Plan to reclassify oil palm as forest crop in Indonesia draws flak

Critics cite possible ecological change, loss of recognition for nation in deforestation fight

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A leading agricultural university in Indonesia, the world's top palm oil producer, is working on a controversial proposal to reclassify oil palms as a forest crop.

This could lead to existing plantations being counted as forest and the establishment of new ones considered reforestation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2022, with the headline Plan to reclassify oil palm as forest crop in Indonesia draws flak. Subscribe