The secret of tamanu oil

Scientists from the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Environment’s Research and Development Agency (FORDA), Indonesia’s Mulawarman University, Sriwijaya University and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) assess socioeconomic and environmental benefits of agroforestry systems based on nyamplung (tamanu) tree. The tamanu tree is demonstrating an ability to restore and improve former forests and peatlands that have been burned or wounded by industry, overuse or deforestation. Data were collected through field observations and focus group discussions. The study find that cultivating tamanu for bioenergy on degraded land can achieve multiple benefits for farmers while restoring the land, as well as helping to reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels.

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