A growing number of government, business, and civil society organizations, including Unilever and IDH, have a goal of transforming the Indonesian rural economy by 2020, to deliver net positive environmental impacts and improve smallholder farmer livelihoods. This requires a focus on transforming the oil palm sector from being a driver of deforestation, to one that is highly productive and sustainable.
This transformation will require collective action from government, business and community actors to address the following key challenges:
- How to achieve the goal at least cost, while ensuring supply chain security for business investors
- How to engage a critical mass of government, business, smallholder farmers and civil society actors to share both the burden and the benefits of transformation
- How to demonstrate to consumers and civil society whether the goal has been achieved
Climate Policy Initiative is supporting Unilever and IDH to develop a landscape management strategy and implementation pathway to address these challenges.
The steps of a landscape management approach:
The key steps for taking a landscape management approach include the following:
- Define the landscape boundaries.
- Partner with business, smallholder farmers and government within the landscape area.
- Map and allocate land within landscape to its highest value or best use.
- Increase productivity and support community and government to protect valuable ecosystems.
- Monitor and report results.
We walk through each of these steps, including some examples of how they apply to Unilever’s supply chain.