The United Nations has released a report calling for cooperation between the conservation community and palm oil developers in order to best protect apes and their environment. After studying the impact of palm oil development in Southeast Asia for two years, the report concludes that working together with palm oil developers is the most effective way to ensure that the same environmental degradation in Asia does not occur again as palm oil development spreads to Africa.

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is advocating a collaboration between the international conservation community and palm oil developers in order to create sustainable strategies that will save fragile ecosystems and the species that inhabit them, particularly apes.

The recommendation follows the release of a new report, Palm Oil Paradox: Sustainable Solutions to Save the Great Apes, the result of a two-year study of palm oil development in Southeast Asia. It includes steps required to ensure that the loss of biodiversity that occurred in that region is not repeated as the crop expands into Africa.

“Right now, all of the chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, and orangutans in the world are classified as endangered or critically endangered, so we need to find a way to work constructively with a commodity that can either hasten extinction or offer a way forward. Palm Oil Paradox makes it clear that finding common ground with palm oil developers makes sense,” he added.

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