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Research Library

Last updated: 22 July 2019

The RSPO Research Library consists of a list of publications, both RSPO-commissioned research and independently conducted research, on the outcome and impact of the RSPO in line with the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental and social.

Year of Publication
Sustainability Issue
Study Site
Research Topic and Objective (s) Research Type
2018 Prosperity India
China

Emerging markets and private governance: the political economy of sustainable palm oil in China and India

This research was done to examine the efforts of the RSPO to gain market uptake in China and India.

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Independent
2017 Planet Malaysia

An impact analysis of RSPO certification on Borneo forest cover and orangutan populations.

The research evaluates whether RSPO certification is beneficial to orangutans, at a macro level (throughout Borneo) and micro level through fine-scale analysis within well-renowned region for orang utan (Kinabatangan, Sabah).

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Independent
2017 Prosperity Papua New Guinea

Cost and benefit analysis of RSPO certification (Case study in PT BCA oil palm plantation in Papua).

The analysis was done to identify monetary benefit and cost with the existing operating scenario of the company, or if the company is registered as the RSPO member.

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Independent
2017 Planet Indonesia

Effect of oil palm sustainability certification on deforestation and fire in Indonesia.

Research done to determine the impact of RSPO certification on deforestation, peatland development and fire activity in Indonesia from 2001 to 2015.

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Independent
2017 Planet Malaysia
Indonesia

Managing fire risk during drought: The influence of certification and El Ninõ on fire-driven forest conversion for oil palm in Southeast Asia.

This research has three main objectives to determine the following: (i) the fraction of forest and peat forest conversion for oil palm that involves fire, (ii) if certification alters fire use for forest conversion or the frequency of management or accidental fires in plantation areas, and (ii) if certified plantations have fewer satellite fire detections compared to non-certified plantations and surrounding lands, during El Niño years.

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Independent
2017 Planet Malaysia

The impact of RSPO membership on avoiding biodiversity losses in oil palm landscapes. A science-for-policy brief by the SEnSOR programme.

This study investigates the impact of RSPO membership on avoiding biodiversity losses, by looking at the role of High Conservation Value areas (HCVs).

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Independent
2017 Policy and Regulations Netherlands

The impact of RSPO on Dutch palm oil policy and regulation.

This study analyses the impact of RSPO on Dutch palm oil policy and regulation, as well on ways to explain the determined impacts.

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Independent
2016 Planet -

Assessing the potential additionality of certification by the RTRS and RSPO.

Research examined the potential additionality of RTRS and RSPO in mitigating conversion of native vegetation in cropland.

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Independent
2016 Planet -

Assessment of the guidance and recommendations for soil erosion control set out within the RSPO P&C.

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Independent
2016 Prosperity Malaysia
Indonesia

Costs and benefits of RSPO certification for independent smallholders: A science-for-policy paper for the RSPO.

Study done to assess the monetary costs and benefits of smallholder RSPO certification.

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Independent