The utilization of peatlands for farming activities, including oil palm plantations, has long been practiced in Indonesia. In fact, several oil palm plantations on peatlands were among the first plantations established in Indonesia 100 years ago during the colonial era, located along the eastern coast of North Sumatra and Aceh. This shows that Indonesia is familiar with, and has long applied, techniques for managing and cultivating oil palm plantations on peatlands.
To facilitate the development of oil palm plantations on peatlands, Indonesia has established a national policy under Law No. 39/2014 on Plantations and Law No. 32/2009 on Environmental Management and Conservation. The national policy is interpreted in Government Regulation (PP) No. 57/2016 (revision to PP No. 71/2014 on Protection and Management of the Peatland Ecosystem. A regulation specific to oil palm plantations is contained in Agriculture Ministerial Decree (Permentan) No. 14/2009 on Guidelines on Utilizing Peatlands for Oil Palm Cultivation. Aside from these laws and regulations, the businesses that cultivate oil palms on peatlands all have internal guidelines on cultural methods and management techniques for oil palm plantation on peatlands.
Therefore, the accusation that Indonesia does not govern the management of oil palm plantations on peat lands is unsubstantiated. However, it can be conceded that continual improvement is still needed at the implementation level.