Oil palm cultivation is a principal driver of tropical land-use change and deforestation. Oil palm provides significant earnings for countries, corporations and smallholders, but often at great environmental and social costs within and beyond the landscapes where it is grown.
The OPAL project uses natural and social sciences to build role playing games that reflect existing oil palm landscape realities. Using these games we aim to explore alternative oil palm trajectories with stakeholders and decision makers in Indonesia, Cameroon, and Colombia, to help chart a path towards more sustainable and inclusive futures.
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The project started in March 2015 and is funded for six years.
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The consortium, led by ETH Zurich, includes international institutions (CIFOR, CIRAD, WWF), universities (University of Javeriana, Bogor Agricultural University, EPF Lausanne), and consulting firms specialized in oil palm (NES Naturaleza), and a number of local grower associations.
The OPAL project is taking place in Switzerland and in 3 oil palm growing countries: Cameroon, Colombia and Indonesia.
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OPAL in Cameroon
OPAL in Colombia
OPAL in Indonesia
OPAL in Switzerland
The OPAL project is funded by: