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Oil Palm Adaptive Landscapes

English title Oil Palm Adaptive Landscapes
Applicant Ghazoul Jaboury
Number 177587
Funding scheme r4d (Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development)
Research institution Ecosystem Management Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems ETH Zürich
Institution of higher education ETH Zurich - ETHZ
Main discipline Environmental Research
Start/End 01.03.2018 - 31.05.2021
Approved amount 1'487'313.00
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All Disciplines (4)

Discipline
Environmental Research
Other disciplines of Environmental Sciences
Hydrology, Limnology, Glaciology
Sociology

Keywords (5)

Oil Palm; Coupled Social and Environmental Models; Participatory Modelling; Landscape; Impact pathways

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
OPAL erarbeitet alternative Szenarien der Erweiterung von Ölpalmenplantagen und bildet die Grundlage der Entscheidungsfindung für Strategien und Landnutzungsentwicklung in Indonesien, Kolumbien und Kamerun. Die Szenarien werden mit der lokalen Gesellschaft und Palmölunternehmern entwickelt unter Berücksichtigung der sozialen, ökonomischen und ökologischen Treiber. Die Ergebnisse werden gewertet bezüglich der Kompromisse zwischen Biodiversität, der Wasserhaushalt- und Kohlenstoffbindungs- Ökosystemdienstleistung sowie der Sicherung der lokalen Existenzgrundlage.
Lay summary

Die Erweiterung der Anbaufläche von Ölpalmen ist einer der Hauptgründe der Landnutzungsänderung und des Verlusts der Wälder in den Tropen. Dieser Ausbau bietet erhebliche monetäre Gewinne für die Erzeugerländer, Unternehmer und Kleinbauern, birgt jedoch negative Auswirkungen innerhalb und außerhalb der Landschaften, in denen Ölpalmen angebaut werden. Interessensgruppen und Entscheidungsträger müssen "grüne" Entwicklungspfade entwickeln und anwenden um die Balance zwischen Entwicklungs- und Naturschutzziele in einem Umfeld mit tiefgreifenden Unsicherheiten zu gewährleisten. Ein besseres Verständnis der sozioökonomischen und ökologischen Prozesse, die die Umwelt beeinflussen, sowie deren Rückkoppelung mit der Gesellschaft ist wegweisend für eine nachhaltige und integrale Strategie.

Mit unserer Forschung wollen wir in Zusammenarbeit mit Interessensgruppen und Akteuren das Management der Anbaugebiete von  Ölpalmen in Asien, Afrika und Lateinamerika mit plausiblen Entwicklungsszenarien auf verschiedenen Skalen verbessern. Diese Szenarien basieren auf  einem ganzheitlichen Ansatz, der soziale, wirtschaftliche und ökologische Treiber, die den Ölpalmenanbau beeinflussen, kombiniert. Die Ergebnisse der verschiedenen Szenarien werden bezüglich der Kompromisse zwischen der Biodiversität, der Wasserhaushalts- und Kohlenstoffbindungs-Ökosystemdienstleistung sowie der Sicherung der lokalen Existenzgrundlage gewertet.

Unser Konsortium wird von der ETH Zürich geleitet und umfasst internationale Institutionen und lokale Partner in Indonesien, Kamerun und Kolumbien. Darunter sind Vertreter der Palmölfirmen und der lokalen Bevölkerung aller drei Länder. Unser Wissen und der interdisziplinäre Charakter unseres Konsortiums ermöglicht dieses langfristige vergleichende Projekt, das den regionalen Kontext mitberücksichtigt. Unsere Resultate werden relevant sein für die Produzenten und politischen Entscheidungsträger der Produktionsländer sowie für die Konsumenten der Schweiz und weltweit.

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Lay Summary (English)

Lead
OPAL seeks to explore alternative scenarios for oil palm expansion to inform policy and land use development in Indonesia, Colombia and Cameroon. These scenarios, developed with local communities and oil palm companies, will merge the social, economic, and ecological drivers of oil palm development. We will assess the outcomes of different scenarios with respect to trade-offs among biodiversity, hydrological and carbon sequestration ecosystem services, and local livelihoods.
Lay summary

The expansion of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) is one of the main drivers of land use change and deforestation in the tropics. This expansion provides significant economic earnings for producer countries, corporations and smallholders, but at the cost of negative externalities within and beyond the landscapes in which oil palm is grown. Stakeholders and decision makers need to devise and adopt ‘green’ development trajectories that balance development and conservation goals in an environment with pervasive uncertainties. A better understanding of the socio-economic and ecological processes that shape environmental outcomes, and of the feedbacks that such outcomes impose on society, will help chart a path towards more sustainable and inclusive futures.

