Monthly Archives: March 2012

Kadin reminds industries of their commitment to cut emissions

Source:  Antara News, March 26, 2012

The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and industry (Kadin) on sunday reminded industries of the country of their comitment to cutting greenhouse gas emisssion by 26 percent in 2020.

“The target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 26 percent must receive support from industries because the target is the commitment of our country to the world,” Kadin Deputy Chief for the Environment and Climate Change Sinta W Kamdani said.
In principle, all parties were held responsible for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “Yet industries particularly those dealing with natural resources must play a greater role in realizing our commitment to the world,” she said.
The target must be achieved in such a measurable way that the government`s program to improve the environment could be realized properly, she said.
Therefore, the use of emission gauge Li-Cor 8100 automated soil C02 flux system which is the newest technology and can download CO2 real time data might serve as a reference for industries to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Right now PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP) was the only company in Indonesia which had such emission gauge, she said.
Dr Wawan, member of the Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) team of the Forestry Ministry said Li-Cor 8100 Automated Soil C02 Flux System was the newest technology to download C02 real time data.
“This instrument is very practical because it can be downloaded any time,” he said.
(S012/A014)
Editor: Ella Syafputri
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/80894/kadin-reminds-industries-of-their-commitment-to-cut-emissions

Norwegia Sediakan Tenaga Ahli bagi Indonesia

Sumber : Kompas – 14 Maret 2012

Pemerintah Norwegia akan mendampingi Indonesia dalam tahapan pelaksanaan pemantauan, pelaporan, dan verifikasi pelaksanaan program pengurangan laju deforestasi dan kerusakan hutan. Salah satunya, menyediakan tenaga ahli agar pelaksanaan kegiatan itu efektif dan mengundang kepercayaan masyarakat Indonesia dan luar negeri.

”Kami akan mengirim tenaga ahli untuk membantu pemantauan, pelaporan, dan verifikasi (MRV) bagi program pengurangan laju deforestasi dan kerusakan hutan (REDD+),” kata Hans Brattskar, Utusan Khusus Norwegia untuk Perubahan Iklim, Selasa (13/3) malam, di Jakarta. Ia bersama Duta Besar Norwegia untuk Indonesia Eivind Homme dan Ketua Satuan Tugas Persiapan Kelembagaan REDD+ Kuntoro Mangkusubroto mengadakan konferensi pers terkait kunjungan delegasi Norwegia pada Rabu dan Kamis besok ke Kabupaten Mamberamo, Papua.

Papua, satu dari sembilan provinsi percontohan REDD+ di Indonesia, dikunjungi karena telah memiliki rencana tata ruang wilayah dan pemerintah daerah terbuka dengan program itu. ”Bumi Cenderawasih” yang masih memiliki banyak hutan primer ini diharapkan menjadi inti dari strategi REDD+ dalam mencegah hilangnya hutan Indonesia.

Brattskar mengatakan, pengiriman tenaga ahli itu merupakan dukungan nyata bagi komitmen Indonesia dalam mengurangi emisi 26-41 persen. Dukungan awal adalah penandatanganan nota kesepakatan (letter of intent) pada 26 Mei 2010.

Pemanfaatan dana

Dalam kerja sama itu, Norwegia memberikan dana 1 miliar dollar AS secara bertahap dengan syarat Indonesia mampu mengurangi emisi yang telah diverifikasi. Kuntoro mengatakan, dana dari Norwegia telah turun 30 juta dollar AS yang dikelola oleh Program Pembangunan Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa (UNDP).

Satuan Tugas REDD+ telah menggunakan 5 juta dollar AS untuk penyusunan pemetaan (moratorium), pelatihan, dan kegiatan lain.

”Pihak Norwegia mengatakan (penyerapan) sangat lambat. Tetapi, memang saya ketat sekali dalam pemakaian, kalau tidak butuh, ya tidak akan dipakai uangnya,” kata Kuntoro yang juga Kepala Unit Kerja Presiden bidang Pengawasan dan Pengendalian Pembangunan.

