Central Kalimantan Roadmap to Low-Deforestation Rural Development

Developing a sustainable plan which increases production and reduces poverty.

Authors

Dr. Silvia Irawan, Alue Dohong, Eric Armijo, and Dan Nepstad

Abstract

Central Kalimantan has a vigorous, productive palm oil sector that contributes 28% of the province’s GDRP, generates 165,600 jobs, and that pro- vides incomes to many smallholder families. Palm oil production is often associated with deforestation, which could become an important barrier to access- ing palm oil markets, while diminishing the long-term well-being of Central Kalimantan society. Deforestation could be reduced or ended by increasing the productivity of existing palm oil plantations and by redirecting expansion of palm oil plantations onto lands that are already cleared and far below their productive potential. To achieve this transition, important obstacles must be overcome. This roadmap, developed with input and support from several Districts, palm oil companies, and civil society organizations, summarizes a plan for reducing deforestation while increasing palm oil production and elevating rural incomes of smallholder families.

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