The Jakarta Post
A research center staffed by Indonesian and German scientists is claiming that oil palms are not as damaging to the environment as they are being depicted.
The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 990 in Jambi found that, for example, an oil palm plantation’s water consumption was comparable with that of a dense forest.
“The only problem is that soil infiltration capability is reduced, resulting in erosion, but it can be solved by making trenches between palm trees,” said Bambang Irawan, dean of Forestry School at the University of Jambi.
Speaking to a group of ambassadors and representatives from European Union member states on Tuesday in Jambi, he said the research was part of a larger project by the CRC 990, which consisted of researchers from Jambi University, the Bogor Instiute of Agriculture (IPB) and Tadulako University.
The CRC also involves rese...