10 Jan '12, 2pm

Industrial palm oil production expands at expense of rainforests in Peru

Industrial palm oil production expands at expense of rainforests in Peru

Total oil palm cultivation area in the regions of San Martin and Ucayali in Peru, which account for 98 percent of oil palm extent in Peru. Deforestation for palm oil production accounted for 1.3 percent of Peru's total forest loss between 2000 and 2010. (a) Total area expanded by high-yield oil palm plantations into old-growth forest and cleared lands in the Peruvian Amazon between 2000 and 2010. (b) Area expanded into pastures, secondary, and old-growth forests by low- and high-yield plantation in the focus area during the same period. Charts courtesy of Gutierrez-Velez et al 2011.

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0110-peru_palm_oil.html


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