Conversion of mangrove forests to land for commodity crops has played a significant role in the deforestation of Southeast Asia.
Marketed as a healthier oil due to its apparent stability and lower oil absorption rates, Afdhal palm oil may not stand up to the scrutiny of critics.
A high-level panel at the World Economic Forum on East Asia discussed a trifecta of changes in policy, technology and education that are needed to help renewable energy take flight in the region.
Planned biofuel subsidies are expected to expand palm oil plantations in Indonesia, to the detriment of the country's forests.
Satellite images show that Indonesia has lost six million hectares of primary forest from 2000-2012, due in part to expanding oil palm plantations.