Toolkits and training for companies with important species in and around their palm oil plantations can help to reduce the impact of plantations on wildlife as well as avoiding wildlife conflict, which can be costly for plantation owners.
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RSPO guidelines include:
- Avoid cultivation on highly erodible land, including steep slopes, riverbanks and peat lands
- Avoid use of fire to clear land
- Use recommended management practices that maintain or improve soil fertility and thus ensure the continuing productivity of plantations include; land terracing, cover crops, road maintenance, and soil integrity monitoring
- Reduce chemical use through the use of organic alternatives, such as kernels and other waste by-products, and rely on integrated pest management to reduce pesticide use.
- Minimize water usage with optimal irrigation timing and drip-irrigation in nurseries
- Identify potential social conflicts on community or indigenous lands and abide by Free Prior and Informed Consent of those groups prior to concession allocation.