We propose to improve the management of oil palm landscapes across tropical Asia, Africa and Latin America by engaging stakeholders and agents of change with plausible oil palm development scenarios at multiple scales. These scenarios will be developed through an integrated platform that merges the social, economic, and ecological drivers that shape oil palm development. Using such a platform we will assess the outcomes of different scenarios with respect to trade-offs among biodiversity, hydrological and carbon sequestration ecosystem services, and local livelihoods.

Our consortium is led by ETH Zurich and includes international institutions (CIFOR, ICRAF, WWF etc.) and many local partners in Indonesia, Cameroon and Colombia, including representatives of oil palm companies and community interests in all three countries. We draw on the expertise and interdisciplinary nature of our consortium to undertake a long-term comparative project that spans regional contexts. Our outputs will be relevant to producers and policy makers in the target producer countries, and to consumers in Switzerland and Europe more generally.

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Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
The Sustainability of Independent Palm Oil Smallholders in Multi-Tier Supply Chains in East Kalimantan Indonesia
Nashr Fakhrizal, Putri Eka Intan Kumala, Dharmawan Arya Hadi, Fauzi Akhmad (2021), The Sustainability of Independent Palm Oil Smallholders in Multi-Tier Supply Chains in East Kalimantan Indonesia, in International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, 16(4), 771-781.
Environmental Impacts of the Oil Palm Cultivation in Cameroon
Mesmin Tchindjang, Miaro III Ludovic, Mboringong Fideline, Etoga Gilles, Voundi Eric, Pierre Jonathan Ngom Emmanuel (2021), Environmental Impacts of the Oil Palm Cultivation in Cameroon, IntechOpen, London, N/A.
Entre production nationale et importation, les enjeux du déficit de la production de l’huile de palme au Cameroun
Miaro IIIL., MboringongF., NgomE., VoundiE., HallesonD., EtogaG., TchindjiangM. (2021), Entre production nationale et importation, les enjeux du déficit de la production de l’huile de palme au Cameroun, in Revue Scientifique et Technique Forêt et Environnement du Bassin du Congo, 16, 62-73.
The Agrarian, Structural and Cultural Constraints of Smallholders’ Readiness for Sustainability Standards Implementation: The Case of Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil in East Kalimantan
Dharmawan Arya Hadi, MardiyaningsihDyah Ita, RahmadianFaris, YulianBayu Eka, KomarudinHeru, PachecoPablo, GhazoulJaboury, Amalia Rizka (2021), The Agrarian, Structural and Cultural Constraints of Smallholders’ Readiness for Sustainability Standards Implementation: The Case of Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil in East Kalimantan, in Sustainability, 13(5), 2611.
The environmental impacts of palm oil in context
Meijaard Erik, Brooks Thomas M., Carlson Kimberly M., Slade Eleanor M., Garcia-Ulloa John, Gaveau David L. A., Lee Janice Ser Huay, Santika Truly, Juffe-Bignoli Diego, Struebig Matthew J., Wich Serge A., Ancrenaz Marc, Koh Lian Pin, Zamira Nadine, Abrams Jesse F., Prins Herbert H. T., Sendashonga Cyriaque N., Murdiyarso Daniel, Furumo Paul R., Macfarlane Nicholas, Hoffmann Rachel, Persio Marcos, Descals Adrià, Szantoi Zoltan, et al. (2020), The environmental impacts of palm oil in context, in Nature Plants, 6(12), 1418-1426.
Bioenergy Policy: The Biodiesel Sustainability Dilemma in Indonesia
Dharmawan Arya, Fauzi Akhmad, Putri Eka, Pacheco Pablo, Dermawan Ahmad, Nuva Nuva, Amalia Rizka, Sudaryanti Diyane (2020), Bioenergy Policy: The Biodiesel Sustainability Dilemma in Indonesia, in International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, 15(4), 537-546.
Impacts of Four Decades of Forest Loss on Vertebrate Functional Habitat on Borneo
