Saving Sumatra's species: Combining economics and ecology to define an efficient and self-sustaining program for inducing conservation within oil palm plantations

Ian Bateman, Emma Coombes, Brendan Fisher, Emily Fitzherbert, D Glew, R Naidoo

Research output: Working paper

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The paper presents results from a four year study of the economic and ecological potential for implementation of conservation schemes within the rapidly expanding palm oil plantations of South East Asia. Unparalleled access to financial records combined with a highly intensive ecological data gathering exercise allows us to develop spatially explicit cost effectiveness models for optimising conservation efforts. This is integrated with a further study of the price premium potential of conservation-grade palm oil to yield insights into the optimal design of schemes for delivering biodiversity within existing plantations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameWorking Paper - Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment
PublisherCentre for Soc. Econ. Res. on the Global Environment
ISSN (Print)0967-8875

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