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    Biodiversity in Africa and Latin America at risk from oil palm expansion, new report warns

    Ghana suvanna. Credit: Kate Parr, University of Liverpool

    Zero deforestation commitments may inadvertently leave vital habitats in Latin America and Africa vulnerable to agricultural expansion, a new study has found.

    The study highlights how sustainability commitments, which play an important role in preventing the destruction of tropical rainforest, fail to protect nature in tropical grassy and dry forest habitats such as the Llanos in Colombia, Beni savanna in northern Bolivia, and Guinean and Congolian savannas in West and Central Africa.

    The research team, led by the University of York, calculated that if oil palm producers cleared these habitats to make way for new plantations, a third of…

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