development of this commodity industry.
Indonesian Palm Oil Conference (IPOC), an annual conference of the Indonesian Palm oil Producer Association (GAPKI) to kick off on October 31, 2018. This year theme is focusing on how the palm oil industry could contribute to the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Papua, the last Indonesian frontier with a large swath of forests and rich in biodiversity, needs to make sure that conservation efforts can assure a balance between its ecosystem, An involvement of local customary societies is important in achieving that.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.