As the palm oil industry extends to Africa, it is likely that the habitat of endangered monkeys are affected, say researchers. Palm oil now comes mainly from Asia, but producers look for opportunities in Africa.
Tropical forests that are suitable for the production of palm oil, are important habitats for monkeys. Although the oil palm is a native species in West Africa, the majority of palm oil currently from Indonesia and Malaysia. There goes the production, inter alia, by deforestation, at the expense of the environment. The habitat of the orangutan in Borneo, for instance, is seriously affected by it.
In Africa life is about two hundred kinds of monkeys, of which there is already much endangered. As the palm oil industry spreads to Africa, it should be avoided that are just as harmful as in Asia, say the researchers.
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Chance of poaching rises
“The palm oil industry does not disappear, but is expanding. Instead of the consequences of ignoring it, can conservationists to better engage in dialogue with the industry to try to exert an influence on practice’, in the report.
Apart from the loss of habitat for the monkeys, the poaching also increase by the damage to forests. In addition, there is a risk that monkeys are frequently killed by farmers because the animals from loss of habitat from feeding on crops in the area.
The study of various European universities and the Stellenbosch University in South Africa, is published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.