Zero-deforestation policies are reducing the loss of tropical rainforest to oil palm expansion, but spatial analyses indicate that this may cause unintended large-scale loss of biodiverse grasslands and dry forests unless protections are extended under certification agreements.
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Gilroy, J.J. Sustainable palm oil puts grasslands at risk. Nat Ecol Evol 7, 178–179 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-022-01913-w