Deforestation on Oil Palm Concessions Continued to Decline in First Half of 2021

Analysis by Chain Reaction Research (CRR) shows that 10 palm oil companies were responsible for approximately 5,000 hectares (ha) of forest clearing during the first six months of 2021 in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea.

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The figure is approximately 43 percent of the total 11,500 ha of deforestation detected within known oil palm concessions in the region. Total detected deforestation within oil palm concession is almost half of the amount seen in the same regions during the first half of 2020. Against the backdrop of this reduced rate of deforestation, some companies with as little as 200 ha of deforestation were on the top 10 list. In the same timeframe in 2020, the minimum amount of deforestation was 700 ha.

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