Nur Aisha Abd. Wahab
Eco-Business (10/07/2018) - A ban on the expansion of Indonesia’s palm oil sector has yet to take effect. What’s the hold-up, and what can the sector do to improve productivity to safeguard the region’s precious rainforests?
More than two years after Indonesia announced a moratorium on expanding oil plantation concessions, efforts to put the ban into effect are being held up by several conflicts of interests, according to Fawziah Selamat, deputy director sustainability, at thinktank Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA).
“There has been a lot of lobbying against the moratorium by palm oil companies,” she told Eco-Business. “At the same time, non-government organisations have criticised drafts of the moratorium saying two years [for the ban to take effect] is not long enough to turn around large-scale deforestation.”