ScienceDaily | Palm oil’s potential to alleviate poverty depends on where it’s grown

ScienceDaily | Palm oil’s potential to alleviate poverty depends on where it’s grown

Palm oil’s potential to alleviate poverty depends on where it’s grown. Expansion of oil palm production in remote forest areas requires careful planning and evaluation if the communities are to benefit, according to a new report. Their findings show that unsustainable livelihoods, socioeconomic inequality and environmental issues remain major challenges in the oil palm industry.

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The Guardian |  ‘Death by a thousand cuts’: vast expanse of rainforest lost in 2018

The Guardian | ‘Death by a thousand cuts’: vast expanse of rainforest lost in 2018

Clearcutting of primary forest by loggers and cattle ranchers in Brazil dominated the destruction, including invasions into indigenous lands where uncontacted tribes live. Losses were also high in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Indonesia. Indonesia is the only major country where government protections appear to be significantly reducing the losses.

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Nature | Restoring natural forests is the best way to remove atmospheric carbon

Nature | Restoring natural forests is the best way to remove atmospheric carbon


Reforesting of burnt areas in Kalimantan province, Indonesia.Credit: Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR/eyevine

The IPCC suggests that boosting the total area of the world’s forests, woodlands and woody savannahs could store around one-quarter of the atmospheric carbon necessary to limit global warming to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. In the near term, this means adding up to 24 million hectares (Mha) of forest every year from now until 2030.

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JG |  Commentary: East Can Meet West on Palm Oil Controversy

JG | Commentary: East Can Meet West on Palm Oil Controversy

A worker shows palm oil fruits at palm oil plantation in Topoyo village in Mamuju, Indonesia, Sulawesi Island, March 25, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Akbar Tado/via REUTERS

Oil palm has provided producing countries with economic benefits, such as additional foreign exchange revenue, but there are also important indirect benefits, such as local infrastructure development, rural poverty reduction and other multiplier effects. However, these benefits have been overshadowed by the global controversy over palm oil, aimed primarily at the two major producers, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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IUCN |  Kelapa sawit dan keanekaragaman hayati

IUCN | Kelapa sawit dan keanekaragaman hayati

Analisis Situasi ini terutamanya fokus kepada kelapa sawit dalam konteks konservasi keanekaragaman hayati berdasarkan literatur yang diterbitkan sebelum 31 Januari 2018, dan bertujuan untuk menyediakan jalur konstruktif untuk mengatasi tantangan keberlanjutan di dalam industri minyak kelapa sawit. Laporan ini tidak menilai implikasi sosial dan ekonomi dari adanya produksi dan perluasan lahan minyak kelapa sawit tetapi akan mengacu  kepadanya jika ada potensi berdampak terhadap konservasi keanekaragaman hayati. Melalui identifikasi kesenjangan pengetahuan yang utama, Analisis Situasi ini akan juga memberikan arah kepada Satuan Tugas Kelapa Sawit dalam rangka menjawab kesenjangan pengetahuan ini di sisa quadrennium 2017-2020.

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