Improving the management & protection of biodiversity & natural ecosystems is not only a necessity under current policies and certification schemes, but it is also a sure way to improve yields and benefits in an oil palm context.
Indeed, retaining natural forest has a positive outcome on local weather conditions, soil health, water quality and myriads of species that could survive and adjust to agricultural conditions.
However, assessing and monitoring biodiversity is a very delicate and difficult endeavour that need to be addressed by planters more acutely since 2018.
Recent technologies allow for involving more people in this type of activities, while embracing a "citizen science" approach that could be a way to make progress on this front.
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