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

19/09/17

New study reveals decline in Bornean orangutan population

The innovative model assessed the different drivers linked to the species’ decline and showed that orangutans have lower survival rates in areas where forests have recently been converted to industrial agriculture.

  • Orangutans
  • Palm oil

19/09/17

Orangutans and Sustainable Palm Oil

A new study co-authored by Marc Ancrenaz, director of our partners HUTAN, revealed that Bornean orangutan populations have declined by 25% over the last 10 years! It is now time to ACT FOR ORANGUTANS and one way to do it is by supporting sustainable palm oil.

  • Orangutans
  • Palm oil

19/09/17

We want Chester to become the WORLD’S FIRST ‘Sustainable Palm Oil City’

We're striving to make Chester become the world's first 'Sustainable Palm Oil City' as part of our Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge campaign, which we launched in 2015 to help protect rainforests across South East Asia and the incredible wildlife found within them! The post We want Chester to become the WORLD’S FIRST ‘Sustainable Palm Oil City’ appeared first on Act for Wildlife .

  • Orangutans
  • Palm oil
  • Sumatran tigers
  • Sun bears

19/09/17

Make Chester the WORLD’S FIRST ‘Sustainable Palm Oil City’ in bid to save rainforests

We are bidding to become the world’s first ‘Sustainable Palm Oil City’ as part of our major conservation campaign to protect South East Asian rainforests.

  • Palm oil

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

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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