Ocampo-Peñuela Natalia, Garcia-Ulloa John, Kornecki Itto, Philipson Christopher D., Ghazoul Jaboury (2020), Impacts of Four Decades of Forest Loss on Vertebrate Functional Habitat on Borneo, in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 3, 53.
Silent Expansion of Oil Palm Plantation: The Tragedy of Access Between Bundle of Right and Power
Yulian Bayu Eka, Dharmawan Arya, Soetarto Endriatmo, Pacheco Pablo (2020), Silent Expansion of Oil Palm Plantation: The Tragedy of Access Between Bundle of Right and Power, in Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, 71.
Carbon neutral expansion of oil palm plantations in the Neotropics
Quezada Juan Carlos, Etter Andres, Ghazoul Jaboury, Buttler Alexandre, Guillaume Thomas (2019), Carbon neutral expansion of oil palm plantations in the Neotropics, in Science Advances, 5(11), eaaw4418-eaaw4418.
Drivers of soil carbon stabilization in oil palm plantations
Rüegg Johanna, Quezada Juan Carlos, Santonja Mathieu, Ghazoul Jaboury, Kuzyakov Yakov, Buttler Alexandre, Guillaume Thomas (2019), Drivers of soil carbon stabilization in oil palm plantations, in Land Degradation & Development, 30(16), 1904-1915.
Perubahan Tutupan Lahan Akibat Ekspansi Perkebunan Kelapa Sawit: Dampak Sosial, Ekonomi dan Ekologi
Amalia Rizka, Dharmawan Arya Hadi, Prasetyo Lilik Budi, Pacheco Pablo (2019), Perubahan Tutupan Lahan Akibat Ekspansi Perkebunan Kelapa Sawit: Dampak Sosial, Ekonomi dan Ekologi, in Jurnal Ilmu Lingkungan, 17(1), 130-130.
Using role-playing to explore strategies for improving palm oil production and sustainability in Cameroon
KamtoMicresse, Halleson Durrel, NgomEmmanuel, Fauvelle Eglantine, SalihovicAlen, GarciaClaude (2019), Using role-playing to explore strategies for improving palm oil production and sustainability in Cameroon, in ETFRN News, 59, 139-146.
Carbon costs and benefits of Indonesian rainforest conversion to plantations
Guillaume Thomas, Kotowska Martyna M., Hertel Dietrich, Knohl Alexander, Krashevska Valentyna, Murtilaksono Kukuh, Scheu Stefan, Kuzyakov Yakov (2018), Carbon costs and benefits of Indonesian rainforest conversion to plantations, in Nature Communications, 9(1), 2388-2388.
Quantifying impacts of oil palm expansion on Colombia's threatened biodiversity
Ocampo-Peñuela Natalia, Garcia-Ulloa John, Ghazoul Jaboury, Etter Andres (2018), Quantifying impacts of oil palm expansion on Colombia's threatened biodiversity, in Biological Conservation, 224, 117-121.
Dry-Season Greening and Water Stress in Amazonia: The Role of Modeling Leaf Phenology
Manoli Gabriele, Ivanov Valeriy Y., Fatichi Simone (2018), Dry-Season Greening and Water Stress in Amazonia: The Role of Modeling Leaf Phenology, in Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 123(6), 1909-1926.
Ecohydrological changes after tropical forest conversion to oil palm
Manoli Gabriele, Meijide Ana, Huth Neil, Knohl Alexander, Kosugi Yoshiko, Burlando Paolo, Ghazoul Jaboury, Fatichi Simone (2018), Ecohydrological changes after tropical forest conversion to oil palm, in Environmental Research Letters, 13(6), 064035-064035.

Datasets

Data collection for the article "Dynamics of Rural Economy: A Socio-Economic Understanding of Oil Palm Expansion and Landscape Changes in East Kalimantan, Indonesia"

Author Dharmawan, Arya Hadi; Mardiyaningsih , Dyah
Publication date 12.07.2020
Persistent Identifier (PID) 10.3929/ethz-b-000468902
Repository ETH Research Collection


Model code for the article "Ecohydrological changes after tropical forest conversion to oil palm"

Author Manoli, Gabriele
Publication date 12.07.2018
Persistent Identifier (PID) 10.3929/ethz-b-000463442
Repository ETH Research Collection


Dataset for the Article "Carbon neutral expansion of oil palm plantations in the Neotropics"

Author Quezada, Juan C.
Publication date 12.07.2021
Persistent Identifier (PID) 10.3929/ethz-b-000481566
Repository ETH Research Collection


