Estimation of the impact of oil palm plantation establishment on greenhouse gas balance

  title={Estimation of the impact of oil palm plantation establishment on greenhouse gas balance},
  author={J. Germer and J. Sauerborn},
  journal={Environment, Development and Sustainability},
Estimates of emissions indicate that if tropical grassland is rehabilitated by oil palm plantations, carbon fixation in plantation biomass and soil organic matter not only neutralises emissions caused by grassland conversion, but also results in the net removal of about 135 Mg carbon dioxide per hectare from the atmosphere. In contrast, the emission from forest conversion clearly exceeds the potential carbon fixation of oil palm plantings. Forest conversion on mineral soils to promote continued… Expand
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