Biodiversity impact of RSPO certification – an assessment of good practices

Empirical study
Research report

Published October 2020 by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Borneo Futures . Authored by Meijaard, E. , Ancrenaz, M. and van Balen, B.

Summary

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has developed a set of environmental criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). The thinking in RSPO is that when these criteria are properly applied, they can help minimize the negative impacts of palm oil cultivation on the environment. These links are pretty well established for the benefits of certification on reducing deforestation or fires, but the impacts of certification on biodiversity remain poorly understood. Even if RSPO certification reduced loss of natural habitats, other effects, such as hunting, unsustainable harvest of animals and plants and loss of key resources that sustain wildlife, could still decrease the abundance and diversity of wildlife. To better understand how RSPO certification has impacted biodiversity, the RSPO requested a study to determine whether its certification processes had benefited tropical wildlife and especially species of conservation importance.

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Biodiversity impact of RSPO certification – an assessment of good practices

Empirical study
Research report

Published October 2020 by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Borneo Futures . Authored by Meijaard, E. , Ancrenaz, M. and van Balen, B.

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