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September 2013 - Blog

Palm Oil Plantations Impact on Forest Conservation

The oil palm tree grows exclusively in tropical areas. Because of the huge and increasing demand for palm oil, vast plantations have been established there, on land previously covered in the high conservation value tropical forests of Indonesia and Malaysia. This means that these areas are home to the most species of trees per hectare in the world, as well as a huge amount of other biodiversity. For example, nearly 80 mammal species are found in Malaysia’s primary forests however, disturbed forests contain on average around 30 species while palm oil plantations contain only 11 or 12. It also badly affects the insect, bird, reptile and soil microorganism populations.

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JAKARTA – WWF (LINK) welcomed the announcement that the Sinar Mas Group’s Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has stopped clearing Indonesia’s tropical forests and peat lands to allow an assessment of their conservation and carbon values. This editorial refers to a commitment made by APP in late 2011; the image is from mid 2013.
2013 Zero Waste Week

2013 Zero Waste Week

This week is zero waste week and the theme is “use it up”. The idea is to reduce food waste by making a few simple changes. So what are they?

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