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Palm Oil Project

Over the past few decades, habitat loss and conversion of forests for agricultural use in Borneo and Sumatra has put numerous species at risk and conservation efforts are vitally important to protect the islands biodiversity.

Currently, the expanding unsustainable palm oil industry is one of the biggest threats facing the region.

Palm oil is highly profitable and as the most high yielding and versatile product on the market, demand is increasing. We are fully committed to supporting the market transformation to a fully sustainable palm oil supply to help reduce the industries impact on the environment. 

Working alongside various partners from field projects and zoo associations such as BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) to other zoos and conservation organisations, we engage with stakeholders locally, nationally and globally to find solutions to this conservation problem and to continue to influence many sectors in the palm oil supply chain and promote the use of sustainable palm oil.

We are creating a demand in the UK for sustainable palm oil, and through our Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge we are celebrating the companies who are already committed to 100% Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified sustainable palm oil, supporting those that want to be sustainable and making it easier for people to choose sustainable palm oil products.  

We developed a restaurant toolkit to assist others in reducing their impact on biodiversity and the environment through making sustainable choices and we are working with UK businesses to help grow this resource.  

Project team

Our latest palm oil news

08/11/16

Getting close to the largest reptilian on the planet

Find out how remote controlled planes are aiding conservation work in Borneo.

  • Biodiversity Surveys and Ecological Research
  • Human-wildlife Conflict
  • Palm oil
  • South East Asia

27/10/16

“We can make things better…”

Watch this film to see what Chester Zoo's field conservation manager, Cat Barton, and marketing manager, Jenny Tegg, got up to on their recent trip to Borneo and meet some of the HUTAN team who are working on the frontline of conservation in Borneo.

  • South East Asia
  • Orangutans
  • Birds
  • Palm oil
  • Conservation Breeding and Management

12/10/16

What is a sustainable oil palm plantation?

Find out more as we uncover the reality of sustainable oil palm plantations.

  • Palm oil
  • Livelihoods and Sustainable Development
  • Orangutans
  • South East Asia

10/10/16

From Chester Zoo to Borneo

The recent trip was a great opportunity to talk about current conservation challenges, progress made so far and to look forward at future opportunities where we can help make a difference.

  • Orangutans
  • Palm oil
  • South East Asia
  • Visitor and Community Engagement
  • Livelihoods and Sustainable Development

06/10/16

How are we making a difference in Borneo?

For over 10 years we've been partnering with HUTAN - Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation programme to protect the forests and wildlife of the Kinabatangan region of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

  • Palm oil
  • Orangutans
  • South East Asia
  • Livelihoods and Sustainable Development
  • Visitor and Community Engagement

18/08/16

My 1,000 Mile Marine Month for Act for Wildlife

We’d like to introduce you to Ross Edgley, one of our amazing Act for Wildlife supporters.

  • Orangutans
  • Palm oil

Key Facts

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees
50%
Palm oil is used in around 50% of packaged supermarket products
85%
Around 85% of palm oil is grown in Malaysia and Indonesia
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