Oil palm expansion transforms tropical landscapes and livelihoods

Sayer, Jeffrey, Ghazoul, Jaboury, Nelson, Paul, and Boedhihartono, Agni Klintuni (2012) Oil palm expansion transforms tropical landscapes and livelihoods. Global Food Security, 1 (2). pp. 114-119.

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Oil palm is a highly profitable crop adapted to the humid tropics and the area devoted to this crop is likely to expand significantly in the future. It has many environmentally favourable attributes over its full life cycle. When well managed it has a positive carbon balance and when grown in a landscape mosaic it can play a role in biodiversity conservation. It has driven rapid economic growth in several tropical developing countries and contributed to the alleviation of rural poverty. Abuses during periods of rapid estate expansion into areas of natural forest and onto the lands of poor rural communities have led to criticism by environmental and social activists. With good governance oil palm can make valuable contributions to development and the resulting prosperity may free people to invest in better environmental practices.

Item ID: 24668
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2211-9124
Keywords: oil palm, biodiversity, carbon, poverty alleviation, smallholders, land sparing
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Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2013 23:22
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160401 Economic Geography @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management @ 100%
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