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No Deforestation Task Force (NDTF)

The RSPO Principles & Criteria (P&C 2018) adopted at General Assembly 15 (GA15) on the 15th November 2018, Kota Kinabalu Sabah; incorporated High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach as new requirements to halt deforestation (Criterion 7.12). While, a No Deforestation Joint Steering Group (NDJSG) is to be established with mandate to develop no deforestation or HCSA implementation procedure in High Forest Cover Country and Landscape within (Indicator 7.12.3); urgent guidance is required for the implementation of HCSA in fragmented landscape (Indicator 7.12.2).

On 28th January 2019, the RSPO Board of Governors (BoG) endorsed the establishment of the ‘No Deforestation Task Force’ (NDTF) to produce and provide guidance and communication plans for ensuring a smooth transition for RSPO members to implement the new requirements of Indicator 7.12.2 of the P&C; while identifying and providing recommendations on any other gaps, requiring guidance for implementation and monitoring of Criterion 7.12 as a whole.


Membership for the NDTF is now open for submissions of interest and/or nominations. Deadline for submissions is 13th February 2019. Kindly email amir.afham@rspo.org for submissions and nominations.