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Following the requirements of RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C) 2018, Indicator 7.7.1 states that “Areas of peat within the managed areas are inventoried, documented and reported (effective from 15 November 2018) to RSPO Secretariat.”.
The Peatland Working Group 2 (PLWG2) have developed a Peat Inventory Template for RSPO members to document areas of peat (planted, unplanted and rehabilitated) within their managed area. RSPO members are required to complete the inventory and submit the completed documents to the RSPO Secretariat following the reporting requirements.
Note: The maps and shapefiles submitted to the RSPO Secretariat are for internal use only and amalgamation of consolidated peat planting and conservation areas.
Indicators 7.7.6 & 7.7.7 require all existing planting on peat, unplanted and set aside peatlands to be managed and protected, in accordance with the ‘RSPO Manual on Best Management Practices (BMPs) for existing oil palm cultivation on peat’ and the ‘RSPO BMPs for Management and Rehabilitation of Natural Vegetation Associated with Oil Palm Cultivation on Peat’ respectively as well as ‘associated audit guidance’.
The ‘associated audit guidance’ has been prepared by the PLWG based on the realization that not everything included in the BMP manuals is mandatory for all plantations and also the applicability of some of the BMPs outlined in both documents may vary based on site conditions. To address these issues, the PLWG2 have developed an audit guidance in order to highlight the minimum requirements for growers to comply for both indicator 7.7.6 & 7.7.7. This document shall be used by Certification Bodies (CBs) to assess compliance against RSPO P&C 2018 during surveillance/ certification audits, and is also useful for growers to identify gaps within their respective Certification Units.
Note: This guidance will be further refined by the PLWG2 following input by CBs. CBs may provide input to the RSPO Secretariat on the feasibility and/or additional guidance required within 6-months from the date of this announcement by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Both documents can be downloaded through the link below: