Policy dialogue

Toward Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia: Reconciling Economic Development and Forest Conservation

J.S. Luwansa Hotel, H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. C-22, Jakarta Selatan, 26 September 2019

Oil palm, a multipurpose crop, is in many ways emblematic of key economic, social and environmental challenges and opportunities. The rapid growth of palm oil demand worldwide, and the rapid expansion of oil palm plantations in the tropics, including in Indonesia, has put the crop at the center of controversies (Rival and Levang, 2014).

Palm oil has many uses, from food and energy to several other industrial uses. Palm oil can be used for cooking, and in making margarine, detergents and cosmetics. Since the last decade, palm oil has also been used as a key feedstock for biofuels in some countries as they try to diversify their energy supply (Soh et al. 2003; Murphy 2007; Ngando-Ebongue et al. 2012). Thus, the increased global demand for food, energy and other industrial uses products triggers an increased demand for palm oil.

For Indonesia, oil palm contributes significantly to the national development. In 2017, its export value reached USD 23 billion (Reily and Ekarina 2018; Tim Riset PASPI 2018). Oil palm also contributed 17% of the agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014 (MoA 2015). In addition, according to the 2013 agricultural census, about 2 million smallholders cultivate oil palm (BPS 2013).
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Date and venue
The policy dialogue will be held on Thursday, 26 September 2019 at Hotel JS Luwansa, H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. C-22, Jakarta Selatan, from 08.30 to 15.30 WIB.

The dialogue will be moderated by Prita Laura.

Rizka Taranita
Email: r.taranita@cgiar.org
Phone: 0812 827 9850





Opening: The National Anthem of Indonesia - Indonesia Raya


Report from Organizing Committee by: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)


Session 1: Indonesian palm oil policy, global trade and consumer perspective

Invited Discussants

Dr. Darmin Nasution
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs
Mr. Joko Supriyono
Head of Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI)
Mr. Michael Bucki
Climate Change and Environment Counselor, European Union Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam
Ms. Tiur Rumondang
RSPO’s Indonesia Director of Operations
Dr.Ir. Kasdi Subagyono, M.Sc.
Director General of Plantations, Ministry of Agriculture
Dr. Alain Rival
Director of Regional Office of CIRAD, Indonesia


Ms. Prita Laura

Coffee is served


Feedback from participants


Session 2: Palm oil economy and forest/environmental conservation

Invited Discussants

Prof. Dr.Ir. Sigit Hardwinarto, M.Agr
Director General, Forest Planning and Environmental Governance, Ministry of Environment and Forestry
Dr. Agus Purnomo
Managing Director Sustainability and Strategic Stakeholders Engagement SMART/Golden Agri Resources (GAR)
Ir. Rawing Rambang, M.P.
Head of Plantation Office, Central Kalimantan Province
Mr. Ibrahim Gulagnar
Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS)
Ms. Nur Hidayat
Executive Director of WALHI
Ms. Diah Suradiredja


Ms. Prita Laura

Feedback from participants




Session 3: Reconciling palm oil economic development and forest conservation

Invited Discussants

Ir. Medrilzam, M.Prof.Econ, Ph.D
Director of Environment, National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas)
Dr. Sonny Mumbunan
Research Center for Climate Change, (RCCC), University of Indonesia
Mr. Enda Ginting
Executive Office of the President of Indonesia on Priority Program Management Office of the President of Indonesia
Dr. Agus Justianto
Director General, Forestry and Environment Research, Development and Innovation Agency with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry
Prof. Ahmad Maryudi
Sebijak Institute, Faculty of Forestry, Gadjah Mada University (UGM)


Ms. Prita Laura

Feedback from participants


Wrap up

Mr. Nurcahyo Adi
Forum Sertifikasi Indonesia and IFCC

Coffee break (buffet)