Jurisdiction certification

Jurisdiction certification

History, objectives, end goal

The jurisdictional approach to the certification of palm oil in practice refers to the application of the RSPO Principles and Criteria at the level of the jurisdiction. Ideally, it should simplify and reduce the costs of certification thus expanding RSPO coverage while improving social and environmental outcomes. All actors in the palm oil supply chain, from independent smallholders, medium to industrial scale plantations, mills, traders and transporters should be covered. The central challenge of the approach is how to simplify, expand and reduce the costs of implementing the Principles and Criteria without diluting them.

Two of the largest palm oil producing districts in Kalimantan Tengah, Seruyan and Kotawaringin Barat, declared their commitment to jurisdictional certification of palm oil according to RSPO standards, in 2015. These declarations were formalized through decrees issued by the respective district heads in 2016, establishing working groups for the jurisdictional certification of palm oil. The pilot districts, consequently, have taken a stepwise approach to jurisdictional certification that emphasizes the importance of independent, smallholder farmers. In the two districts, the following activities have been undertaken, or are ongoing, for addressing the challenges of achieving sustainable and inclusive palm oil development:

  • Establishing a district, multi-stakeholder working group for jurisdictional certification;
  • Mapping and registering independent smallholders;
  • Supporting all producers to comply with legality requirements;
  • Establishing a district agricultural facility to systematically provide training and inputs to oil palm smallholders;
  • Revising the district spatial plan to protect forest and peatland areas and restore critical areas as necessary;
  • Developing a district protocol and mechanism for preventing and mediating social conflict from plantation development;
  • Developing a district protocol and mechanism for tracing transactions between independent smallholders, traders and mills; and
  • Engaging buyer companies to commit to sourcing sustainably produced palm oil from the district.

 

Updates

The process & timeline
Progress in Seruyan and Kotawaringin Barat Districts since 2014
TahunSeruyanKotawaringin Barat
2014
  • Kotawaringin Barat district declares commitment for jurisdictional certification
2015
  • Seruyan district declares commitment for jurisdictional certification
  • Launches comprehensive mapping and registration program for independent oil palm smallholders with the support of plantation companies
  • Launches comprehensive mapping and registration program for independent oil palm smallholders with the support of plantation companies
2016
  • District government issues decree for jurisdictional certification and establishment of working group for jurisdictional certification
  • District government issues decree for jurisdictional certification and establishment of working group for jurisdictional certification
  • Head of Kotawaringin Barat District issued a letter No : 525/500/513/UT/2016 on Registration of Cultivation (Surat Tanda Daftar Budidaya – STDB)
2017
  • Plantation companies commit to meeting their requirements for smallholder plantations
  • Launch of jurisdictional environmental assessment
  • Plantation companies commit to meeting their requirements for smallholder plantations
  • Launch of jurisdictional environmental assessment
2018
  • Establishment of the Agricultural Facility 
  • First batch of smallholder training has been delivered by the Agricultural Facility (Fasilitas Pertanian Pelita Seruyan)
  • Four major mills in Seruyan commit to support smallholder training
  • Piloting of protocols for preventing and mediating social conflict
  • Agreement on the composition of the Working Group with equal representation from civil society organizations, the private sector and the government
  • Head of Kotawaringin Barat district committed to include mapping activity into budget planning
2019
  • Building multistakeholder consensus, governance platform and strategy 
  • Piloting restoration activity in 1 village 
  • Finalisation of ecologically sustainable spatial plan (RTRWK) and environmental protection and management plan (RPPLH)
  • Completion of the certification of independent smallholders with Unilever and RSPO
  • Initiation of the jurisdictional environmental assessment process (DDDT and KLHS)