Developing Early Warning System in Palm Oil Conflict, ELSAM and Sanggau Government Strengthen Cooperation
ELSAM and the Sanggau Government discussed the preparation and development of an Early Warning System (EWS). 

Developing Early Warning System in Palm Oil Conflict, ELSAM and Sanggau Government Strengthen Cooperation

Wednesday, 19 Jul 2023

The Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) on Monday (10/7) held a hearing with the Sanggau Government in an effort to develop an Early Warning System (EWS) in palm oil conflict. The hearing was attended by Sanggau Regent, Paolus Hadi, along with Regional Work Units (SKPD) of Sanggau Regency.

ELSAM Executive Director, Wahyudi Djafar, said that the hearing was being held to strengthen collaboration and communication between ELSAM and the Sanggau Government to overcome the challenges with palm oil plantations. This meeting discussed the preparation and development of an Early Warning System (EWS). 

"The development of the EWS initiative is one of the program activities supported by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) through the RSPO Outreach Programme," Wahyudi said.

He added that, at its core, EWS is supposed to be a mechanism for the prevention and  reduction of the impact of conflicts, which will be developed by the Sanggau District Government, civil society, and business actors through meaningful collaboration and partnership. "This system is really important and needs to be regulated in regional policy and regulation. The system is intended to prevent, mitigate, and reduce conflicts in palm oil plantations," Wahyudi explained.

The Regent of Sanggau, Paolus Hadi, welcomed this cooperation initiative in response to the palm oil conflict. He explained that the Sanggau Regional Government has been trying to involve all parties to encourage sustainable palm oil in Sanggau, one of which was the creation of the Sabang Merah Berdompu Secretariat. 

The Sabang Merah Berdompu Secretariat is a multi-stakeholder forum comprising a number of civil society organizations who are partners of the Sanggau District Government.

"ELSAM can be incorporated in this secretariat, to expand and strengthen the development partnership between the Sanggau government and civil society", Paolus said.

In response to palm oil conflicts, M. Siryan, Head of Business Development and Plantation Protection Division of the local Plantation and Livestock Authorities, explained four main causes of conflict in the Sanggau District, which are related to partnerships, tenure, trade and crime.

Numerous pieces of information and insights will be analyzed systematically in order to encourage regional policies that regulate early warning systems. ELSAM and the Sanggau Government committed to the long-term sustainability of this partnership and will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). 

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