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Singapore – The latest Eyes on the Forest (EoF) report investigated Indonesia’s Palm Oil supply chain and its impact on illegally cleared forest area in national parks, in particular, the Tesso Nilo National Park. It highlighted the importance of tracing Palm Oil supplies to mills, beyond just traders and users.

The moratorium on oil palm plantations issued by the Indonesian government, coupled with the support of oil palm producers via NDPE initiatives brought about 60% decline in Primary Forest loss in 2017, as reported by World Resources Institute (WRI).

Despite this progress, issues in Tesso Nilo National Park remain unresolved. As reported in Reuters (Business Times, 20 July 2018), Indonesia’s Environment Ministry spokesman, Djati Witjaksono Hadi pointed out that many plantations in Tesso Nilo are owned by Smallholders . “Tesso Nilo is a legacy problem,” said Teong Kwee Lim, Musim Mas Director of Strategy and Planning. “Efforts have to be made to balance between social and environmental elements,”

(Reuters’ request for comment was sent by text message to Carolyn Lim, Musim Mas Communications Manager, at 10.50pm, 18 July 2018, which was read only on 7am, 19 July 2018. The article had been published at 12.10am, 19 July 2018.)

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Carolyn Lim
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