The report revealed that nearly 1.3 million hectares of peatland moratorium area spread throughout Sumatra's Riau province is made up of palm oil plantations.
The Norway-Indonesia partnership, which was signed in mid-May 2010, declared its intention of contributing to significantly lower emissions, including by seeking to prevent peatland conversion.
“Can significant reductions in emissions really take place when the majority of the peatland moratorium area is actually used for palm oil plantations?” asked Vanda Mutia Dewi, Executive Director of Greenomics Indonesia last Monday (Jan 18) in Jakarta.
She went on to point out that the phenomenon of peatland moratorium areas being largely used for palm oil plantations is not just confined to Riau, but can also be found in other provinces in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
“It should be underlined that the current Indonesian government inherited from the previous administration map of peatland moratorium areas. In light of this, of course the parties involved in the implementation of the Norway-Indonesia partnership should explain why the majority of peatland moratorium areas are in fact composed of palm oil plantations,” Vanda urged.
The Greenomics report also disclosed that the supply chains of leading business groups in the palm oil sector, such as Wilmar, Musim Mas, GAR, Cargill, and Asian Agri, remain associated with palm oil derived from peatland moratorium areas. These five companies have previously joined together in signing the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP).
“As signatories to the IPOP, these business groups have undertaken to ensure that their supply chains do not extend to or impinge on peatland moratorium areas, either in Sumatra or Kalimantan. They have to take actions and decision as soon as possible,” Vanda concluded.