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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