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Innovation key to sustainable palm oil

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Nusa Dua, Bali   /   Fri, April 27 2018   /  12:26 am

Environmentalists and officials have stressed that a breakthrough is necessary to develop a sustainable palm oil industry

Speaking on the second day of the sixth International Conference on Oil Palm and Environment (ICOPE) in Nusa Dua, the director of policy, sustainability and transformation of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia, Aditya Bayunanda, said that Indonesia, as a major player in the industry, should conduct more research into palm oil to achieve sustainability.

“We need more research on palm oil, so that we can reach the point where palm oil can be developed sustainably,” Aditya said.

Palm oil is the second-largest contributor to export earnings in Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer.

However, activists have long criticized the impact of rapid development of the industry on the environment.

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