Papua New Guinea Palm Oil


As the global demand for palm oil grows, Papua New Guinea (PNG) stands at a critical crossroads. As one of the few countries with tropical forests still largely intact, there is an opportunity now to ensure that its expanding palm oil sector grows sustainably and that PNG retains its global reputation as a producer of sustainable palm oil as new players enter the market.

Doing this will require the government to regulate the palm oil sector, introducing new policies, laws and forums where key representatives from the industry can come together to coordinate the sector’s growth in such a way that it protects forests, while also delivering economic benefits.

Working through its Forest Carbon Partnership Facility REDD+ Readiness Project (UNDP FCPF) in PNG and drawing on expert advice from GCP, UNDP has been supporting the government of PNG to design a national Sustainable Palm Oil Platform (PNGPOP) since 2016.

Now set to launch in late 2018, PNGPOP is expected to provide a space where key representatives from across government, industry, communities and development partners can come together to develop an effective approach to sustainable palm oil development in the country. The aim is to devise a costed Action Plan for sustainable palm oil production.

The strength of this Action Plan will be reinforced through policy and legislative development supported by GCP, including more robust environmental regulations.




In-Country Team

Sam Moko, PNGPOP Project Lead: [email protected]

Jordan Bulo, Technical Specialist: [email protected]

Samson Kupale, Communications Officer: [email protected]

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Port Moresby, June 3, 2016 - New study on sustainable approaches to commercial agriculture in Papua New Guinea (PNG) was presented recently in Port Moresby.

Posted on June 3, 2016