Dataset for the Article "Drivers of soil carbon stabilization in oil palm plantations"

Author Rüegg, Johanna; Quezada, Juan Carlos; Guillaume, Thomas
Publication date 12.07.2019
Persistent Identifier (PID) 10.3929/ethz-b-000466644
Repository ETH Research Collection


Model code for the article "Dry‐season greening and water stress in Amazonia: The role of modeling leaf phenology"

Author Manoli, Gabriele
Publication date 12.07.2018
Persistent Identifier (PID) 10.3929/ethz-b-000463390
Repository ETH Research Collection


Beyond oil palm development: perceptions and land-use decisions of local communities

Author Hasanah, Nur
Publication date 12.07.2019
Persistent Identifier (PID) 10.3929/ethz-b-000429332
Repository ETH Research Collection
Abstract
The dataset is in the annexes of the Doctoral Thesis which is uploaded on the above link.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Indonesia (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Forest Management and Development (ForDev) - ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
WWF Central Africa Regional Programme Office Cameroon (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Studies (CARDS), Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) Indonesia (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
NES Naturaleza Colombia (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Luc Hoffmann Institute, WWF Switzerland Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Laboratory of Ecological Systems (ECOS), EPFL and WSL Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Applied Ecology and Conservation (AEC) Australia (Oceania)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
Hydrology and Water Resources Management (IfU Hydrology) - ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Institute of Climate smart agriculture, Thünen Institute Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Exchange of personnel
Union des Exploitant de Palmier a Huile du Cameroun (UNEXPALM) Cameroon (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Hacienda La Cabaña, palm oil industry Colombia (South America)
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Agropecuaria Santa Maria, oil palm mill Colombia (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
WWF Cameroon Cameroon (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
WWF Colombia Colombia (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
University of Javariana Colombia (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
Wageningen University and Research (WUR) Indonesia (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Webinar at the National Academy of Sciences Individual talk Presentation of the OPAL project 30.11.2020 Online, United States of America Ghazoul Jaboury;
Food security and climate change: 4 per 1000 initiative new tangible global challenges for the soil (Thomas Guillaume) Talk given at a conference Factors controlling SOC stabilization in oil palm plantations 19.06.2019 Poitiers, France Barry David Andrew; Quezada Rivera Juan Carlos;
European Geosciences Union Annual Meeting 2019 Talk given at a conference Disentangling the effect of soil C input and mineralization altered by management on SOC stabilization in oil palm plantations (Thomas Guillaume) 11.04.2019 Vienna, Austria Quezada Rivera Juan Carlos; Barry David Andrew;
21st World Congress of soil science Poster Long-term dynamics of ecosystem carbon pools in oil palm plantations following pasture conversion 14.08.2018 Rio, Brazil Quezada Rivera Juan Carlos;
LANDac Annual International Conference 2018 Talk given at a conference Oil Palm Expansion: Livelihood Dilemma of The Rural Household in East Kalimantan 28.06.2018 Utrecht, Netherlands Dharmawan Arya Hadi;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
PhD public Defense Juan Carlos Quezada - Alternative Scenarios for the Development of Oil Palm in the Tropics: Carbon and Nutrients Dynamics 09.12.2020 Lausanne, Switzerland
PhD examination: The Response of Oil Palm Plantation Governance in the Socio-Ecological System changes (Case Study East Kalimantan Province) 06.08.2020 Bogor, Indonesia
Presentation of master thesis: Exploring the effect of role-playing games in ecosystem management: Capturing mental models of players using mind maps 24.06.2020 Zurich, Switzerland
PhD Defense Nur Hasanah - Oil Palm beyond perceptions 10.12.2019 ETH Zurich, Switzerland
PhD Defense: Expansion of Oil Palm Plantations: Changes in the Agrarian Structure, and Rural Household Livelihood Systems (Bayu Eka Yulian) 25.06.2019 Bogor, Indonesia
Oil Palm Plantation Governance: Changes in Land Cover, Social and Economic Impacts by PhD student Rizka Amalia 14.01.2019 Bogor, Indonesia
OPAL and participatory approaches towards sustainable palm oil 17.12.2018 Bogor, Indonesia
Master Thesis defense: Assessing the Legal; Institutional and Policy Framework for Mainstreaming Sustainability in the Palm Oil Sector in Cameroon 17.11.2018 Yaounde, Cameroon
Silent Expansion and Livelihood Dilemma of Rural Households Around Oil Palm Plantation 20.09.2018 Bogor, Indonesia

Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Workshop with government officials and RSPO/ISPO on sustainability and the complexity of certification Workshop 21.03.2020 East Kalimantan, Indonesia Dharmawan Arya Hadi; Brady Michael;
Formulation of a draft governor regulation of East Kalimantan regarding the management of high conservation value areas in plantations Workshop 05.12.2019 Samarinda, Indonesia Dharmawan Arya Hadi;
32. Europäisches Planspielforum Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 27.06.2019 Stuttgart, Germany Hangartner Ariane;
32. Europäisches Planspielforum Workshop 27.06.2019 Stuttgard, Germany Hangartner Ariane;
Panel discussion on Turning sustainability commitments into actions: Indonesia’s oil palm sector takes steps towards zero-deforestation Talk 19.06.2019 Incheon, South Korea, Switzerland Brady Michael;
Asia Pacific Forestry Week 2019 Workshop 19.06.2019 Incheon, Korean Republic (South Korea) Brady Michael;
Game session during Sustainable Landscape Forum (Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari) Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 17.05.2019 Siak, Riau Province, Indonesia Dharmawan Arya Hadi;
Demonstration of OPAL game with GIZ's Forum on sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP) Workshop 14.05.2019 Berlin, Germany Garcia Ulloa John; Hangartner Ariane;
Jeux et Enjeux Conference Talk 13.05.2019 Marseilles, France Garcia Claude; Giger Dray Anne;
Game session during Sustainable Landscape Forum (Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari) Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 02.05.2019 Sintang, West Kalimantan Province, Indonesia Dharmawan Arya Hadi;
OPAL contribution to SDGs Workshop 01.05.2019 Sintang district, West Kalimantan and Siak district, Riau, Indonesia, Indonesia Dharmawan Arya Hadi;
Our models presented at the German Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 01.05.2019 Berlin, Germany Garcia Ulloa John;
Workshop on strengthening governance of oil palm in East Kalimantan Workshop 27.02.2019 Samarinda, East Kalimantan, Indonesia Dharmawan Arya Hadi;
Sharing experiences of an innovative game (companion modelling) Talk 05.11.2018 Bogor, Indonesia Brady Michael; Dharmawan Arya Hadi;
Palm Oil Latinamerican conference Workshop 01.09.2018 Cartagena, Colombia Rueda Alejandra;
RSPO Latam Conference Workshop 01.06.2018 Bogota, Colombia Rueda Alejandra;
Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit 2018 (Heru Komaruding, Dyah Ita Mardiyaninhsih, Rizka Amalia, Faris Rahmadian) Poster 23.04.2018 Yogyakarta, Indonesia Dharmawan Arya Hadi;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Training on Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) standard and plantation legality for smallholders 27.05.2021 Kota Bangun and Sebulu subdistrict, Kutai Kartanegara district, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Training in the management and monitoring of high conservation value (HCV) areas across palm oil plantation concessions in Kutai Kartanegara districts 24.05.2021 Samarinda, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Training to improve skills and knowldge among oil palm farmers of good agricultural practice, replanting and crop productivity 20.05.2021 Kota Bangun and Kembang Janggut subdistrict, Kutai Kartanegara district, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Discussion with Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia Discussion on land use change, protection of natural forest, and oil palm expansion. With Vice Minister of Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia 04.02.2021 Jakarta, Indonesia
Focus Group Discussion with multi-stakeholders with focus on: (1) Revisiting issues of Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and palm oil production at the local level; (2) Land overlaps and STDB (legality) from the perspectives of smallholders 01.10.2020 East Kalimantan (Virtual meeting), Indonesia
Expert meeting with palm oil companies and palm oil association discussion on the potential and challanges and the future of Indonesia's palm oil industries 23.06.2020 Jakarta, Indonesia
Workshop on sustainable palm oil for smallholders 11.03.2020 East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Discussion with Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia on strategies to face deadlock negotiations between Indonesia and the EU, EU's Renewable Energy Directive and Indonesia's oil palm market. With Vice Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs 28.02.2020 Jakarta, Indonesia
Discussion with the Indonesian National Resilience Institute (LEMHANAS) on Indonesia's readiness with biodiesel. With the Deputy for Strategic Studies of LEMHANAS 24.01.2020 Jakarta, Indonesia
Discussion with the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of Indonesia on oil palm acceptability in the EU and ISPO certification. With the Deputy for Food and Agriculture Coordination, and the Assistant Deputy for Plantation Agribusiness Development 09.01.2020 Jakarta, Indonesia
Game session and presentation of methodolody with Earthworm, Nyon 29.10.2019 Nyon, Switzerland
The Future of Oil Palm, ETH Zurich 23.04.2019 Zurich, Switzerland
Workshop on development of low carbon oil palm development in East Kalimantan 09.04.2019 Samarinda, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
OPAL consortium annual project workshop 11.03.2019 Douala, Cameroon
Game session: understanding challenges and potential of ISPO certification for smallholders (Bayu Eka Yulian, Heru Komarudin) 28.02.2019 Samarinda, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Establishment of a stakeholder forum for East Kalimantan sustainable plantations 26.02.2019 Samarinda, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Workshop: Bioenergy Development, Political Economy, and Palm Oil Based Biodiesel Sustainability 13.09.2018 Bogor, Indonesia
Training/Game session with journalist in Cameroon 12.09.2018 Yaounde, Cameroon
Game session in Palembang, Indonesia (Heru Komarudin, Bayu Eka Yulian) 24.07.2018 Palembang, Indonesia
Second game session in Hacienda la Cabaña (Alejandra Rueda, NES Naturaleza) 01.07.2018 Bogota, Colombia

