The Palm Scribe

UGM offers solution to controversy over oil palm plantations in forest areas

Kompas, 20 October 2018

Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) Forestry Faculty Dean Budiadi told a press conference in Yogyakarta on Friday (October 19) that data compiled by the faculty showed there are 2.8 million hectares of oil palm plantations located inside forest areas. An estimated 35% of them are smallholder plantations. He recommended the government convert these oil palm plantations back into forest so that people can manage the areas using different approaches, such as agroforestry or planting other types of plant in oil palm plantations.

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