Menurut Kuntoro, Satgas Persiapan Kelembagaan REDD+ yang dipimpinnya sedang mencari instrumen dalam penyusunan instrumen pendanaan, pembentukan institusi, serta mekanisme dan institusi MRV. Instrumen dan institusi ini tidak hanya bekerja bagi dana Norwegia, tetapi juga program-program REDD+ di negara-negara lain. Di Indonesia saat ini sedang ada proyek REDD+ spasial yang didanai Australia (Ausaid) dan Uni Eropa.

Dalam satu semester ini, kata Kuntoro, instrumen pendanaan REDD+ harus sudah diselesaikan timnya. Ia mengatakan, instrumen ini sangat krusial karena menyangkut pendanaan yang sensitif bagi hubungan antarnegara dan masyarakat lokal di sekitar program REDD+. (ICH)

Link : http://nasional.kompas.com/read/2012/03/14/0402271/norwegia.sediakan.tenaga.ahli.bagi.indonesia

JOB: SME Tax Consultant – Investment Climate Program

Source : March 14, 2012

SME Tax Consultant – Investment Climate Program
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Last date: March 26, 2012

The Organization: The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, promotes sustainable private sector investment in developing countries as a way to reduce poverty and improve people’s lives. In addition to its investment work, IFC executes a major program of private sector advisory services projects (AS).

The Program: The objectives of the Investment Climate (IC) program are to promote direct investment in the private sector, build local businesses and financial intermediaries, and help improve the business enabling environment. Through a set of related projects, the IC Program in Indonesia supports IFC Indonesia’s goals of reducing climate change impact, urban sustainability, rural inclusion and global competitiveness.

The Project: IFC is supporting the Government of Indonesia in the implementation of a tax simplification that aims at improving the tax regulatory environment for SMEs by reducing the time and financial cost of tax compliance faced by taxpayers, and reducing administration costs faced by tax authorities.

Scope of the job: The SME Tax Consultant reports directly to the Project Leader of Indonesia Small Business Taxation Project and will work closely with the project team including IC operations officers, EAP Regional Tax Specialist, Global Tax Specialist and other IFC resources. The SME Tax Consultant shall provide insight into concrete small business taxation issues and challenges faced in the design and implementation of tax regulation. The primary focus of the work will be on close cooperation with government counterparts in order to initiate/implement regulatory changes.

This position reports directly to the Project Leader (PL) – Indonesia Small Business Taxation

The STC, in conjunction with IFC SME tax experts and related experts, will provide substantive and technical support to the PL and the project team on the following four areas:
1. Advice in designing the overall small business tax regime to, among others, arrive at the appropriate form of tax, criteria for segmenting tax payers, MSME tax thresholds and aligning them with the VAT threshold, the rules to govern movement of taxpayers between the MSME regime and the full tax system, measures to safeguard against abuse of the system – for instance, by larger businesses breaking into smaller individual units to take advantage of the streamlined processes in the MSME tax regime; and so on.

2. Advice in designing administrative arrangements for the MSME tax regime to minimize the amount of time and administration required by taxpayers to comply with the new system and the costs to tax administrator in dealing with taxpayers. This includes, among others, (i) reforming the structure of tax authority offices to deal with the needs of small taxpayers, (ii) designing a risk-based audit system for MSME regime taxpayers, allowing tax administrator to target audits to those most at risk of non-compliance and (iii) designing a dispute resolution mechanism for disputes involving small amounts which can reduce the time required to resolve a case and relieve the backlog of small disputes coming before the tax courts.

3. Legislation: advice and expert peer review in the legal drafting process to ensure that best practices in the design and administrative arrangements above are incorporated and properly articulated in the ensuing MSME tax regulations.

4. Support in public communications and implementation. Successful implementation of the MSME tax regime requires extensive communications and outreach to taxpayers to assist them to understand the requirements of the new system. Training and development of tax authority staff will also be necessary to ensure that they are able to administer the system.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Drawing on a knowledge of Indonesia’s SME sector and its current taxation arrangements, assist the team to identify and understand the interaction of SMEs with the tax system in Indonesia and formulate proposals for SME tax policy / process reform in line with the client’s needs;
• Develop and nurture effective working relationship with relevant government and private sector partners to ensure good communication and productive collaboration;
• Take an active role in discussions with private sector and government counterparts to explore and/or demonstrate the legal and practical feasibility of the proposed reforms/regulations and incorporate private sector feedback into development of and advocacy for new reforms;
• Assist in the preparation of all information documents, and particularly ensure their relevance to Indonesian taxation laws and regulations.
• Assist and advise in the design of outreach and capacity building programs and training materials required to implement regulatory reforms;
• Communicate and work effectively with IFC’s global and regional tax product colleagues;
• Prepare high quality project reporting documents and ensure they are submitted on time.
• Consolidate and analyze lessons learned from project implementation experience and share with team members and colleagues across the region and IFC;
• Represent IFC and the project at conferences, round-tables, committees or working groups as assigned by the Project Leader;
• Perform other functions as required and directed by the Project Leader or Regional Business Line Leader.