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Video/Film A game to change International 2021
Talks/events/exhibitions After the Referendum on Oil Palm Issue within Free Trade Agreement btw EFTA Countries and Indonesia International 2021
Media relations: radio, television En 20ans la production d'huile de palme a plus que triplé TSR - Toutes taxes comprises Western Switzerland 2021
Talks/events/exhibitions Indonesia Webinar 3: Assessing oil palm research quality and accuracy International 2021
Talks/events/exhibitions Indonesia Webinar 4: Palm Oil Beyond Controversy International 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Navigating conflicts in La Cuenca Forest News International 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Not clear cut: Scientists and journalists pursue a nuanced perspective on palm oil International 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) On the road to sustainable palm oil production in Cameroon: A participatory role-playing game Forest News International 2021
Media relations: print media, online media Palmöl ist Fluch und Segen zugleich Tages-Anzeiger German-speaking Switzerland 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Podcast telling audience about the role-playing game COmMoDO Forest News International 2021
Video/Film Project achievements in Cameroon International 2021
Talks/events/exhibitions Rizka Amalia (IPB): Reporting on oil palm research - OPAL project and beyond International 2021
Other activities SUPALCOL game report International 2021
Talks/events/exhibitions TRADE Hub Corporate Advisory Forum: Innovative mechanisms to overcome barriers to end deforestation International 2021
Video/Film Un jeu pour changer / A game to change (French subtitles) International Western Switzerland 2021
Media relations: print media, online media Wir können Standards nicht sofort liefern Welt-Sichten German-speaking Switzerland International 2021
Media relations: print media, online media Besser leben dank Palmöl Weltwoche German-speaking Switzerland 2020
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Can Sustainable Palm Oil Become Widely Available? Asia Society International 2020
Media relations: print media, online media Der Mythos vom umweltschädlichen Palmöl Tagesanzeiger German-speaking Switzerland 2020
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Evaluation of CIFOR research portfolio om oil palm (including OPAL Project) International 2020
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Evaluation of CIFOR research portfolio on oil palm (including OPAL Project) International 2020
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Gaming Indonesia's next move Forest News International 2020
Media relations: radio, television Les forêts tropicales vont émettre plus de CO2 quelles nen captent RTS Western Switzerland 2020
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) OPAL Newsletter n°11 International 2020
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) OPAL Project: Shaping pathways toward sustainable palm oil production Forest News International 2020
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Quelles pistes pour le palmier à huile durable au Cameroun ? Forest News International 2020
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Role-playing games help palm oil management to grow sustainably CIFOR News International 2020
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) A sustainable alternative for palm oil production? Facebook Live session with the authors of the pub Facebook International 2019
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Ansätze für eine nachhaltige Palmölproduktion k4d German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Article in Indonesian Bahasa on the workshop with the Embassy Ekonomi newspaper International 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Article on the start of the interpretation of RSPO standards for Cameroon. Cameroon Tribune International 2019
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Claude Garcia - How choose your future and communicate your aims Podcast career conversations International 2019
Talks/events/exhibitions CoPalCam Game session with Earthworm Western Switzerland 2019
Talks/events/exhibitions ETH Treffpunkt Science City: Palmöl - besser als sein Ruf? German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Talks/events/exhibitions Honorary lesson by Prof. Alexandre Buttler on oil palm and other topics Western Switzerland 2019
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Just a game: article about the game approach in the OPAL project LinkedIn International 2019
Media relations: radio, television L’huile de palme pourrait être produite de manière durable: interview d’Alexandre Buttler RTS Western Switzerland 2019
Media relations: print media, online media New insights into oil palm impacts through role playing Tropenbos International International 2019
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) OPAL Newsletter n°10 International 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Palm oil: an industry worth billions Swissquote magazine International 2019
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Palma de aceite y sostenibilidad: enemigos mediáticos International 2019
Talks/events/exhibitions Palmöl - Besser als sein Ruf? (Presentation at "Ohne" Shop, Baden) German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Talks/events/exhibitions Palmöl - Besser als sein Ruf? (Vorlsesung ETH Treffpunkt Science City) International German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: radio, television Palmölanbau als Brettspiel (Berlin) Deutschlandfunk Nova German-speaking Switzerland International 2019
Video/Film The palm oil game in Cameroon International 2019
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Un jeu pour améliorer la durabilité de lhuile de palme Radio Suisse Romande International Western Switzerland 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Using role-play to explore strategies for improving palm oil production and sustainability in Camero ETFRN News volume 59 International 2019
Talks/events/exhibitions Wicked games: using games to resolve environmental conflicts German-speaking Switzerland 2019
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Wieso ist überall Palmöl drin? Chrut und Rüebli German-speaking Switzerland 2019
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) As Colombia expands its palm oil sector, scientists worry about wildlife Mongabay International 2018
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Companion Modelling for natural resource management with Claude Garcia Games 4 sustainability International 2018
Media relations: radio, television Les effets de la culture des palmiers à huile sur l’écosystème RSR. CQFD Western Switzerland 2018
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) OPAL Newsletter n°8 International 2018
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) OPAL Newsletter n°9 International 2018
Other activities Palm oil sector analysis 2017 International 2018
Media relations: print media, online media Palmöl hat eine Zukunft Tierwelt.ch German-speaking Switzerland International 2018
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Q+A: CIFOR landscape games feature at Indonesia’s Sustainable Districts Festival Landscape News: https://news.globallandscapesforum.org International 2018
Other activities Report on the game sessions done with Hacienda La cabaña International 2018
Media relations: print media, online media Subsitutes may make matters worse ETH News, Tagesanzeiger International 2018
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Wearing Borneo's farmers shoes through a role-playing game ETH Ambassadors Blog International 2018
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Webinar: Adaptive landscape approaches using role-playing games GLP International 2018

