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FCL Lunch Talk: Palm oil sustainability and ‘big data’ indicators

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FCL Lunch Talk: Palm oil sustainability and ‘big data’ indicators

Yu-Leng will present her recent work on sub-regional or landscape-level data that feeds into “No-deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation” and UN Sustainable Development Goal indicators. She will be presenting: a) her efforts on using satellite imagery to assess historical land-use of palm oil plantation areas in critical areas of Malaysia and Indonesia; and b) her work on assessing and quantifying labour and other socio-economic issues. This work develops a more nuanced and fair understanding of the different variables and contexts that impact indicators. Notably, her findings help to demystify data on “tree cover loss” that confuses the public about deforestation in long-in-production zones. For instance, her case study of Johor, Malaysia finds 99% of areas to be in-use by 1985, beating popular sustainability schemes by 20-30 years. She reviews human development indices across Indonesia and within Riau, and for FELDA and selected rural Malaysia areas for livelihood measured across decades.

Speaker: Yu-Leng Khor

https://www.khor-reports.com/

Yu-Leng KHOR is a commercial economist based in Southeast Asia. She incorporates big data, geospatial analytics and social listening, plus deep-dive market intelligence and risk analysis in her work across multi-sectors. In the commodity space she works on sustainable supply-chains (palm, wood, sweeteners, biomass-renewables etc.) and markets. She was a lead economist on the 2017 palm oil study for the EU Commission. Yu Leng is Research Associate at the Institute of China Studies, University Malaya and was Visiting Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in 2013. She has published on smallholder socio-economics, rural voting behaviour, China and regional development.

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