The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has reported an overall 14% fall in global RSPO-certified areas since 30 June 2015.

In its 2016 impact report released in January, the RSPO said that as of 30 June 2016, plantations covering a total of 2.83M ha worldwide were RSPO-certified.

The total certified high conservation value (HCV) area covered 157,115ha, an increase of 9% from the last reporting period. The total production area cultivated by RSPO members has decreased by 21% since 30 June 2015 and there has been an overall 14% decrease in total global RSPO certified area in the same timeframe.

A 45% decrease in Malaysia’s certified area was due to IOI Group’s suspension from the RSPO (see News, OFI September/October 2016) and the Felda Group’s withdrawal from RSPO certification (see News, OFI July/August 2016).

“These changes, among other factors, may have contributed to the 16% drop in the annual production capacity of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) and an 18% drop in the annual production capacity of certified sustainable palm kernel (CSPK) since December 2015,” the RSPO said.

However, the RSPO said the decreases in annual production capacities were only indicative, as its data was only inclusive up to 30 June 2016.

“More positively, RSPO certified area in Latin America continues on an upward trend with a dramatic 65% (101,713 ha) increase since June 2015.”

Overall, Indonesia and Malaysia still accounted for the major share of certified area, with a combined total of 2.3M ha (81%).

The full report can be read here: http://www.rspo.org/key-documents/impact-reports