Sustainable palm oil certification
An ecosystem living on borrowed time
Currently, the RSPO certifies 430,588 ha of palm plantations around the world. In Malaysia, plantations cover more than 2 million hectares of land. Most of these palm groves are therefore uncertified. Malaysia's biodiversity is truly exceptional but animals such as orangutans, rhinoceros hornbills, Asian elephants, and even sun bears are threatened by habitat loss due to palm plantations.
Hutan and Beauval Nature propose implementing an innovative methodology to improve RSPO certification of palm oil. The idea is to assess and monitor biodiversity within the palm plantations. To do this, a multidisciplinary approach will be developed in order to identify indicators that will allow the palm plantations to either be certified as being sustainable or not.
To gather as many indicators as possible, different groups of animals, such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates, will be targeted by this approach, as well as various strata within the palm plantations.
The aim is to create an inexpensive methodology that can be replicated in other countries where palm oil trees are cultivated.
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