Indonesia is a prominent example of a conflict between vital forest cover and desirable land for palm oil cultivation, write Fred Stolle, Kemen Austin and Caity Peterson. An alternative that can benefit both, they argue, is using or reusing already cleared land that is unsuitable for certain uses but ripe for palm planting. "In all, up to 860,000 hectares of oil palm plantations could potentially be established on non-forested land," they write.

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