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The RSPO Secretariat is pleased to introduce the RSPO Drainability Assessment (DA) Procedure, developed by the Peatland Working Group 2 (PLWG2) over the course of the past 18 months. This procedure is applicable to all RSPO members with existing and/or future acquisitions of existing Oil Palm (OP) plantations on peat. In line with the requirements of indicator 7.7.5 of the 2018 Principles and Criteria (P&C), this procedure is to be conducted 5-years prior to the replanting of existing OP planted peat area, and will provide companies with the remaining years before reaching the drainage base (ground water level), with the intention of providing companies with ample time to improve peat management and/or phase out OP on peat (refer figure 2).
Figure 1: Example showing a plantation required to phase out OP after completing 3 OP cycles, leaving a buffer of 40-years prior to reaching the ‘drainage base’.
Figure 2: Transition arrangements for the Drainability Assessment Procedure
For point (ii), companies are required to submit their drainability assessment report to the RSPO secretariat for review prior to any land clearing of existing OP for replanting for drainability assessments completed 11 June - 15 November 2019. Failure of the RSPO review will result in the requirement to conduct the drainability assessment using the RSPO Drainability Assessment Procedure. The assessment report may be submitted to the RSPO secretariat by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drainability assessments which have been completed and have commenced replanting activities before 11 June 2019 may continue replanting as planned based on the results of the completed assessment(s).
Note: Starting 15 November 2019, all alternative methodologies require confirmation by RSPO prior to use. Proposals may be done by sending a copy of the proposed methodology to email@example.com.
Amendment: Revised DA Procedure updated with minor corrections to document entry into force (pg. I)