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Palm Oil & Plantations


Mongabay -4 hours ago

Podcast: With just 10 years left to save Sumatran elephants, what can be done now?

The Sumatran elephant is a small Asian elephant whose numbers are dwindling as their lowland forest habitats are converted to uses like oil palm plantations. Experts say that Indonesia has just 10 years to turn this trend around and save them from the eternity of extinction – though this is optimistic, taking the steps needed […]...

Mongabay -2 days ago

Palm oil plantations, coal mines linked to deadly Indonesia flood

JAKARTA — Recent floods that inundated large areas of the southern part of Indonesian Borneo might have been exacerbated by massive deforestation for oil palm plantations and coal mines, activists say. Heavy rains over the course of several days in early January battered the province of South Kalimantan, causing the Barito and other rivers to […]...

Mongabay -1 month ago

Indonesia’s biofuel bid threatens more deforestation for oil palm plantations

JAKARTA — An Indonesian government program to phase out diesel for an alternative made from palm oil could spur massive deforestation for palm plantations spanning an area a fifth the size of Borneo. The biodiesel transition program, the world’s most ambitious, will require 15 million hectares (37 million acres) of new oil palm plantations, according […]...

Mongabay -1 month ago

Report finds litany of labor abuses on RSPO-certified oil palm plantations

JAKARTA — A coalition of NGOs has documented rampant labor abuses in five oil palm plantations in Indonesia, the world’s biggest producer and exporter of the commodity. The palm oil from these plantations is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and ends up in products made by food giant Nestlé. Among the […]...

timberbiz -1 month ago

Licence revoked for Papua mill linked to deforestation and corruption

A major sawmill operation linked to widespread deforestation and corruption in Indonesia has had its legality certification revoked by the licensing authority over allegations of a forged permit, meaning it will not be allowed to export any wood products. Source: Mongabay Operator PT Tulen Jayamas Timber Industries (TJTI) had established the sawmill in Boven Digoel district, in Indonesia’s easte...

Mongabay -2 months ago

‘Certified’ palm oil linked to worse social, ecological outcomes for Indonesian villagers

While many look to sustainability certifications as a panacea for the issues surrounding oil palm plantations, a new study cautions that these programs may not be enough to prevent negative impacts on local communities. Following on previous research into the effects of oil palm development on the livelihoods and environmental well-being of nearby villages in […]...

The Guardian -4 months ago

Malaysian prisoners may face 'forced labour' on palm oil plantations

Shortage of foreign workers behind plan by producers to employ inmates as a stopgap measurePrisoners are expected to be put to work on Malaysia’s giant palm oil plantations to make up for an acute labour shortage heightened by the coronavirus pandemic.But workers’ rights experts have warned that the proposal by the country’s palm oil producers may constitute “institutionalised forced labou...

timberbiz -4 months ago

Vic timber transition plan labelled a sham – not one hardwood tree planted

The Victorian Government’s native timber transition plan has been labelled a sham after Labor walked away from establishing hardwood plantations. During State Parliament this week the Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath pushed Minister for Agriculture, Jaclyn Symes for answers. Source: Timberbiz Ms Bath cited the former HPV plantation at Maryvale which has only been replant...

Mongabay -4 months ago

Oil palm plantations in Sumatran wetland worsen flooding in communities

JAKARTA — Newly published research has linked the spread of oil palm and rubber plantations across a wetland area of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island to worsening floods in the region. The analysis, published in August in the journal Ecology and Society, shows that “the observed and measured increase in flood frequency and intensity within the Tembesi […]...

Mongabay -4 months ago

Oil palm plantations in Sumatran watershed worsen flooding in communities

JAKARTA — Newly published research has linked the spread of oil palm and rubber plantations across a watershed area of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island to worsening floods in the region. The analysis, published in August in the journal Ecology and Society, shows that “the observed and measured increase in flood frequency and intensity within the Tembesi […]...

Mongabay -5 months ago

Filling the vacuum: How civil society is battling COVID-19 in Cameroon

For the past four years Marie-Cresence Ngobo has travelled between the scattered villages bordering the giant oil palm plantations run by Socapalm (Société Camerounaise des Palmeraies), which are located in Cameroon’s rural coastal regions. There she and her team from the civil society organization, Network of Actors for Sustainable Development (RADD), meticulously document residents’ com...

Mongabay -5 months ago

Filling the vacuum: How civil society is battling COVID-19 in Cameroon (commentary)

For the past four years Marie-Cresence Ngobo has travelled between the scattered villages bordering the giant oil palm plantations run by Socapalm (Société Camerounaise des Palmeraies), which are located in Cameroon’s rural coastal regions. There she and her team from the civil society organization, Network of Actors for Sustainable Development (RADD), meticulously document residents’ com...

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