One of the major aims of COP26 is to ‘curtail’ deforestation (the clearing of forest or other green habitat).
Deforestation, combined with the industry and agriculture that replace the cleared trees, is one of the greatest causes of climate change, following closely behind the burning of fossil fuels. Equally it is one of the biggest causes of species extinction as well.
Whether habitat is deforested for expansive cattle ranches or certain food crops, it’s all in the name of fullfilling consumer demand for “commodities”.
We can reduce our demand on the planet by consuming less, but we’re obviously not going to reduce our demand entirely. We’ve got to utilise every method we have to make our existing consumption sustainable.
Perhaps the most famous crop for its association with biodiversity loss and climate change is palm oil. Deforestation for palm oil has been rampant over the last 50 years, and yet it offers by far the most efficient production of food oil per hectare over any other crop, as well as providing a livelihood for thousands upon thousands of people.
We can’t get rid of it, but we hold huge potential to steer the production of palm and other crops along a sustainable path, through certification schemes.
Chester Zoo Science Director, Simon Dowell, writes about the path forward for us in tackling one particular area of biodiversity decline…
We talk to globally respected forest conservationist Dr Marc Ancrenaz, Co-director of the NGO Hutan
Since 2008 an entirely female team has carried out huge scale landscape restoration projects.
Our palm oil overview infographic provides a great overview of the potential problems and solutions of using palm oil.
Lets celebrate the companies who are already committed to 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil and support those that what to be more sustainable!
In Malaysian Borneo, conservationists are endeavouring to find solutions to wildlife challenges that benefit both humans and wildlife alike.
Learn about the organisations who are committed to driving the palm oil industry in the right direction, and support a move to sustainable palm oil.