The industry of palm oil, is facing new challenges due to unrest in key producing regions. That include the rampant, and often illegal, clearing of land has also affected small landholders and is increasingly causing tension between the Indonesian government and the administrations that run the country’s provinces. David Gaveau, a scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research, said: “The central government is now trying to pull back that power and recentralise things. They realised it all went too far. It’s uncertain which way things will go, but there’s certainly a lot of tension around it.
Kondisi menyedihkan juga bisa dilihat di lahan gambut, salah satu wilayah yang menyimpan banyak stok karbon. Banyak lahan gambut kini rusak. Kubah gambut rusak karena dipakai untuk area perkebunan. Penelitian Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)mengungkap fakta menyedihkan. Akumulasi karbon di wilayah gambut Indonesia membutuhkan waktu hingga 11.000 tahun, sementara pelepasan karbonnya berlangsung sangat cepat.
In “Palms Of Controversies: Oil Palm And Development Challenges”, authors Alain Rival and Patrice Levang examine this strange dichotomy. Using facts and field experience, they study common conceptions about the oil palm, examining both its strengths and weaknesses as they analyse its history and future. “What is really happening?” the authors ask. “Is palm oil a driver of development, as the companies claim, or the harbinger of increasing poverty, as NGOs claim?
CIFOR principal scientist Dr. Esther Mwangi is part of the global expert group contributing to UNEP’s Global Gender Environment Outlook (GGEO). The writing process kicked off with a writeshop organized by UNEP in New York in March 2015. One of the outcomes of the GGEO writeshop is the following OpEd, authored by Joni Seager, Deepa Joshi and Rebecka Pearl-Martinez from the GGEO expert group. To access the OpEd and to learn more about the GGEO – described by the blog authors as “… the first comprehensive, integrated and global assessment of gender issues in relation to the environment and sustainability”
There is a complex paradox surrounding the humble oil palm. It is viewed as a “miracle plant” by the agro-food industry in the Northern hemisphere and farmers in tropical regions, yet denounced as an ecological threat by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) campaigning for the environment or the rights of indigenous people. In Palms Of Controversies: Oil Palm And Development Challenges, authors Alain Rival and Patrice Levang examine this strange dichotomy. Using facts and field experience, they study common conceptions about the oil palm, examining both its strengths and weaknesses as they analyse its history and future.
CIFOR bersama dengan para pakar di lingkup Badan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Kelautan dan Perikanan, Bank Dunia, REDD+, Bappenas, Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan, AIMS, Conservation International, Yagasu Foundation, serta kalangan perguruan tinggi dan aktivis pembangunan lingkungan hadir dalam Coastal Carbon Technical Workshop 2015 membahas posisi dan perkembangan terakhir tentang pengetahuan ilmiah potensi karbon wilayah pesisir Indonesia.
World Resource Institute and the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, involving researchers from CIFOR Bogor, Darwin, Wageningen and Singapore, is now assessing the potential for restoration in 8 large-scale degraded and converted mangrove forests ranging from 6,600 hectares (Tanjung Panjang, Gorontalo) to 82,500 ha (Mahakam Delta, East Kalimantan).
Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu (SVLK) sebagai suatu kebijakan dinilai baik dan mulai diikuti para pelaku usaha, sehingga sebaiknya jangan dicabut. ”Semangat para ’pemain’ kayu kehutanan berbuat baik harus dihargai, jangan dipatahkan,” kata Herry Purnomo, Guru Besar Fakultas Kehutanan Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) yang juga peneliti pada Pusat Penelitian Kehutanan Internasional (Cifor), Minggu (19/4), di Bogor.