2016-01-28

Indonesian minister gives green light to a detailed study of IPOP through bilateral cooperation


JAKARTA
(foresthints.news) - The Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry
Siti Nurbaya has said she would willingly study Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP) in detail as part of bilateral cooperation with governments of countries that have asked Indonesia to adopt IPOP, in particular the government of the United States.

In my view, bilateral cooperation is the right step forward for discussing the requests of these respective countries. All elements of IPOP will be up for joint discussion in a detailed manner through a bilateral cooperation forum. There will, of course, be intensive dialogue which will give rise to new perspectives. As I see it, this process needs to be accelerated, the Minister told foresthints.news on Monday (Jan 25) in Jakarta.

The Minister explained that as part of a detailed study of IPOP through a bilateral cooperation forum, she would invite all the relevant provincial governors to participate, in particular the Governors of Papua and West Papua.

Certainly we need the perspectives of the relevant governors to assess to what extent development programs can be implemented in their areas if IPOP is indeed adopted, the Minister explained.

The Minister added that if there was bilateral cooperation in studying IPOP, a number of conclusions and recommendations would likely be made, and these would then be jointly studied to determine appropriate follow-up measures.

We hope that this kind of process will go ahead - bilateral cooperation that is transparent and based on dialog and details, the Minister continued.

When asked about her position on a number of palm oil business groups that have already become signatories to IPOP, the Minister said that this is a business decision on the part of these businesses, and the Indonesian government is not in a position to oppose such decisions.

The government frequently receives a lot of reports about the difficulties involved in implementing IPOP, including from the IPOP signatories themselves. This is, of course, a concern to us and we will raise these issues when conducting a detailed study of IPOP through bilateral cooperation, the Minister concluded.