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Aidenvironment will attend a PONGO Alliance Event in London 14 June

Eric Wakker of Aidenvironment Asia will be speaking on stranded land in oil palm concessions during a PONGO Alliance event, Achieving a Living Landscape for orangutan, wildlife, people and oil palm, in London, Wednesday 14 June 2017.

Main Discussion Points:

  1. The PONGO Alliance, was initially established to provide solutions of managing orangutans in a mix landscape of oil palm and forests, the Alliance has now expanded its scope to include wildlife within the landscape in which we are working in. PONGO Alliance’s recommends managing orangutans in the landscape where they live, and not translocating them anywhere else, unless all possible alternatives have failed.
  2. Habitat management must include setting up and managing properly a network of protected forest representing a minimum of 20% of every estate. To achieve this, Indonesia and Malaysia need to revoke policies making full conversion of agricultural lease a compulsory requirement.
  3. PONGO’s recent research showed some positive impact of both RSPO certification and “No deforestation, no peat and no exploitation” (NDPE) policies implemented by several grower companies. First, deforestation rates and orangutan losses are lower in RSPO certified companies than non-certified. Second, a recent study by Aidenvironment/Chain Reaction Research found that 6.1 million hectares, or 29 percent of Indonesia’s leased out landbank still holds undeveloped forest and/or peat land. This land cannot be developed without violating buyers’ No Deforestation, No Peatland, No Exploitation (NDPE) policies. 
  4. There is a need for a concerted effort between NGOs, scientists, companies and governments to design new approaches and strategies to manage these productive landscapes in such a way that orangutan and other species can also survive there. Solutions lie in collaborative management of landscapes for the survival of wildlife, based upon scientific knowledge; the PO (Palm Oil) and NGO Alliance aims to develop, monitor and evaluate such efforts.

For more information please contact Eric Wakker.