Tropi research data able to counter negative perception of oil palm sector


Len Talif presents his keynote speech at AsiaFlux 2022.

KUCHING (September 21): Research by the Sarawak Tropical Peat Research Institute (Tropi) into the impact of oil palm cultivation on peatlands could help counter those who condemn the sector, said Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Urban Development Datu Len Talif Salleh.

According to him, the research is an initiative of the Sarawak government carried out through Tropi, led by its director Lulie Melling.

“This scientific research is not only conducted by our scientists in Sarawak and Malaysia, but also involves very credible experts from Japan, Korea and the UK.

“Tropi is long established and has published data that could be used to counter accusations by NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and individuals overseas about the use of peatlands to plant oil palms,” he told reporters during his meeting before presenting his keynote speech for AsiaFlux 2022 which was held in Tropi yesterday.

In his keynote address, “Environment and Environmental Sustainability to Mitigate Climate Change”, Len Talif described it as “one of the measures of the state government to overcome climate change”.

“I call on all Sarawakians and all relevant agencies to step up to help Tropi provide the data so that our efforts to grow the palm oil industry in Sarawak can be championed and not downgraded by those who have their own interests,” he said.

In his keynote address, the Sarawak government’s initiatives to mitigate climate change, including the establishment of the Ministry of Energy and Environmental Sustainability, review of relevant policies and ordinances, state environmental policy, as well as the “green economy policy”, have been described.


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