INOBU shared the lesson learned in assisting smallholders in the certification process of RSPO and ISPO

INOBU hosted a Sustainable Tropics Alliance meeting, a strategic partnership of independent, non-governmental organizations that promote the sustainability of tropical forests through jurisdictional approaches and research, in Bali from 29 April to 4 May 2018. The meeting was aimed to build the understanding of sustainable jurisdiction concepts, including the key performance indicators for measuring progress, financial mechanisms and monitoring platforms.

This meeting was also aimed to develop regional and global alternative models of low-emission rural development multistakeholder approaches. On the last day, the delegations from Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Kenya visited Kubu village in Kotawaringin Barat District, Central Kalimantan. In this district, INOBU has helped 190 smallholders that managed 319 hectares of plantation to get RSPO and ISPO certification in 2017. INOBU shared the lessons learned from the field about the challenges in assisting smallholders in the certification process and the positive impacts on their household income. In Kubu Village, delegations met indigenous farmers and learned from their experiences on how to protect their forests using customary rules and practices.

The Sustainable Tropics Alliance (STA) members are Earth Innovation Institute (Brazil, Indonesia, Colombia), INOBU (Indonesia), Pronatura–Sur (Mexico), the Instituto del Bien Comun (Peru), the Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia (Brazil), and the Greenbelt Movement (Kenya). STA, through the engagement of rural populations, draws on local knowledge to develop alternative low-emission rural development models that can be adopted in regional and national policies. This alliance also acts as a hub for its partners to collaborate at a global scale for supporting policies, institutional management and market mechanisms that are required for low-emission rural development in the Tropics.