A Conversation with Lisa Curran
By E.O. Wilson
Tropical Resources Institute
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
April 13, 2006
Economic and political drivers of oil-palm expansion are associated with global demand for timber, edible oils, and biofuel. The effects of these land-use changes on carbon emissions, biodiversity, and forest-dependent livelihoods are assessed. Issues of land tenure, environmental justice, accountability, and transparency of governance are critical factors for evaluating private-sector behavior and long-term regional sustainability.