INA HCV Task Force

Introduction:

At its meeting on 4th November 2009, the Executive Board of the RSPO considered what follow up should be given to address the issues raised in the joint investigation carried out by Forest Peoples Programme, SawitWatch, HuMA and WildAsia about the problems with securing HCV areas in West Kalimantan.

The investigation had found that HCV areas were not being secured because areas set aside by RSPO compliant companies were being excised from their concession areas and handed to other companies to convert to oil palm. In addition, following HCV assessments large blocks of HCVs were being excluded from final permits by the companies themselves as they were reluctant to take on the financial and management burdens of looking after non-productive areas. HCV areas handed back to the State were not being protected but were available to be passed on to other companies. The report detailed how the legal framework regarding concession allocation, land taxes and land tenure discouraged or even made impossible compliance with the RSPO P&C and offered little or no protection to areas identified as important to maintain or enhance HCVs. The report recommended that RSPO should task a working group to look into the various options for resolving these problems in Indonesia.

The Board agreed that the report's findings reveal a serious challenge to the realization of the RSPO's social and environmental goals in Indonesia. Accordingly, the Board invited the Forest Peoples Programme to draft a white paper for the establishment of INA HCV Ad Hoc working group that would develop a dialogue with key Indonesian government agencies and other relevant stakeholders on this issue.

Progress:

Since establishment of INA HCV Ad Hoc working group in 2010, the working group has produced 3 major reports:-

a)    Legal analysis on protection of HCVA in palm plantation in Indonesia,  December 2010
b)    Report of the field investigation in Central Kalimantan of the RSPO Ad Hoc Working Group on HCV in Indonesia, July 2011.
c)    Report on dialogues with BPN,  Department of Agriculture and Dinas Permukiman dan Prasarana Wilayah (Kimpraswil) on National Spatial Planning

Main legal obstacles to protect HCVs within HGU are identified through various studies and engagement with relevant government agencies. A field study in Kalimantan Tengah was organized in May 2011has identified important progress in provincial laws to allow HCV set asides and the working group has reached out to wider set of players concerned about HCV.

However, two initial tasks of the INA HCV Ad Hoc WG working group have not been fully accomplished. Based on the previous terms of reference, the tasks are 1) To explore means of effectively securing HCV areas in palm oil development areas in Indonesia; and 2) To explore options to reform local and national laws and procedures to secure HCV areas and accommodate the RSPO P&C.

During the 16th Biodiversity and HCV Working Group (BHCV WG) meeting in February 2012, it was decided that INA HCV Ad Hoc working group should be reformed as INA HCV Task Force and report to BHCV WG on its progress.  


Objectives:

1)    To explore means of effectively securing HCV areas in palm oil development areas in Indonesia, in line with the RSPO P&C, especially those HCV areas identified in location permit (ijin lokasi) during HCV assessments, through legal and procedural reforms and taking into account the recommendations set out in the report.

2)    To explore options to reform local and national laws and procedures to secure HCV areas and accommodate the RSPO P&C.

Documents
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ToR of INA HCV Ad Hoc Working Group 90.77kb
ToR of INA HCV Task Force (endorsed by RSPO's EB in July 2012)
421kb
1st INA HCV TF Meeting, 4 Apr 2012, Jakarta 453kb
2nd INA HCV TF Meeting, 20 June 2012, Jakarta  314kb
3rd INA HCV TF Meeting, 13 Sep 2012, Jakarta 422kb
4th INA HCV TF Meeting, 27 November 2012, Kuala Lumpur 324kb