The Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA) in collaboration with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) will be organise an awareness raising and public consultation meeting of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil National Interpretation (RSPO NI) process in Sierra Leone on Wednesday October 30, 2013 at 8:30 am at Taia Resort, Freetown.
The overall goal of the RSPO is to promote the production and use of sustainable palm oil and to make RSPO certification available in Sierra Leone. RSPO defines sustainable palm oil production as legal, economically viable, environmentally appropriate, and socially beneficial. And to achieve it, it has defined a set of Principles & Criteria (P&C), Indicators, and Guidance Notes for the private sector to follow. This is achieved by undertaking a National Interpretation (process, which adapts RSPO P&Cs to the local context through a multi stakeholder working group and national level stakeholder consultations.
Consequently, the public consultation meeting will bring together key stakeholders in the oil palm industry and will provide an introduction to the RSPO, explain the next steps in the National Interpretation process and how stakeholders can participate as technical working group members. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the key challenges and opportunities for sustainable palm oil in Sierra Leone.