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Orangutan Land Trust joins the Italian union of sustainable palm oil

They share the goal of promoting the transition towards full sustainability of the supply chain

Orangutan Land Trust (olt), the non-governmental organization led by Michelle Desilets, an expert engaged in the conservation of orangutans for over 25 years, adheres as a supporting member to the Italian Union for sustainable palm oil to promote the production and responsible consumption of palm oil. The news comes on the occasion of the International Day of Forests celebrated yesterday to underline the importance and role of sustainable crops for the protection of forests and biodiversity. This year begins the decade that the UN dedicates to the restoration of ecosystems, to invite all countries to make a greater effort towards a more balanced relationship between man and nature. It will end in 2030, a goal set by the United Nations for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

"We are truly honored to be able to collaborate with such an authoritative organization to disseminate correct information on a very complex issue, where generalizations and clichés often prevail", commented the president of the union Giuseppe Allocca . "The Italian Union for Sustainable Palm Oil and Olt share the goal of promoting the transition towards full sustainability of the palm oil supply chain. Italy is well advanced along this path, about 92% of the palm oil used by the food industry, for example, is already RSPO certified".

Desilets commented: "Conventionally produced palm oil has had disastrous effects for orangutans and their natural habitat. To ensure their survival it is essential to make the entire supply chain sustainable and 'deforestation free'. all we can do for the conservation of orangutans is to ask exclusively for palm oil produced in a sustainable way. Our experience confirms that the orangutans living in fragmented landscapes can benefit from the sustainable cultivation practices implemented by the most responsible producers" .

"To achieve these goals", Desilets continues, "it is essential that the substantial difference between certified sustainable palm oil and conventional palm oil is well understood at all levels (growers, producers, institutions, media and end consumers) and to boycott campaigns, considered counterproductive by science and NGOs. Both the principles and criteria of the RSPO and the Poig Charter prohibit deforestation by setting standards for the protection of areas of high conservation value and prohibit damaging, capturing and killing rare, threatened or endangered species. In line with our work to raise the awareness of zoos and NGOs worldwide on the issue of sustainable palm oil, we will work with the union to involve more zoos and Italian NGOs in our campaign. This collaboration offers greater opportunities to reach not only consumers, but also the brand and commercial distribution companies that purchase palm oil".

Orangutan Land Trust promotes sustainable solutions to ensure safe forest areas for orangutans and has long been at the forefront of promoting sustainable palm oil production. Olt is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (Rspo), the certification body established in 2004 to guide the transformation of the supply chain. Desilets voluntarily collaborates with numerous working groups, task forces, advisory committees and is one of the components of the RSPO Complaints Panel, called upon to evaluate the reports of infringement of the RSPO standards. Olt is also a member of the Palm Oil Innovation Group (Poig) and partner of the Pongo (Palm Oil and Ngo) Alliance, an alliance between oil palm growers, industries and NGOs that carries out conservation projects within palm concessions. from oil. And also among the promoters of the Sustainable Palm Oil Choice (Spoc) platform.

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