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In line with the revision of the current RSPO Principles & Criteria (P&C) 2013, in which a strict ‘no new planting on peat’ policy will be adopted (Criterion 7.8 of draft 2 P&C 2018), the Peatland Working Group 2 (PLWG2) has revised the RSPO organic and peat soil classification.
The revised document adopts a country specific classification (where available) with a generic classification for countries without, in recognition of the different composition and definitions of organic soil termed as ‘peat’ accepted regionally. Additions of other country specific definitions may be proposed through the National Interpretation (NI) process for the RSPO Principles and Criteria.
This classification will be used as the definition of peat against the P&C requirements.
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