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Is oil palm the next emerging threat to the Amazon?

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dc.contributor.author Buttler, Rhett en
dc.contributor.author Laurance, William F. en
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-09T20:01:45Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-09T20:01:45Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Buttler, Rhett and Laurance, William F. 2009. "<a href="https%3A%2F%2Frepository.si.edu%2Fhandle%2F10088%2F11799">Is oil palm the next emerging threat to the Amazon?</a>." <em>Tropical Conservation Science</em>. 2 (1):1&ndash;10. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/11799
dc.description.abstract The Amazon Basin appears poised to experience rapid expansion of oil palm agriculture. Nearly half of Amazonia is suitable for oil palm cultivation, and Malaysian corporations are now moving aggressively into the region to establish new plantations. Strong economic incentives for a major Amazonian oil palm industry are likely, given growing global demands for edible oils, oil-based products, and biofuel feedstocks. We have two main concerns. First, oil palm plantations are ecologically depauperate, supporting little forestdependent wildlife. Second, we disbelieve political and corporate statements suggesting that oil palm plantations will be concentrated on previously deforested lands in Amazonia. In reality, oil palm producers strongly favor clearing primary forest for plantations because they can reap immediate profits from timber production. These profits are vital to offset the costs of plantation establishment and maintenance for the initial 3-5 years until the oil palm plantations become profitable. Hence, oil palm agriculture could soon emerge as a major new threat to the Amazonian environment. en
dc.relation.ispartof Tropical Conservation Science en
dc.title Is oil palm the next emerging threat to the Amazon? en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 77665
rft.jtitle Tropical Conservation Science
rft.volume 2
rft.issue 1
rft.spage 1
rft.epage 10
dc.description.SIUnit Encyclopedia of Life en
dc.description.SIUnit Forces of Change en
dc.description.SIUnit STRI en
dc.citation.spage 1
dc.citation.epage 10


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