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Palm Oil Giant Will End Deforestation in Carbon-Rich Areas of Indonesia

GAR, the world's second-biggest palm oil producer, has vowed to stop razing Indonesian forests that are especially rich in carbon and biodiversity

By Fiona Harvey,

Feb 10, 2011

Experts in Indonesia will be asked to judge whether GAR forests have "high conservation value" under guidance from the , a coalition of the palm oil industry and conservation groups.

The agreement also fell short of setting out how much land GAR may use for new palm planting.

Poynton said that if the agreement was successful, it could help turn Indonesia into a role model for sustainable development. Indonesia has played a strong role in international climate change negotiations, since hosting the Bali conference in 2007.

Image: Greenpeace

Republished with permission.

When? And as you point out


And as you point out this: 'will still leave GAR free to exploit other areas of forest, and land that is judged to be of lower conservation value.' means they'll have to be kept under close supervision or they'll destroy great swathes of forest by reclassification.


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