02 December 2016
Café Landtmann, Universitätsring 4, 1010 Vienna

Sustainable palm oil expert panel & press conference

Palm oil is widely used in many products of daily life, such as biscuits, cosmetics and margarine. Why is it used so often? Why could this be a problem? An IIASA scientist will participate in an experts’ panel to provide information on the role of palm oil as a globally traded agricultural commodity, grown in a handful of countries.

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A press conference to launch a report on the palm oil supply chain in producer and consumer countries will be convened by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) GLOBAL 2000 and Südwind, with Johannes Pirker attending and representing IIASA.

Of particular relevance to this press conference will be the study conducted by IIASA on whether palm oil can be sustainable, which Johannes Pirker participated in. The press conference seeks to explain why palm oil is used so often and why it can be problematic. Experts from the NGOs participating in the panel will explain the results of their research trip to Indonesia and the findings that have been compiled into a report.

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Johannes Pirker

Guest Research Scholar

Ecosystems Services and Management


Soterroni A, Ramos FM, Mosnier A, Fargione J, Andrade PR, Baumgarten L, Pirker J, Obersteiner M , et al. (2019). Expanding the Soy Moratorium to Brazil’s Cerrado. Science Advances 5 (7): eaav7336. DOI:10.1126/sciadv.aav7336.

Rode J, Pinzon A, Stabile MCC, Pirker J, Bauch S, Iribarrem A, Sammon P, Llerena CA, et al. (2019). Why ‘blended finance’ could help transitions to sustainable landscapes: Lessons from the Unlocking Forest Finance project. Ecosystem Services 37: e100917. DOI:10.1016/j.ecoser.2019.100917.

Pirker J, Mosnier A, Nana T, Dees M, Momo A, Muys B, & Kraxner F (2019). Determining a Carbon Reference Level for a High-Forest-Low-Deforestation Country. Forests 10 (12): e1095. DOI:10.3390/f10121095.


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