JAN is proud to join the focus group discussion “Peran Industri Kelapa Sawit dalam Meningkatkan Kualitas Kesehatan Masyarakat” and provide practical examples on addressing concerns regarding oil palm and its impacts.
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.
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”.
The EU’s biofuel policy was meant to help the climate. Instead it’s been linked to loss of rainforest because of its reliance on palm oil. New rules aim to phase out the oil but the problem runs deeper, say experts.
“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.