European Palm Oil Conference 2018: Regent of Musi Banyuasin Conveys His Commitment Regarding Commodity Issues

Madrid, 4 October 2018 - The Success of the District Government of Musi Banyuasin (Muba) in developing palm oil commodities is catching the attention of many parties, both at national and international levels. This time, that success was led by the Regent of Musi Banyuasin who is also the Chairperson of Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari, Dodi Reza Alex Noerdin. This made him won the trust to become one of the panelists in the ‘Partnership in SDGs on Sustainable Palm Oil’ session at the European Palm Oil Conference # EPOC2018 with Amsterdam Declaration Support Unit, RSPO Europe and Wageningen University in Madrid.

Dodi Reza Alex Noerdin said that the commitment to reach the SDGs had begun at the District level mainly through the commodity issue. Only, the biggest challenge now is the availability of appropriate data and maps, especially regarding farmers. With maps and data, districts can focus more on developing the right programs for them increase the farmers’ capacity and encourage intensification.

"The development of strategic palm oil commodities in Indonesia will contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Indonesia, and this has already begun in Muba, "said the Regent of Muba, Dodi Reza Alex Noerdin, as one of the panelists in EPOC 2018 in Madrid. He said that several targets to realize the sustainable green development that can be achieved mainly through sustainable palm oil are food security, clean water availability, economic growth and employment, and risk reduction of land expansion and deforestation.

"One concrete example is the achievement of Muba to get replanting financial support from Palm Oil BPDP for the farmers, especially the privates ones. This process lasts for more than two years and cannot be done without clear farmers' spatial & socio-economic data. The data collected is the result of multi-stakeholder collaboration in the district, "explained Dodi who is also the Chairperson of the Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari (LTKL).

Dodi added, focusing on data and maps, the District could focus more on developing appropriate programs to increase the farmers’ capacity and encourage intensification. "Good maps and data also enable the district to monitor and enforce law in the palm oil sector effectively together with provinces and the central – here, it is clear that reducing deforestation rates will be difficult to achieve without maps and good data, "he added.

On the occasion, also attended together with Musi Banyuasin Regent Dodi Reza Alex Noerdin other panellists including the Malaysian Minister of Industry, Madam Theresa Kok Suh Sim, Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia Enggartiasto Lukita, and former Columbia President Alvaro Uribe Velez. In addition, the EPOA Chairperson, Frans Claassen, Secretary General of European Palm Oil Alliance, Margot Logman, and Professor of the University of Cagliari, Department of Biomedical Science, Sebastiano Banni.

Dodi also conveyed, as stated by President Jokowi at the World Economic Forum, Hanoi and the Minister of Trade this morning, that we all need a mutual cooperation to become ‘The Avengers’ of the sustainable palm oil to eradicate ‘THANOS’ in the form of trade wars that will ultimately harm all of us, especially 4 million Indonesian farmers, more than 20,000 family in Musi Banyuasin alone - the biggest investor in the palm oil sector - are risking all of their assets to develop the sustainable palm oil.

He continued, the District Government of Musi Banyuasin believed that to answer this challenge, the district could not work alone - hence Muba cooperates with various parties and establishes Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari in an effort to collaborate with other districts. Muba believes that this good example will be followed by other districts, especially through Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari network and APKASI that have been established. "With the districts’ commitments, then the SDGs and various policies to improve Indonesian governance such as ISPO, oil moratorium and One Map also Private Institutions commitments, sustainability will be achieved easier," he concluded.

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