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Palm Oil & Plantations

Mongabay -3 days ago

Fate of Malaysian forests stripped of protection points to conservation stakes

Before the clearing and excavators and bulldozers, before plans to build a gold mine and oil palm plantations, the Jemaluang and Tenggaroh forest reserves in Johor, Malaysia, were wildlife-rich jungles by the sea. Elephants, tigers and sun bears roamed the rainforests’ dimly lit interiors. Critically endangered tropical trees flourished by the seashore. But in 2014, […]...

CBD -4 days ago

Monitor lizards in Borneo found to prefer forests next to oil palm plantations

A team of researchers from Cardiff University working with staff at the Danau Girang Field Centre in Sabah, Malaysia, has found that monitor lizards living in the Malaysian part of Borneo prefer to reside in the natural forests that abut oil plantations, rather than in the plantations themselves. They have published a paper describing their findings on the open-access site PLOS ONE....

Mongabay -3 weeks ago

Remnant forests struggle to survive amid oil palm plantations, study shows

JAKARTA — Most forest trees that persist in areas dominated by oil palm plantations die before they can mature, a new study shows, emphasizing the urgency of conserving or restoring forested areas to ensure the promotion of biodiversity and other ecosystem services. The study, published in journal Global Ecology and Conservation, looked at the density […]...

Mongabay -1 month ago

Oil palms alone can be damaging; with other crops, the benefits abound

JAKARTA — Intercropping, the practice of growing two or more crops in close proximity, could be one of the keys to mitigating the impact of oil palm plantations on forests and biodiversity, new research suggests. The common views shared by oil palm farmers and companies is that the crop needs to be cultivated as a […]...

Mongabay -1 month ago

Borneo’s bearded pigs and traditional hunters adapted to oil palms. Then came swine fever

It’s easier to spot the bristly, gray-brown hide of a Bornean bearded pig (Sus barbatus) ambling through orderly rows of oil palm trees, than amid a dense tropical forest. But modern-day pig hunting in plantations brings its own challenges. The animals are more skittish. They are sensitive to the sound of gunshots and the smell […]...

Mongabay -2 months ago

Calls mount for Indonesian ban on new palm oil plantations to be extended

JAKARTA — Officials and activists in Indonesia are calling for the renewal of a ban on issuing new licenses for oil palm plantations, with the moratorium set to expire in September. President Joko Widodo issued the moratorium in 2018, in response to widespread concerns about environmental violations, land conflicts and labor rights abuses within the […]...

Mongabay -3 months ago

Top brands failing to spot rights abuses on Indonesian oil palm plantations

JAKARTA — Human rights abuses continue to fester in the Indonesian palm oil industry as global brands and financial institutions and investors turn a blind eye to the problem, a new report says. The report by a coalition of NGOs documents the human rights and environmental impacts of 10 oil palm plantations in Indonesia that […]...

Mongabay -4 months ago

NGOs call for alternative routes for Bornean road to avoid wildlife habitat

Malaysian scientists and activists have called on road planners in the Bornean state of Sabah to reconsider a 13-kilometer (8-mile) stretch of the Pan Borneo Highway that will cut through a protected forest reserve with a dense concentration of elephants when built. The current planned route runs through the Tawai Forest Reserve, a Class I […]...

Mongabay -4 months ago

Deforestation of orangutan habitat feeds global palm oil demand, report shows

JAKARTA — A major palm oil company supplying to global brands like Nestlé and PepsiCo continues to source the raw commodity from plantations responsible for deforesting prime orangutan habitat in Sumatra, according to a recent investigation. U.S.-based environmental advocacy group Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has found Singapore-based conglomerate Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) allegedly buying pa...

CBD -5 months ago

Oil palm plantations a 'threat to global health,' reports study on outbreaks

From Ebola in Africa to malaria in Brazil to tick-borne illnesses in the US, there is a common thread linking outbreaks of vector-borne and zoonotic diseases: fluctuating forest cover, according to a recent study....

Mongabay -5 months ago

Oil palm plantations a ‘threat to global health,’ says study on outbreaks

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised plenty of questions about whether the planet’s declining health is what ails humans. The answer is yes, and it’s not a metaphorical response. Distorting the blue planet’s green cover, hollowing out dense forests and tacking tree plantations at will fuels the rise of diseases, a growing body of research shows. […]...

Elsevier -5 months ago

Powerful actors and their networks in land use contestation for oil palm and industrial tree plantations in Riau

Publication date: August 2021Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 129Author(s): Lila Juniyanti, Herry Purnomo, Hariadi Kartodihardjo, Lilik Budi Prasetyo, Suryadi, Eko Pambudi...

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