Does palm oil does contribute to deforestation?
The rapid and unplanned development of oil palm cultivation has, in part (20-30%), occurred at the expense of the forest. The challenge is now to ensure the sustainable development of this tropical crop while also preserving the last major global biodiversity reserves (Amazon, Congo Basin, Borneo, New Guinea). This is why a more sustainable commodity chain has been in place since 2004 thanks to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). This supply chain is more environmentally friendly, ensuring that crops do not involve destruction of primary rain forests. This initiative has already made it possible to certify 1.8 million hectares of palm groves and helped save thousands of hectares of primary forests. More and more industry stakeholders, including Alliance members, are taking their commitments further in preventing deforestation and protecting peatlands and local populations.