Small room for compromise between oil palm cultivation and primate conservation in Africa

Strona Giovanni, Stringer Simon D., Vieilledent Ghislain, Szantoi Zoltan, Garcia-Ulloa John, Wich Serge. 2018. Small room for compromise between oil palm cultivation and primate conservation in Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America:201804775, 6 p.

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Abstract : Despite growing awareness about its detrimental effects on tropical biodiversity, land conversion to oil palm continues to increase rapidly as a consequence of global demand, profitability, and the income opportunity it offers to producing countries. Although most industrial oil palm plantations are located in Southeast Asia, it is argued that much of their future expansion will occur in Africa. We assessed how this could affect the continent's primates by combining information on oil palm suitability and current land use with primate distribution, diversity, and vulnerability. We also quantified the potential impact of large-scale oil palm cultivation on primates in terms of range loss under different expansion scenarios taking into account future demand, oil palm suitability, human accessibility, carbon stock, and primate vulnerability. We found a high overlap between areas of high oil palm suitability and areas of high conservation priority for primates. Overall, we found only a few small areas where oil palm could be cultivated in Africa with a low impact on primates (3.3 Mha, including all areas suitable for oil palm). These results warn that, consistent with the dramatic effects of palm oil cultivation on biodiversity in Southeast Asia, reconciling a large-scale development of oil palm in Africa with primate conservation will be a great challenge.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Elaeis, Primate, Biodiversité, Conservation de la nature, Plantation, Forêt, Gestion de l'environnement

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique au sud du Sahara, Madagascar

Mots-clés libres : Oil palm, Primates, Biodiversity, Biofuel, Vulnerability

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
F01 - Crop husbandry
K01 - Forestry - General aspects

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2014-2018) - Agriculture écologiquement intensive

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Strona Giovanni, European Commission Directorate General Joint Research Centre (ITA) - auteur correspondant
  • Stringer Simon D., Liverpool John Moores University (GBR)
  • Vieilledent Ghislain, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (ITA) ORCID: 0000-0002-1685-4997
  • Szantoi Zoltan, European Commission Directorate General Joint Research Centre (ITA)
  • Garcia-Ulloa John, ETH (CHE)
  • Wich Serge, Liverpool John Moores University (GBR)

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