Qualifications:
• Degree in Accounting / Law / Economics, or equivalent, preferably at a post-graduate level;
• Strong analytical skills;
• Strong knowledge and hands-on experience working in the area of SME taxation in Indonesia;
• Minimum five years of direct experience working in the areas of tax consultancy, tax audit or tax policy reforms is preferred, preferably with strong exposure on small business taxation;
• Experience with international and/or bilateral/multilateral development institutions would be an advantage, as well as prior work in advisory/consulting in private sector development;
• Flexibility and creativity in working in a dynamic environment;
• An advanced command of Bahasa Indonesia and English, both spoken and written.
• Ability to create and nurture effective working relationships with the project’s clients.
• Excellent presentation as well as oral and written communications skills; experience working with high level public and private sector counterparts, highly desirable;
• Active user of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
• Willingness to travel frequently throughout Indonesia and in the region.

Please submit your expression of interest in a cover letter and comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV) by 12.00PM, March 26, 2012 electronically to TPramodhawardani@ifc.org.
All applications will be treated in strict confidence and ONLY short-listed candidates will be contacted. No telephone calls, faxes or letters will be accepted.

IFC’s vision is that people should have the opportunity to escape poverty and improve their lives.
www.ifc.org/indonesia

Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund

Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund

The Fund provides financial assistance to gather investments towards climate change-related activities, also stressing the importance of climate change to be taken into consideration among the country government priorities.

OBJECTIVE
To attract investments towards climate change-related activities and mainstream climate change into the country government’s agenda

RECIPIENTS
Indonesian public and private entities.

COVERAGE
Indonesia

TYPE
This fund provides financial assistance for projects aiming at reducing Indonesia’s GHG emissions on both the energy demand and the energy supply side. Other eligible activities are those that revolve around forestry and sustainable forest use for the enhancement of livelihoods of those living in forest areas.

HOW TO APPLY
n/a

SIZE
USD 18 million pledged, USD 8.5 million deposited

CONTACT
Email secretariat@icctf.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website www.icctf.org

Link : http://global-mechanism.org/en/adaptation-and-mitigation-funds/indonesia-climate-change-trust-fund

PRESS RELEASE Indonesia-Norway Partnership Gains Momentum for Good Governance

Source : Mailist – March 14, 2012

PRESS RELEASE
Indonesia-Norway Partnership Gains Momentum for Good Governance

Jakarta, 12 March 2012 –This week,

Ambassador Hans Brattskar, Director General and Special Envoy for Climate Change of Norway is in Indonesia to coordinate with the
Indonesian REDD+ Task Force led by Minister Kuntoro Mangkusubroto to discuss progress in the implementation of the Indonesia – Norway Partnership to support efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).

Ambassador Brattskar met with the Chairs of the REDD+ Working Group to learn about developments in building institutions and implementing strategic initiatives and pilot programs to curb deforestation. “We are taking the necessary steps to carry out the President’s commitment to maintain an economic growth of 7% while protecting our forest and reducing our emissions by 41% with international support. The success of the REDD+ program is important in achieving this dual targets. Norway has been an important ally in
Indonesia’s respond to the common challenge of climate change,” said Kuntoro.

“Norway is proud to be part of and is fully committed to this partnership. I am confident Indonesia can meet its ambitious targets and look forward to seeing the effective implementation of the REDD+ strategy and the establishment of agreed institutions,” remarked Brattskar.

