Carbon & biodiversity rich landscapes

Palm oil production is unfortunately associated with the loss of biodiversity and green house gas emissions through drainage of peatlands for plantation development. Within the topic ‘Carbon & biodiversity rich landscapes’, SustainPalm focuses on two areas.

Developing sustainable land-use systems And business models for (deep) peat and surroundings

The aim is to identify and develop land-use systems which reduce the trade-offs between economic and environmental benefits of drained peatland areas, such as oil palm plantations. These alternative land-use systems aim for reducing GHG-emissions, rehabilitate ecological functions, and generate income for smallholder farmers and larger oil-palm companies. SustainPalm investigates the viability of alternative crops and cultivation systems, including an evaluation of financial and environmental benefits.

Improving biodiversity and carbon stocks while reducing GHG emissions in plantation landscapes

Solutions will be identified aiming at facilitating smallholder farming families with land tenure-rights and smallholder farming families without land tenure-rights, large oil palm companies, local and national governments, and also local, national and international organizations to invest in ecological improvements, certification schemes, as well as other options that improve biodiversity and carbon in oil palm plantation landscapes

Activities will be implemented in the following locations :

For more information please contact :

Peter van der Meer –

Yudi Firmanul –

dr. Sri Wilarso –

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