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Palm Oil & Plantations


Mongabay -3 months ago

Malaysia to ban oil palm expansion?

Malaysia may ban further expansion of oil palm plantations in response to improve the oilseed’s reputation abroad, reports Bloomberg. In an interview Friday, Minister of Primary Industries Teresa Kok told Bloomberg that the prime minister’s cabinet will weigh a proposal to cap Malaysia’s palm oil estate at 6 million hectares (14.8 million acres), an area […]...

Mongabay -3 months ago

Norway divests from plantation companies linked to deforestation

This week, Norway released the 2018 investment holdings of its massive government pension fund. Notably absent were four plantation companies previously listed in the portfolio: Olam International, Halcyon Agri Corp, Sime Darby Plantation and Sipef. Olam International and Halcyon Agri Corp are both Singapore-based agribusiness companies, with Olam linked to deforestation for oil palm plantations [...

Elsevier -3 months ago

Determining the effectiveness of forest landscape governance: A case study from the Sendang landscape, South Sumatra

Publication date: May 2019Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 102Author(s): Dwi Amalia Sari, Jeffrey Sayer, Chris Margules, Agni Klintuni BoedhihartonoAbstractWe propose an approach to studying the effectiveness of governance arrangements to deal with complexity in forest landscapes. Using a landscape approach and standard performance audit procedures, we (1) describe the interactions amon...

World Bank -3 months ago

Oil Palm in Indonesia

Although oil palm plantations are not the primary driver of deforestation, they are the last and most profitable phase of a land governance system that incentivizes the degradation and eventual conversion of natural forests, beginning with forestry concessions. Especially in Southeast Asia, oil palm cultivation has become synonymous with tropical deforestation and subject to numerous environmental...

Elsevier -4 months ago

Safeguarding forests from smallholder oil palm expansion by more intensive production? The case of Ngwei forest (Cameroon)

Publication date: April 2019Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 101Author(s): Achille Jean Jaza Folefack, Marie Gaelle Ngo Njiki, Dietrich DarrAbstractCameroon currently produces 230,000 tons/year of palm oil making it the 3rd largest African and 13th largest global palm oil producer. The country's 193,860 ha of mostly non-industrial oil palm plantations, which are often characterized by...

Mongabay -4 months ago

Latam Eco Review: Seeing red over pink dolphins and flamingos

The most popular stories published recently by our Spanish-language news service, Mongabay Latam, featured endangered pink Amazon river dolphins, the world’s rarest flamingos, palm oil plantations in Nicaragua, impunity in Peru, and mansions in Colombia. Mercury and accidental capture endanger Amazon river dolphins The Amazon river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) was recently categorized as endangere...

CBD -5 months ago

Protecting proboscis monkeys from deforestation

A 10-year study of proboscis monkeys in Borneo has revealed that forest conversion to oil palm plantations is having a significant impact on the species....

Mongabay -6 months ago

The secret deal to destroy paradise

Prologue: Johor Baru, 2012 In December 2012, at a press conference on the sidelines of an Islamic business forum in Malaysia, a man named Chairul Anhar made a bold claim. His company, he said, held the rights to 4,000 square kilometers of land for oil palm plantations in Indonesia. If true, it would make Chairul […]...

The Guardian -6 months ago

At the root of the problem: the best books about deforestation

Novelist Richard Powers, Nobel winner Wangari Maathai and Amazonian shaman Davi Kopenawa: five books about one of the most profound environmental changes of our timeIceland’s Christmas advert about palm oil’s links with deforestation was banned last week, because it was said that the short Greenpeace-made animation was “political”. But how else to convey the devastation caused by the conve...

Elsevier -6 months ago

Development and equity: A gendered inquiry in a swidden landscape

Publication date: Available online 15 November 2018Source: Forest Policy and EconomicsAuthor(s): Cynthia D. Maharani, Moira Moeliono, Grace Y. Wong, Maria Brockhaus, Rachel Carmenta, Maarit KallioAbstractMarket-driven development is transforming swidden landscapes and having different impacts along intersections of gender, age and class. In Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, Dayak communitie...

Mongabay -7 months ago

End of funding dims hopes for a Sumatran forest targeted by palm oil growers

JAKARTA — Its name in Indonesian means “hope,” but there seems to be little of that remaining for the Harapan rainforest, a tropical woodland oasis in an ever-expanding desert of oil palm plantations in Sumatra. The Harapan rainforest is one of the last remaining expanses of lowland forest left on the island and could disappear […]...

Mongabay -7 months ago

In funding palm oil giants, banks may share in ‘sins of the companies’

On Sept. 19, Indonesian President Joko Widodo slapped a three-year moratorium on the issuance of new licenses for oil palm plantations. The moratorium was introduced to “improve governance of sustainable palm plantations, provide legal certainty, maintain environmental sustainability and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases,” a senior official told AFP. President Jokowi, as he [R...