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
152019 Oil Palm Adaptive Landscapes 01.03.2015 r4d (Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development)

Abstract

The expansion of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) is one of the main drivers of land use change and deforestation in the tropics. This expansion provides significant economic earnings for producer countries, corporations and smallholders, but at the cost of negative externalities within and beyond the landscapes in which oil palm is grown. Stakeholders and decision makers need to devise and adopt ‘green’ development trajectories that balance better development and conservation goals in an environment with pervasive uncertainties. A better understanding of socio-economic and ecological processes that shape environmental outcomes and the feedbacks that such outcomes impose on society will help chart a path towards more sustainable and inclusive futures.We propose that (1) integrated models of future landscapes and the delivery of ecosystem services over a decadal time span, (2) informed by multiple stakeholder perspectives and developed through participatory modeling approaches and (3) embedded in the decision making processes at different levels, encompassing interrelated district, national and international scales, can improve the resilience of a socio-ecological system (SES) and help local stakeholders navigate and explore possible alternative futures and make more informed decisions. We draw on the expertise and interdisciplinary nature of our consortium, and our collective presence in several countries, to undertake a long-term comparative project that spans regional contexts, in Colombia, Cameroon and Indonesia. The novelty of this proposal lies in designing an integrative simulation platform based on extensive empirical data that effectively couples social and ecological dynamics. This platform can facilitate the establishment of a common worldview among stakeholders and will serve as the basis for better decision making, in which the trade-offs involving ecosystem services, alternative development pathways, and management options are carefully considered in natural landscapes facing oil palm expansion.
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