One of the key strategic initiatives being implemented is a two-year moratorium on new licenses. President Yudhoyono signed the Presidential Instruction (Inpres) 10/2011 on Suspension of New Licenses and Improvement of Governance on Primary Forest and Peatland in May 2011. Since then, the President’s Delivery Unit on Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4) along with the REDD+ Task Force have worked with relevant ministries and government agencies to formulate action plans for the next two years. These
action plans will create transparency of information among ministries and businesses, to strengthen integration and synchronization of data, and to provide access for increased
public participation – all are important pre-requisites to achieving wider reform in forest governance.

“The moratorium and the efforts to create one integrated map of all concessions handed out by different ministries, have revealed the chaos resulting from decades of past mistakes on our land use management,” said Minister Kuntoro, who also serves as the Head of the UKP4. “This moratorium is about developing better governance of forest and peat-land. We intend to create a more accountable, transparent, cross-sector approach to licensing, develop the appropriate policy for license review and when verified and necessary, enforce breaches in the law.”

“I understand the challenges of Indonesia, and I am impressed and encouraged by the holistic and systematic approach to REDD+ taken by the Government of Indonesia and Minister Kuntoro. Norway supports the moratorium and see it as an excellent opportunity for forest governance reforms and as an initiative that will help Indonesia reduce its emissions in line with President Yudhoyono’s pledge”, Brattskar said.

Following meetings with government officials in Jakarta, the Norwegian delegation together with the REDD+ Task Force will be visiting Papua to meet with the local government, representatives from the Low Carbon Economy Task Force, local environmental
organisations and development partners. “

“Last time we visited Central Kalimantan. This time we are happy to visit Papua, which is crucial to the realization of the Government of Indonesia’s climate change pledges. I am looking very much forward to go to Papua tomorrow to see the vast intact forests you have there, to meet with local communities and to discuss sustainable development opportunities with the provincial authorities there.”, said Brattskar.

The Indonesian REDD+ Task Force fully recognizes the importance Papua will play in the unfolding of the countries REDD+ future, and has initiated facilitation to synchronize the provinces Low Carbon Development plan with the REDD+ National Strategy. “The REDD+
Indonesia Task Force, fully recognizes the pivotal role that Papua will play in our efforts to reduce deforestation,” stated Kuntoro. “We have been following closely the positive developments in this province, especially on how the provincial government has been
working closely with civil society and adat (or indigenous) representatives in developing the provincial spatial plan (RTRWP).”
The work being done on low carbon development in Papua, as well as in other forested provinces, will provide input into the national framework for REDD+, which will then be implemented at a sub-national level.

In May 2010, Indonesia and Norway signed a Letter of Intent in Oslo outlining the framework for a partnership to combat deforestation and forest degradation. The USD 1billion contribution from Norway will largely be dependent on Indonesia’s ability to verify reductions.

The REDD+ Task Force reports directly to the President, has oversight over the development of the national REDD+ strategy and is responsible for designing the REDD+ agency and the funding instrument for REDD+ activities.

For more information:
Chandra Kirana
Chair of Communications and Stakeholder Working Group
kirana.chandra@gmail.com

Original Link : http://www.regjeringen.no/pages/37376691/120313_Joint_Press_Release.pdf

JOB: Forest Campaign Manager
Indonesian Forest Campaign Manager manages, leads and motivates forest campaign team including mapping and research unit and forest political team. Together with Indonesian Program Manager, plays a leadership role in the day-to-day management of the campaign operations in Indonesia. Reporting directly to the Campaign Director and working closely with Indonesia Forest Network, the Forest Campaign Manager will ensure the effective coordination and integration of the different departments in GPSEA in the implementation of identified Indonesia forest campaign program.

Deadline of applications: March 16, 2012

Formulate and ensure the delivery of the Greenpeace Southeast Asia Forest Campaign Programme in Indonesia, in accordance with the approved strategic plan. Ensure an integrated approach to our programmes and projects work that supports the realization of Greenpeace long-term objectives.

