Tropical Forest Alliance 2020: Promoting Sustainability and Productivity in the Palm Oil and Pulp & Paper Sectors Workshop Outcomes Summary
This paper summarizes the outcomes of a workshop held by the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020) together with the Indonesian government in Jakarta, Indonesia.
TFA 2020 aims to reduce tropical deforestation associated with key global commodities, such as palm oil, soy, beef and paper. The workshop’s goal was to identify ways to eliminate deforestation and rights violations from the palm oil and pulp & paper value chains while increasing production.
This includes attracting new sources of finance to help conserve forests. About 190 people representing producing and consuming countries, companies, governments and non-governmental organizations attended.
President Indonesian Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono committed to initiating a process to recognize the collective ownership of “customary forest” in Indonesia, stating it would enable a shift toward sustainable growth in the forest and peatlands sector.
The Consumer Goods Forum and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN) agreed to implement guidelines that reflect Asia Pulp and Paper’s commitment to stop deforestation. They also expressed support for REDD+ and agreed to encourage more palm oil producers and buyers to follow a commitment made by Golden Agri Resources and Nestle to protect High-Carbon Stock Areas. They also agreed to consider a program to use financing to encourage smallholders to increase sustainable production of palm oil.
Participants also identified the need for policy reforms and identified 14 other areas for further action.