Reducing green house gas emissions from oil palm in Indonesia: Lessons from East Kalimantan

Reducing green house gas emissions from oil palm in Indonesia: Lessons from East Kalimantan

Key Messages

  • National and provincial emissions reduction goals and efforts to slow deforestation may come into conflict with provincial and district level economic ambitions based on agricultural development.
  • Around half of existing oil palm concessions in East Kalimantan are on forested and peatland areas. If developed, these plantations will release ~206 MtCO2e into the atmosphere.
  • The expansion of oil palm plantations on currently allocated concessions will lead to the conversion of forested lands and swamp areas, including peatland, and represents a critical source of carbon emissions.
  • To ensure the sustainability of plantation expansion the government needs to undertake a review of all existing plantation permits to ensure that they align with existing sustainability criteria.
  • Green Growth does not present a win-win strategy and therefore requires strong political commitment, and awareness of social and environmental tradeoffs.

Authors: Anderson, Z.R.; Kusters, K.; Obidzinski, K.

Topic: oil palm, greenhouse gases, emission

Geographic: Indonesia,Kalimantan

Series: CIFOR Infobrief no. 125

Publisher: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia

Publication Year: 2015

DOI: 10.17528/cifor/005749


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