In the last three decades, global production of oil palm has boomed,
which has partly come at the expense of tropical rainforests.
Recognizing this, many companies operating in the palm oil industry
have committed to eliminate deforestation from their operations,
often referred to as zero-deforestation commitments (ZDCs).
The raster files show the spatial extent of areas estimated to be
unavailable for agricultural expansion at the level of 18 Agro-Ecological
Zones (AEZs) under a Business-as-Usual scenario, assuming no
implementation of ZDCs. The AEZs are disaggregated into 37 different
world regions that are based on Version 10 of the GTAP Data Base (see
Aguiar et al 2019). Alternative files showing the spatial extent of areas
estimated to be unavailable for agricultural expansion under a scenario
assuming full implementation of ZDCs are available on request from the
corresponding author (see below) and require the prior written permission
of International Union for Conservation of Nature (see here for more
Corresponding Author: Floris Leijten