For our existing 32,797.28 ha of oil palm planted on peat, we employ best management practices to ensure the water table is maintained at 45-65cm below the soil surface to reduce the decomposition rates of dried peat. In addition, we maintain existing vegetation in and adjacent to our oil palm plantations. We also engage with local communities to educate them on sustainable management of peat areas in an effort to prevent slash and burn activities.
Currently, we are guided by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Drainability Assessment Procedure. We began piloting the drainability assessment in our current peatland plantings in 2017. The assessment procedure that was officially issued in June 2019 will be tested and further refined for a duration of 12 months.
*The map above shows planted peat areas (in hectares) at our operations, as at December 2019