National Interpretation approved!

7 maart 2011:

The RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) is pleased to announce that a National Interpretation (NI) of the RSPO Principles and Criteria for sustainable palm oil has been approved in Ghana, the first country in Africa to receive this endorsement.
The NI paves the way for RSPO certification of oil palm growers in Ghana, setting out clear indicators for the development of sustainable palm oil appropriate to the local context.
Darrel Webber, the Secretary General of the RSPO Secretariat based in Kuala Lumpur commented that: “This leap towards promoting sustainable palm oil in Ghana is a landmark achievement for Africa, the new frontier for sustainable palm oil, blazing the trail for other countries within this continent to emulate.
“This signifies a historical milestone for Africa, in particular West Africa, the very origin of oil palm (elaeis guineensis), which we hope will catapult the continent onto the sustainable pathway for the benefit of People, Plant and Prosperity.
“It is indeed inspiring to see people and nations coming together to play an instrumental role in shaping change for a sustainable future. The RSPO congratulates the NI Working Group and encourages all oil palm growers in Ghana and eventually, others within the African continent to seek certification.” Webber concluded.

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