Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 Workshop on Promoting Sustainability and Productivity in the Palm Oil and Pulp & Paper Sectors Summary Report
The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020), in collaboration with the Indonesian government, conducted a workshop on June 27-28 in Jakarta, Indonesia promoting sustainability and productivity in the palm oil and pulp & paper sectors. This paper describes the workshop itself and its goals and outcomes.
TFA 2020 aims to reduce tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of key global commodities. The workshop’s goal was to identify challenges and solutions related to eliminating deforestation and rights violations from the palm oil and pulp & paper value chains while increasing production. About 190 individuals representing international and Indonesian-based organizations attended.
In break-out sessions, participants discussed: the challenges associated with shifting the expansion of oil palm cultivation to degraded lands; minimizing the impacts of palm oil development on tropical forests in Africa and Latin America; increasing yields and market access for smallholders; emerging small- and medium-scale producers; land rights and conflict resolution; and land-use conversation and new guidelines for pulp and paper. Each proposed next steps and action items.
U.S. and Indonesian officials and key private sector participants gave their own perspectives on work toward a common vision. Gavin Neath of Unilever noted that key areas of focus for the workshops were yields, productivity, creating the right market signals, governance and regulation, monitoring, evaluation and finance, and getting a sense of what the group could do next.