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Palm Oil, Forests & Sustainability

2003 | Proforest

Perceptions of serious, unresolved problems in the oil palm sector have led to increasing concern from a variety of institutions, including local and international NGOs, the regulatory agencies of national governments, donors and other financial institutions. This discussion paper, the first of two written for the Round Table on Sustainable Oil Palm, identifies some of the major issues facing the sustainable cultivation of oil palm. For some of these issues, there is little agreement on the nature of the problem. In other cases, technical solutions exist and the extent to which they are implemented is examined.