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    Posted January 2, 2012 by
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    Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil Certification Initiative

    THE proposed Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification system should be implemented. In fact, it can be like the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification, except that certain issues such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and peatland development are modified according to the national laws.

    The MSPO should be akin to the timber industry certification framework. There is an international scheme, the Forest Stewardship Council, and there is also the national certification scheme, the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme. Both co-exist well in Malaysia and each has strong seats on the global market.

    China, India and many other countries have yet to insist on RSPO certification. So, the MSPO can be targeted at these emerging markets. Malaysia's bilateral agreements with these countries can incorporate acceptance of MSPO, thus enabling Malaysia to carve a niche market for its palm oil.

    MSPO will probably not stray far from the Malaysian interpretation of the RSPO framework, which is slightly different from the generic RSPO principles and criteria. Therefore, RSPO-certified Malaysian plantations automatically can be certified under MSPO and immediately Malaysia can have at least two million tonnes of MSPO-certified palm oil!

    If the global market accepts the RSPO, in the long run MSPO can also be accepted indirectly. Therefore, MSPO can be significantly differentiated from the Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil standards.

    Note: Deforestation Watch aka Melbourne Zoo Watch was originally established to drive green issues on palm oil mainstream. However, Deforestation Watch has in the course of its existence evolved into Melbourne Zoo Watch and now considerable time and energy is spent on exposing the sly misdeeds and devious schemes of the Melbourne Zoo in using palm oil to surreptitiously raise funds for the zoo. www.deforestationwatch.org
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