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The Long-Term Benefits of President Jokowi’s COP26 Strategy

COP26 was a milestone for Indonesia. As countries struggle to achieve self-defined objectives to reduce emissions and protect the environment, President Jokowi was one of few who could claim his country was ahead of schedule. Jokowi stated that Indonesia aimed to “transform its forest and land-use sector into Net Carbon Sink by 2030” thanks to sustainable

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EU Releases Due Diligence Regulation: Will it Follow the UK’s Sensible Approach?

The European Commission published its Due Diligence proposals today, as part of its anti-deforestation Regulation. The proposed EU law would introduce a Due Diligence system to rank countries from ‘high risk’ to ‘low risk’ of deforestation, targeting palm oil and other commodities. This arbitrary and unilateral approach to Due Diligence risks becoming a new trade

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UK Passes Landmark Legality Standard for Due Diligence with Pathway for ISPO; Huge Win for Indonesia

The UK Government’s landmark legislation for Due Diligence for deforestation – the first of its kind by any major economy – has now passed its final Parliamentary hurdle. The UK has decided that a legality standard is the best way to approach Due Diligence. The legality standard means that importers must have proof that local laws on

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Why Does the European Commission Care About Palm Oil Yield Curves?

Last month, the European Commission together with Guidehouse Consultancy launched a call for data about palm oil yield curves as it is attempting to establish what it refers to as a ‘dynamic yield baseline’ for oil palm plantations. The Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) has presented a detailed submission to the EU, outlining the data

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Indonesian Standards Measure Up to EU’s Forced Labour Guidance

The European Commission has published a new Guidance Document, aimed “to address the risk of forced labour” in EU businesses’ supply chains. The document, promoted by the Directorate-General for Trade (DG Trade) and the External Action Service (EEAS), gives a clear indication of how the EU will approach labour rights issue in its forthcoming Due Diligence

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