One of the RSPO’s principles is to abide by local regulations, meaning member palm oil producers have committed to avoiding planting on peat lands. However, RSPO members have not agreed to a definition for peat land for the purposes of CSPO.
The RSPO is supposed to hold industry to a higher standard than government regulations, she noted, adding, “I think we can agree that palm oil is not sustainable when natural forest is cleared and community needs are not met.”Forest programme director for NGO Rainforest Action Network Lindsey Allen said, “The science is very clear: The climate can’t handle peat deforestation. Politics is the only thing keeping the RSPO from saying no to peat.”
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