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Palm Oil & Plantations


Mongabay -2 days ago

Belgium-sized swath of forest faces the chop from Indonesian palm oil

JAKARTA — Indonesia could lose an area of tropical rainforest bigger than Belgium to oil palm plantations over the next three years without existing measures to slow this loss, activists warn. This would negate the government’s own commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. Indonesia has since 2018 banned the issuance of permits for […]...

Mongabay -2 weeks ago

Companies and officials flout forest-clearing moratorium in Papua, report finds

JAKARTA — A litany of loopholes and violations have undercut the Indonesian government’s forest protection policies, allowing oil palm companies to continue obtaining licenses to clear rainforests for plantations, according to a new report. The report by Greenpeace analyzes the licensing process in the easternmost province of Papua, the last frontier of intact tropical forest […]...

Mongabay -4 weeks ago

New palm oil frontier sparks scramble for land in the Brazilian Amazon

In a far-flung stretch of the Brazilian Amazon, the dense rainforest is slowly giving way to neat rows of oil palm that stretch for miles. Beyond the plantations, a narrow strip of forest – some of it already razed – separates the plantations from the Waimiri-Atroari Indigenous Territory. There, in Brazil’s northern state of Roraima, […]...

iForest -1 month ago

Research Articles: Contrasted growth response of hybrid larch (Larix × marschlinsii), jack pine (Pinus banksiana) and white spruce (Picea glauca) to wood ash application in northwestern Quebec, Canada

Bélanger N, Palma Ponce G, Brais SCONTRASTED GROWTH RESPONSE OF HYBRID LARCH (LARIX × MARSCHLINSII), JACK PINE (PINUS BANKSIANA) AND WHITE SPRUCE (PICEA GLAUCA) TO WOOD ASH APPLICATION IN NORTHWESTERN QUEBEC, CANADAAbstract: The use of wood ash as a soil amendment in afforestation and reforestation efforts is increasing. While most studies suggest benefits or neutral results on tree growth and s...

Mongabay -1 month ago

Can palm oil be grown sustainably? Agroforestry research suggests it can, and without chemicals

A recent investigation by Mongabay demonstrated that oil palm plantations in the Amazon do not appear to be ‘green’ as the Brazilian government terms them, but rather are associated with deforestation and rampant use of chemical herbicides and pesticides. Our reporter documented that in the municipality of Tomé-Açu in the northern Amazon state of Pará, […]...

Mongabay -1 month ago

Podcast: Palm oil plantations and their impacts have arrived in the Amazon

Today we discuss a new investigative report by Mongabay’s contributing editor for Brazil, Karla Mendes, that looks at the impacts of the palm oil industry’s growth in the Amazon. Listen here: In an article titled “Déjà vu as palm oil industry brings deforestation, pollution to Amazon,” Mendes details the results of a year-long investigation into […]...

timberbiz -2 months ago

Regrowing tropical forests is nature better than nurture

The destruction of tropical forest is a major contributor to biodiversity loss and the climate crisis. In response, conservationists and scientists are debating how to best catalyse recovery of these forests. Source: The Conversation How do you take a patch of earth littered with tree stumps, or even a grassy pasture or palm oil plantation, and turn it back into a thriving forest filled with i...

Mongabay -2 months ago

Oil palm growers’ misdeeds allow an opportunity to save West Papua’s forests

JAKARTA — A government review has identified a massive area of forest in Indonesia’s West Papua province that has been earmarked for oil palm plantations but that can still be saved. Keeping this forested area standing could potentially prevent the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to two-fifths of Indonesia’s total annual emissions, experts say — […]...

Mongabay -2 months ago

Secretive group found to have cleared orangutan habitat in Indonesia: Report

JAKARTA — An Indonesian forestry company with possible links to pulpwood and palm oil powerhouse Royal Golden Eagle has cleared forests the size of 500,000 basketball courts since 2016, some of them home to critically endangered orangutans, according to a new report. Nusantara Fiber controls 242,000 hectares (598,000 acres) of industrial tree plantations via six […]...

Mongabay -2 months ago

Pension and endowment funds linked to conflict-plagued oil palm in DRC

Well-known investment funds in the U.S., Europe and South Africa are financing a set of oil palm plantations that have been at the center of more than a century of discord in the northeastern quadrant of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to a new report from the Oakland Institute, a California-based policy think […]...

Mongabay -2 months ago

Video: Communities struggle against palm oil plantations spreading in Brazilian Amazon

For the past 18 months, Mongabay has investigated allegations of widespread abuses by palm oil companies in Brazil, discovering what appears to be an industry-wide pattern of brazen disregard for Amazon conservation and for the rights of Indigenous people and traditional communities. Frustration with palm oil companies has been growing across the region over the […]...

timberbiz -2 months ago

A million hectares of Papuan forest licensed for clearing

In Sorong, a district in Indonesia’s eastern-most region of Papua, deforestation is unfolding. Indonesia’s commodities boom of recent decades razed much of the forests on the western islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Now, those same industries are moving into Papua. Sources: Timberbiz, Mongabay In Papua authorities have issued licenses that could result in the clearing of an area the size of Sydn...

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