BASP | Sustainable Palm Oil in Belgium: Are we there yet? Road Map 2020 & beyond

BASP | Sustainable Palm Oil in Belgium: Are we there yet? Road Map 2020 & beyond

Active for six years and representing stakeholders within the supply chain, the Belgian Alliance for Sustainable Palm oil (BASP) is taking the lead in gathering data on the progressive use of sustainable palm oil and guiding the transformation towards sustainability on the Belgian market.

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TST – Indonesia arrests executives of palm oil firms in bribery probe

The people are accused of bribing parliamentarians to avoid an investigation into Binasawit’s plantation permits and palm processing waste near Sembuluh lake in the Borneo island, Dy Chief Situmorang said.

Golden Agri, in a statement following the arrest, said: “The company will cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation and hopes that the issues can be resolved as quickly as possible”.

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Mongabay – ‘Empty pocket season’: Dayak women farmers grapple with the impacts of oil palm plantations

“When oil palm was given out by the district head I didn’t accept it. I am still angry at the oil palm companies,” says Monica Mensea. At 83, Mensea is the oldest woman in her village of Long Bentuk, a Dayak Medang indigenous community in East Kalimantan, a province in Indonesian Borneo. Though her body is weakening and her brown eyes are cloudy with cataracts, Mensea’s mind is as sharp as ever. For nearly 20 years she led her community as the kepala adat (customary head) of Long Bentuk, in the administrative district of East Kutai. Despite her firm stance against converting land to industrial oil palm, today a corporate-run estate abuts her village’s land, where her community’s ancestral forest once stood. New pest infestations, oil palm plantations and climate change are all affecting local livelihoods and food availability. Women are suffering the most, through increased workloads and food shortages.

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