Neste cooperates with Daemeter, Proforest, and the Siak government as well as many other global brands to make a large-scale transformative sustainability impact in the Siak region in Indonesia.
The Siak Pelalawan Programme takes on a regional landscape approach and aims at sustainability improvements in the production of multiple commodities, such as palm oil, pineapple, and rubber. The regional project involves the local government with the aim to establish strong local regulations to push for sustainable transformation, as well as other local key actors and civil societies.
In 2021, the program focused on village engagement as the smallholders are the crucial component to the success of the initiative in this landscape. For instance, in seven targeted villages various training was conducted such as best management practices of oil palm in peatland, fire management, oil palm good agricultural practices, and nature positive farming at the village level. Also, village facilitators were recruited, trained, and deployed in each of the villages.
Sustainable production practices have been improved on peatlands by land preparations, cultivating, planting, and canal blocking, for instance. Within a short period, changes are already visible; the soil is wetter in the dry season, plant leaves are greener, and despite the dry periods, there is the presence of water stocks.
Read more about our palm oil related sustainability collaborations.