The Indonesia Forest Campaign Manager will regularly update the Campaign Director and Indonesia Forest Network the status of Indonesia forest campaign operations plus provide advice relating to program preparation and delivery, interdepartmental projects and operating systems. Where appropriate, The Indonesia Forest Campaign Manager will also serve as the external representative for Greenpeace Southeast Asia campaigns.
Main Responsibilities
1. Management

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Lead, motivate, and manage the forest campaign team in the country, in order to achieve the objectives of national program.
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Ensure effective performance of the units through staff development training, coaching, mentoring and performance reviews.
* Build forest campaign capacity while fostering talent and embedding effective best practices through Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
* Uphold administrative tasks associated with staff management as described in policy documents and standard operation procedures.
* Provide input to Campaign Director and Indonesia Forest Network in the development, monitoring, evaluation and completion of campaign staff’s performance objectives in any given year.

2. Strategic program development

* To advise the Campaign Director and Indonesia Forest Network on strategic program directions for Greenpeace in the country in particular as well as on a regional and global level. Inspire and encourage all forest campaign staff to achieve these strategic objectives.
* Accountable for achievement of agreed forest campaign and project objectives.

3. Program/project implementation

* Responsible for the effective implementation and coordination of the forest program output and support this including management of program processes such as the program implementation meetings and through participation in the program leadership team.
* Approve execution of forest campaign projects, in order to deliver the national and regional campaign program objectives.
* Responsible for the on-time delivery of agreed projects.
* Working closely with Communication, Mass Mobilization and Fundraising on program calendar and schedule of the events.
* Ensure effective and smooth inter-departmental coordination and integration in the implementation of the agreed program and organizational calendar.
* As part of the Program Leadership Team, review and evaluate projects, campaign pushes and cross-departmental activities helping ensure that lessons learned in the course of program implementation are internalized.

4. Planning

* Plans, prioritizes and organizes the collective program output of the Indonesia forest campaign.
* Allocates work, reviews goals, assesses risks – when applicable in cooperation with relevant forest campaigners – and ensures interdependencies with other areas of work and Greenpeace Southeast Asia and global Greenpeace priorities.

5. Evaluation

* Ensure consistent high quality evaluation of Greenpeace Southeast Asia program activities, approve evaluation of projects and campaign output, and ensure implementation of approved recommendations, in cooperation with other members of the Program Leadership Team, in order to contribute to the improvement and effectiveness of Greenpeace Southeast Asia forest projects and campaigns.

6. Representation

* Represent Greenpeace where appropriate in the media, with politicians and other partners in the country. Ensures this representation meets the highest standards in line with how we wish Greenpeace to be positioned in society along the lines also specified in the organizational development plan.

7. Crisis Response

* In the event of in-country organizational emergencies act as a member of crisis response team working with the Indonesian Country Representative.

8. Other

* Perform other duties or projects as assigned or delegated by the Campaign Director.

Essential skills:

* A preference for good communication skills one of more regional SEA languages other than English.
* Preferred skills include experience in key program areas: public speaking, activist training, strategic planning and organizing people around an issue.
* Proven leadership skills.
* Ability to create innovative campaign strategies, with a track record in environmental campaigning, political or social activism desirable.
* In depth knowledge of national politics and institutions and an understanding of the strategies needed to influence them, as well as demonstrated experience in working regionally/internationally.
* An understanding of how to use communications and media to achieve campaign goals.
* Strong interpersonal skills with excellent verbal / written Bahasa and English.
* The ability to lead / manage with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
* Experience in strategic planning, project management monitoring and evaluation with financial management and budgeting skills.
* Relevant tertiary qualification, with a background in environmental issues desirable.
* Flexibility: willingness to travel and work beyond official working hours.
* Computer literacy.
* Aligned with Greenpeace Values (Professionalism, Valuing People, Global Mindset, Goal Oriented, Cutting Edge, Knowledge Sharing, Trust & Respect)
Download form
* Application form
* Recruitment Pack
Send your Application form to email : Jobs.id@greenpeace.org . Please complete all items in the application form as this will be our basis for shortlisting candidates. Curriculum Vitae (CVs) will not be accepted.
http://www.greenpeace.org/seasia/id/about/jobs/Forest-Campaign-Manager/

Surging demand for vegetable oil drives rainforest destruction

Source: Mongabay.com, March 14, 2012

Surging demand for vegetable oil has emerged as an important driver of tropical deforestation over the past two decades and is threatening biodiversity, carbon stocks, and other ecosystem functions in some of the world’s most critical forest areas, warns a report published last week by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

But the report, titled Recipes for Success: Solutions for Deforestation-Free Vegetable Oils, sees some reason for optimism, including emerging leadership from some producers, rising demand for “greener” products from buyers, new government policies to monitor deforestation and shift cropland expansion to non-forest area, and partnerships between civil society and key private sector players to improve the sustainability of vegetable oil production.

