ETFRN news 59: Exploring inclusive palm oil production

Widespread palm oil production causes much controversy due to its negative impacts in the tropics. But whatever is said about it, it is big business and getting bigger by the day due to increasing global demands. Alongside this, the size and depth of the social and environmental debates surrounding palm oil production are also growing. As a major globally-consumed commodity, its production in the humid and sub-humid tropics raises concerns due to its impacts on the environment, biodiversity, local communities, smallholder livelihoods, land rights and climate change.

16 April 2019

Spatial scenario modelling to support integrated landscape management in the Caribbean North Coast of Honduras 

A case study on landscape strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 

Background Report

20 November 2018

What is Palm Oil?

Palm oil is the most widely-used vegetable oil in the world. Palm fruit oil, generally known as palm oil, is produced from the pulp of the fruit of the oil palm tree (Elaeis Guineensis). This tropical fruit is reddish in colour because of a high beta-carotene content. The fruit is about the size of a large olive. The fruit has a single seed or kernel, which is used to produce palm kernel oil. Each palm fruit contains about 30-35 per cent oil. Palm fruit oil and palm kernel oil differ significantly in their fatty acid composition, but have the same botanical origin.

Oil palm and biodiversity

The situation analysis primarily focuses on oil palm in the context of biodiversity conservation based on literature published before 31 January 2018, and aims to provide a constructive pathway to addressing sustainability challenges in the palm oil industry. This report does not assess the social and economic implications of palm oil production and expansion but will refer to these when they are likely to have an impact on biodiversity conservation. Through identification of key knowledge gaps, the situation analysis will also provide direction to the Oil Palm Task Force in terms of seeking to address these knowledge gaps in the remainder of the 2017-2020 Quadrennium.

Common guidance for the identification of high conservation values

A good practice guide for identifying HCVs across different ecosystems and production systems.


Principles and criteria for the sustainable production of palm oil 2013.

RSPO Remediation and Compensation Procedures

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Remediation and Compensation Procedure (RaCP) Related to Land Clearance Without Prior High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessment

RSPO Supply Chain Certification Standard

RSPO Supply Chain Certification Standard For organizations seeking or holding certification. Adopted by the RSPO Board of Governors on 21 November 2014.


El aceite de palma y los productos derivados de la palma están en todas partes. ¿Por qué? Porque es el aceite vegetal menos costoso del mundo. Además de eso, es increíblemente versátil en sus aplicaciones. Sin embargo, el alcance del aceite de palma se extiende más allá de sus productos y usos, lo que tiene consecuencias para los humanos y las tierras en que se produce este aceite. Esta es la razón por la cual una producción sostenible es capaz de transformar industrias y vidas en todo el mundo. Buscamos brindar soluciones específicas para cada país y contexto, tanto para los pequeños agricultores, como las fábricas y las empresas, al reunir a múltiples actores, desarrollando alianzas mutuamente beneficiosas, y apoyando la implementación de prácticas sostenibles.

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