CIFOR: The long and winding road to sustainable palm oil

 

 

The polemic around the expansion of oil palm plantations in the tropics continues, and increasingly involves consumers concerned with sustainability. At the core of the debate is the matter of hard trade-offs between conservation and development. Reconciling such trade-offs is still the major challenge facing governments and companies.

 

 

Available evidence suggests that palm oil production has contradictory impacts. It has positive impacts on both local and national economic growth, and in alleviating rural poverty. Yet plantations also drive social conflict in their development, and bring detriment to forests and peatlands as they expand, leading to negative impacts due to biodiversity loss and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

 

 

The palm oil sector suffers from three performance issues, namely: land conflicts between local villagers and companies as well as immigrants, differences in yields between independent smallholders and industrial plantations, and a large carbon debt resulting from oil palm expansion into forestlands and peatlands. The challenge now is to find a way to ensure sustainable palm oil supply chains, in order to sustain economic gains while supporting conservation and climate action.

 

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Deriving Sustainable Value from Wildlife in the Western Congo Basin: Before it’s too late

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Save the Date: 18th Meeting of CBFP Parties - Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium, 27 to 28 November 2018

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TRAFFIC: Regional Awareness and Capacity Building Workshop Towards FOCAC 2018

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GEF-Small grants, big impacts: a community-led initiative is saving Viet Nam’s land crabs

Conserving the global commons can mean grappling with complex issues, studying the science underlying them, and making far-reaching commitments. But it can also involve measuring crabs in a hot village square.

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Aux Arbres : ATIBT takes part in the 1st public awareness event for the forests

It’s a first! Last Friday and Saturday was organized by Maisons du Monde Foundation a public event around the preservation of forests, climate and biodiversity in Nantes.

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Atibt: New edition of Racewood in Gabon WoodShow

On 21 and 22 June, the ATIBT organized the Racewood in Libreville, as part of Gabon WoodShow, the first timber fair in the Congo Basin. ATIBT has decided to take advantage of the launch this year of Gabon WoodShow, Gabon’s first wood and technology show in Gabon, to join the event and hold a new edition of the Racewood.

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Atibt: ATIBT and COMIFAC sign a collaboration agreement at Racewood

TIBT and COMIFAC signed a collaboration agreement at the Racewood on June 21, in Libreville (Gabon). The ATIBT Racewood remains one of the key events in the tropical timber industry. It represents a major opportunity on the African continent of multi-partner relationship. For two days, the key actors of the sector meet and exchange: donors, development agencies, policy makers, NGOs, civil society, country representatives, researchers, scientists, training organizations, unions, producers, managers, importers and industrialists .

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The Congo Basin at the heart of the GEF General Assembly - GEF Secretariat: High Level Roundtable on Congo Basin Sustainable landscapes, June 28 2018, Ariyana ballroom, Da Nang, Viet Nam

GEF - Secretariat: Summary of the High-Level Roundtable on Congo Basin Sustainable landscapes, June 28 2018, Ariyana ballroom, GEF Assembly, Da Nang, Viet Nam - Congo Basin Sustainable landscapes: around 70 persons took part in this High-Level Roundtable moderated by Cyriaque Sendashonga, Global Director for Programme and Policy at IUCN.  The discussions focused on the protection of global important biodiversity in protected areas, the management of biodiversity out of protected areas through large-scale landscape approaches, the importance of forest dependent communities and traditional knowledge...

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Fourth CBFP Council meeting
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