“It’s important for consumers to insist that companies ensure the products they sell are deforestation-free,” said report co-author Calen May-Tobin, a policy analyst with UCS’s Tropical Forests and Climate Initiative, in a statement. “If leading companies commit to using deforestation-free vegetable oil in their products, others will follow suit, curbing the rate of deforestation and climate change.”

Vegetable oil demand has grown by more than five percent annually over the past decade due to rising affluence and population. To meet increased demand, large swathes of land have been converted for rapeseed (canola), oil palm, sugar cane, maize (corn), and soy. Some of the area has included carbon-dense rainforest in Brazil, Malaysia, and Indonesia, a development that has alarmed environmentalists, scientists, and people who rely on forests for subsistence.

But concern over the impact of oilseed expansion has begun to spur reform. Targeted campaigns by environmental groups have led some buyers to demand that palm oil, soy, and other oilseeds be produced at a lower cost to the environment. For example, a high-profile investigation by Greenpeace in 2006 led the Brazilian soy industry to implement a moratorium on conversion of rainforests for soybeans. Subsequent Greenpeace reports targeting PT SMART, an Indonesia palm oil giant owned by Sinar Mas and Golden Agri Resources (GAR), caused Unilever and Nestle — major palm oil buyers — to enact strict sourcing policies. These eventually led PT SMART to adopt a progressive policy that limits new oil palm development to lands with less than 35 tons of carbon and requires informed consent on the part of communities that may be affected by new plantations. PT SMART was the first, and remains the only, Indonesian palm oil major to establish such a policy, which effectively mandates deforestation-free palm oil.

Expansion of the oil palm estate and natural forest loss in Indonesia and Malaysia, 1990-2008. Click image to enlarge

Palm oil is now found in up to half of packaged processed foods in some markets. By virtue of its high yield, palm oil is a cheaper substitute than other vegetable oils, but it has lately been targeted by environmentalists because its production has at times taken a heavy toll on wildlife-rich rainforests and carbon-dense peat swamps in Indonesia and Malaysia. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which sets standards for production, is the palm oil industry’s response to these concerns.
While the developments are encouraging for the sake of the environment, hurdles remain. Some companies continue to strongly resist any effort to limit expansion into forests and peatlands. For example in February, GAPKI, the Indonesian palm oil industry association, inaccurately asserted that the United States and the E.U. banned Indonesian palm oil due to greenhouse gas emissions associated with production. GAPKI seems to have made the claim in part to stir up resentment towards efforts to improve the environmental performance of palm oil. Last year some Indonesian palm oil companies successfully lobbied to weaken Indonesia’s moratorium on new forest concessions for plantations.

Still the UCS report provides examples of nascent efforts to encourage oilseed expansion in degraded, non-forest areas, including conversion of invasive alang alang grasslands for oil palm plantations in Indonesia and low productivity cattle pasture for soy in Brazil. Not mentioned in the report, but important, is Brazil’s push to expand oil palm plantations in long ago deforested areas. The government’s biodiesel plan offers economic incentives to producers who follow strict social and environmental standards. The initiative could put pressure on developers who continue to clear forest for new plantations.

Oil palm acreage as a percentage of total forest cover in 2009
Oil palm acreage as a percentage of total forest cover in 2009. Data from FAO and the governments of Indonesia and Malaysia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler 2005.

Recipes for Success ends on hopeful note, concluding that future demand for vegetable oil can be met without converting critical forest areas.

“Producing deforestation-free cooking oils and other products is absolutely doable. We’ve seen it work in Brazil and we are encouraged by Nestle’s policies,” said May-Tobin in a statement. “But it’s up to businesses and governments to make the commitment and consumers to hold them to it.”

CITATION: Calen May-Tobin et al. Recipes for Success: Solutions for Deforestation-Free Vegetable Oils. Union of Concerned Scientists and Climate Advisers 2012.

http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0313-ucs_vegetable_oil_deforestation.html