Palm Oil on Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast
29th June 2012
Forests are the richest ecosystems of all. They provide a home to two thirds of all known species of terrestrial plants and animals while covering only eight percent of the planet. Forests also help regulate climate and weather patterns.
Despite their richness, forests are being destroyed at an unprecedented rate. Every two seconds an area the size of a football pitch is cut down. Forests also provide direct services that one billion of the world’s poorest people rely one.
In the past 40 years, thousands of hectares of high conservation value tropical forests have been converted to oil palm plantations. These tropical forests are often carelessly burned to make way for palm oil plantations causing massive deforestation.
This deforestation leads to a number of social and environmental problems, including the killing of endangered species, uprooting of local communities, and contributing to greenhouse gases.
In Nicaragua, the production of palm oil is expanding and thus threatening forests in the country’s Caribbean coastal region – not far from EcoPlanet Bamboo’s sustainable bamboo plantations. In order to prepare the land for planting palm oil, the forests are being burned, even without removing the timber. The negative effects of palm oil plantations such as critical biodiversity loss, deforestation, and water pollution due to poor wastewater management and the use of toxic agrochemicals are being felt in the region.
Bamboo offers an ecofriendly land-use alternative to palm oil plantations as it reduces carbon dioxide and increases the production of oxygen as much as 30% more than hardwood forests.
Furthermore, using socially and environmentally responsible policies, EcoPlanet Bamboo’s Guadua Bamboo plantations use organic fertilizes, operate in areas where the land underwent severe deforestation more than a decade ago, and create direct and indirect employment for local communities.< Back to news < Download article