Medan - As one of the pilot provinces for the Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative (SPOI) - UNDP, North Sumatra Province is the first province to issue Governor Regulation No. 14 of 2020 about the Provincial Action Plan for Sustainable Palm Oil in North Sumatra Province for 2020-2024.
At the district level, the South Tapanuli Regency Government has also issued Regent Regulation No. 22 of 2019 about Sustainable Palm Oil Action Plan for South Tapanuli Regency for 2019-2028. The two regional regulations are proof that the local governments are committed to fulfill the mandate of Presidential Instruction No. 6/2019 on the preparation of Regional Action Plans.
To ensure that programs and activities in the Action Plan have been carried out effectively, efficiently and in line to the expected targets, it is necessary to set up a systematic Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) mechanism.
For that reason, SPOI - UNDP facilitated a Consultation Meeting on the Design of Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting of National Action Plan for Sustainable Palm Oil (NAP SPO) with palm oil stakeholders in North Sumatra who are also members of the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil Forum (FoKSBI) in North Sumatra and South Tapanuli chapters on 12 January 2021 in Medan.
In collaboration with the North Sumatra Provincial Estate Crops Office (Dinas Perkebunan), this consultation was also held to accommodate districts aspirations that need to be included in the design of the MER system. The preparation of the MER system was carried out by the Team Consultants from Lembaga Ekolabel Indonesia (LEI) with the support of the SPOI - UNDP.
Nazli, Head of the North Sumatra Estate Crops Office, who is also the chairperson of FoKSBI, said that North Sumatra palm oil is one of the regional and national economic sources during the current pandemic.
"North Sumatra fully supports the NAP SPO implementation and the reporting its achievements at the provincial and district levels. This is an effort to increase productivity and ensure that North Sumatra's palm oil is managed sustainably due to its extraordinary economic potential,” said Nazli.
Moch. Eddy Yusuf, Assistant Deputy for Plantation Agribusiness Development, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, responded to the opening statement by appreciating North Sumatra and South Tapanuli for their commitment to implement the NAP SPO.
Considering that the NAP SPO is a presidential instruction, MER activities for NAP SPO implementation are carried out not only by government but also collaboratively involving other multi-stakeholders related to palm oil, such as private sectors, plantation companies, farmer organizations, academics, certification bodies and other social community institutions.
The discussion session with the North Sumatra and South Tapanuli FoKSBI Team highlighted about the importance of preparing the Main Performance Indicators (IKU) of each agency in reporting the achievement of the Regional Action Plans by the Regional Implementing Team (TPD). On the reporting mechanisms and institutionalization, the TPD Secretariat in the provinces and districts has an important role not only in data collection and formulation of report, but also submitting it to the National Implementing Team Secretariat.
The consultation meeting, held directly in Medan and also via the Zoom Meeting, received a positive feedback with the presence of participants from various institutions. The design of the MER system is expected to be finalized by elaborating inputs from North Sumatra and South Tapanuli FoKSBI Team, to support the reporting of NAP SOP achievements in North Sumatra.