A new consensus on measuring the sustainability of Indonesian districts

As debates rage across the world on how to stop tropical deforestation caused by agricultural commodities, a unique experiment to develop a consensus on measuring and promoting sustainable commodity production ended its first phases.

The Terpercaya Advisory Committee, a multistakeholder committee led by the Indonesian government and the EU delegation to Indonesia, completed its fourth and final meeting on 27 June, ending a year-long consultation process. The challenge of the advisory committee was to agree on indicators of sustainability at the district level that not only measured the protection of the environment but also improvements in the welfare of farmers and other citizens living in the districts.

To this end, the initiative developed a list of 22 indicators, which encompassed four broad areas: the environment, society and human rights, the economy and governance. The 22 indicators reflected the priorities of the Indonesian government as well as its laws and regulations, the Sustainable Development Goals and the principles and criteria of commodity certification bodies, including the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
The advisory committee was made-up of representatives of government agencies, the private sector, and civil society organisations.

The Terpercaya Project was led by Inobu in conjunction with the European Forest Institute. Minutes from the meeting can be found here.

More information on the project can be found here.