News Feature, 20th August 2018

Extending Palm Oil Production in Africa Threatens Primate Conservation

By European Commission Joint Research Centre 

Future expansion of the palm oil industry could have a dramatic impact on African primates, according to the findings of a new study led by the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. The study has been published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).  Scientists found only a few small ‘areas of compromise’ in Africa with a high suitability for oil palm cultivation and a low potential impact on the primate species living there. These areas totalled 0.13 million hectares (Mha), which is less than 0.005 % of the total land mass of the African continent.

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