The Tropical Forest Alliance Africa Palm Oil Initiative
The Tropical Forest Alliance Africa Palm Oil Initiative’s (APOI) vision is a prosperous palm oil industry which brings jobs and wealth to local communities in a way that is environmentally and socially sustainable and protects the rich tropical forests of the region. The Initiative seeks to achieve this through the development and implementation of national and regional principles for responsible palm oil development that take into account the ambitious development plans of countries in Africa, while addressing environmental targets for reduced deforestation, land use and greenhouse gases, and social indicators on issues such as land tenure and the rights of indigenous peoples.
The Initiative brings together partners from ten palm oil-producing countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria1, Republic of the Congo, and Sierra Leone. The APOI is a collaboration between African governments, African and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the private sector where stakeholders from governments, companies, civil society and indigenous and community groups work at both national and regional levels. The APOI is the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA)’s first Signature Initiative coordinated by Proforest on behalf of TFA in partnership with a range of regional and national institutions.