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Delivering a practical framework for sustainable palm oil in Africa 


17 November 2016 News

 

This morning, at the UN climate conference COP22 in Marrakesh, ministers from seven African countries have pledged to protect their tropical forests by shifting to sustainable palm oil production.

The Governments of the Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Liberia, the Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone have publicly signed the Marrakesh Declaration for the Sustainable Development of the Oil Palm Sector in Africa. These countries represent over 250 million hectares of tropical forest – 13% of the world’s total.  

This new agreement is the latest development in the ongoing work of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020) Africa Palm Oil Initiative (APOI), coordinated by Proforest since 2014. The Declaration sends an important message: these signatory countries are open for business, but will only welcome oil palm investments that comply with the principles of sustainability, transparency and the protection of human rights set out in the Declaration.

This morning’s public signing of the Declaration represents a tangible step forward in providing a practical framework for governments and companies to meet their responsible production and sourcing commitments. The next step now is the development and implementation of practical action plans for responsible oil palm development which build on the principles.

 

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