Locating palm oil plantations
In situations where habitat is fragmented, wildlife corridors connecting fragmented forests should be set up and maintained to allow migration and ensure population viability.
WWF and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) recommend that new plantings do not replace primary forest or any area required to maintain or enhance high conservation value forest.
As part of WWF’s efforts to support the sustainable growth of the palm oil industry we have developed a tool with EcoFys to help identify areas which may be suitable for responsible cultivation, including those which have:
- low conservation values
- low carbon storage
- resolved any land tenure issues
- appropriate land use designations in the national and local spatial plans
This has the potential to secure hundreds of thousands of hectares of currently allocated forest lands, whilst maintaining the economic growth and opportunity associated with the palm oil industry.
The significant carbon savings associated with these swaps could be converted into carbon credits and used to compensate communities and businesses for any costs associated with the swap.