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Research Library

Last updated: 29 March 2022

The RSPO Research Library consists of a list of publications, both RSPO-commissioned research and independently conducted research, on the outcome and impact of the RSPO in line with the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental and social.

Year of Publication
Sustainability Issue
Study Site
Research Topic and Objective (s) Research Type
2017 Environmental Malaysia

The impact of RSPO membership on avoiding biodiversity losses in oil palm landscapes. A science-for-policy brief by the SEnSOR programme.

This study investigates the impact of RSPO membership on avoiding biodiversity losses, by looking at the role of High Conservation Value areas (HCVs).

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Independent
2017 Policy and Regulations Netherlands

The impact of RSPO on Dutch palm oil policy and regulation.

This study analyses the impact of RSPO on Dutch palm oil policy and regulation, as well on ways to explain the determined impacts.

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Independent
2016 Environmental -

Assessing the potential additionality of certification by the RTRS and RSPO.

Research examined the potential additionality of RTRS and RSPO in mitigating conversion of native vegetation in cropland.

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Independent
2016 Environmental -

Assessment of the guidance and recommendations for soil erosion control set out within the RSPO P&C.

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Independent
2016 Economic Malaysia
Indonesia

Costs and benefits of RSPO certification for independent smallholders: A science-for-policy paper for the RSPO.

Study done to assess the monetary costs and benefits of smallholder RSPO certification.

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Independent
2016 Environmental Indonesia

Effectiveness of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for reducing fires on oil palm concessions in Indonesia from 2012 to 2015.

The study aimed at comparing the density of fire detections, fire ignitions, or ‘escaped’ fires between certified and non-certified concessions, and if the pattern changed with increasing likelihood of fires in concessions located on peatland and in dry years.

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Independent
2016 Economic Indonesia

On the profitability of sustainability certification: An analysis among Indonesian palm oil smallholders.

This research was conducted to determine the extent and ways in which RSPO certification is profitable for Indonesian palm oil smallholders. It also included an analysis on profitability if smallholders had to pay certification costs by themselves, and the premium fee required in making certification profitable for smallholders.

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Independent
2016 Environmental
Economic
Indonesia

Sustainability standards and sustainable development – synergies and trade-offs of transnational governance.

This study, from the University of Bonn in Germany, analyses the major expected benefits that smallholder certification generates and the extent in which there are trade-offs between economic and environmental sustainability.

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Independent
2015 Economic Papua New Guinea
Malaysia
Indonesia

Correlating economic and financial viability with sustainability for palm oil plantations.

This research, commissioned by RSPO, was done to identify and quantify the key economic and operational indicators that will demonstrate relative profitability of RSPO-certified plantations.

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RSPO Commissioned
2015 Environmental Malaysia

Promoting landscape heterogeneity to improve the biodiversity benefits of certified palm oil production: Evidence from Peninsular Malaysia.

This study was done to determine if RSPO-certified plantations are more biodiversity-friendly compared to non-certified planted areas (including large scale plantations and smallholdings).

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Independent