FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | KOTA KINABALU, 15 November 2018:
- As a major global supplier of forest risk commodities, such as palm oil and paper & pulp, Southeast Asia is critical to demonstrating evidence of sustainable land use impact that combines forest protection and economic growth.
- To ensure the credibility of palm oil sustainability claims, all RSPO members that take legal ownership and produce, or handle RSPO-certified sustainable oil palm products need to be RSPO certified.
- Co-hosted by Forever Sabah and Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020), the Supporting Jurisdictional Leadership for Sustainable Commodity Production dialogue gathers government, industry and civil society leaders from Sabah and the international community.
- Sabah will present its jurisdictional plan and process, and a set of specific asks and opportunities for partnerships.
Supporting Jurisdictional Leadership for Sustainable Commodity Production dialogue
Building high-impact partnerships to support Sabah’s journey towards becoming the first state to achieve Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) jurisdictional certification of its palm oil product by 2025 is the focus of an Implementation Dialogue on Nov 16.
Co-hosted by Forever Sabah and Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020), the Supporting Jurisdictional Leadership for Sustainable Commodity Production dialogue gathers government, industry and civil society leaders from Sabah and the international community.
Through the right kinds of impactful partnerships, the vision and hope are that Sabah’s leadership and success will open the way for more states and sub-nationals in this region and globally to move towards sustainable commodity production and forest protection becoming the norm, Forever Sabah Chief Executive Facilitator Cynthia Ong said in a statement.
Forever Sabah and RSPO are technical advisors to the equal parts government, industry and civil society Jurisdictional Certification Steering Committee (JCSC) set up in 2016 and co-chaired by the Sabah Forestry Department and Natural Resources Office. Sabah had in 2015 declared its policy of 100 per cent RSPO certification of its palm oil by 2025 and has an additional commitment of 30 per cent of Totally Protected Areas (TPA) by the same year.
Cynthia said the intention of the gathering is to create a robust, open space for a dialogue between Sabah and international actors, where local goals and action find alignment with global goals and need for action.
“The aim is to bridge between the “doing” capacity and action on the ground, and the “knowing” imperative and resources in the hallways and boardrooms of the world. The outcome will be right partnerships between the two, building generative fields of commitment and action,” she said.
The Sabahan convening group will largely comprise the key actors from the JCSC while international participants will represent leading private and public sector institutions and actors who have chosen to engage or indicated interest in the Sabah process.
Datuk Mashor Mohd. Jaini, Chief Conservator of Forests of the Sabah Forestry Department said at the dialogue, Sabah will present its jurisdictional plan and process, and a package of specific asks and opportunities for partnerships.
“This will include the key commitments that Sabah has declared, the governance model to implement these commitments, the key areas of work, and the ways in which partners can engage,” said Datuk Mashor.
RSPO Chief Executive Officer Datuk Darrel Webber said, “Participants will have the opportunity to propose or advocate, discuss and declare action-oriented partnerships and alliances with Sabah and with others in the room, with the aim of advancing both their organizations’ as well as Sabah’s commitments, towards the global vision of closing the deforestation frontier.”
TFA2020 has hosted several Implementation Dialogues in strategic regions around the world, aimed at facilitating high-impact, cross-sectoral partnerships that lift and advance pivotal initiatives in tropical rainforest regions.
TFA2020 representatives visited Sabah in August last year to start discussions on how it could support Sabah in its aspirations and process, which then led to a few key invitations to Sabah to present on global platforms in New York, Bonn and Accra, opening up the discussion about the Sabah Implementation Dialogue. Erwin Widodo, the Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator said, “Sabah is among the most advanced states globally with Jurisdictional Leadership that supports a dialogue on Sustainable Commodity Production, gathering government, industry and civil society leaders from Sabah and the international community.”
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About Forever Sabah
Forever Sabah is a cross-sector partnership focused on supporting Sabah’s transition to a diversified, equitable circular economy over 25 years: its focal areas are Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Energy, Infrastructure and Waste, Forests, Water and Soil, and Livelihoods, Tourism and Enterprise. Forever Sabah is a Technical Advisor to the state-mandated Sabah Jurisdictional Certification Steering Committee, and is also a member of TFA 2020.
The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 is a global platform for public-private cooperation, working to help organizations achieve their deforestation-free commitments. The mission of TFA 2020 is to help producers, traders, and buyers of forest- risk commodities achieve their commitments to deforestation-free supply chains. It also helps governments of tropical forest countries to realize better growth through sustainable rural development in partnership with civil society and indigenous peoples. TFA 2020 works by convening stakeholders at the global and regional level to form partnerships, which are designed to transform land use practices and supply chains.
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Read TFA 2020 report on Financing Deforestation-Free Commodities
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