TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has teamed up with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to conduct a research on the implication of palm oil companies’ commitment to forest and landscape in Indonesia.
Steven Lawry, the director of CIFOR’s Forests and Governance Research, said that one of the research topics was related to the evaluation of zero-deforestation policy made by large-scale oil palm companies. The research, Lawry said, was aimed at answering the most urgent questions that affect forest governance in Indonesia.
“This includes evaluating the zero-deforestation policy pledged by huge palm oil companies and understanding how they can ensure access for farmers to a supply chain that is free of deforestation,” Lawry said in a press release as quoted by Bisnis.com on Sunday, October 18, 2015.
The research will also discuss the harmonization of government policies and regulations with companies’ goals. The research is also aimed at finding empirical evidence that highlight how stronger forest governance through government, private sector and community initiatives can reduce deforestation and produce better solution to environment issues.
The research is also expected to provide contribution and long-term solution for the government to tackle haze disaster and forest fires in Indonesia.