A WRI AND NEWPAGE PARTNERSHIP
Project POTICO (Palm Oil, Timber, Carbon Offsets) is a revolutionary new approach to ecosystem management in Indonesia that is designed to improve sustainability in a region known for its high deforestation rate.
POTICO’s goal is to prevent deforestation by diverting planned oil palm plantations away from forests and on to already degraded areas. This strategy would ensure that oil palm can expand to meet demand, generating local revenues and jobs, while halting the destruction of forests. POTICO aims to demonstrate that it is economically viable for this alternative approach to establishing new plantations by developing a combination of different revenue streams. This model will circumvent the perverse economic incentive to clear virgin forests when establishing oil palm plantations.