In the game, the officials played the role of smallholders or of the government. Very soon, the smallholders started complaining to the government about the ISPO certification. They lack understanding of why they should comply with it, and what benefit they would obtain. They did not know whether, and how, certification would affect prices. Other issues emerged. What about plantations that are already located in the forest area and grown from non-certified seeds? These lands and plantations are considered illegal and are not valid for ISPO certification. Can a policy from the government help resolve this problem?
This session just proved once more how powerful our approach is. It empowers participants, it frees speech. It helps them grasp the big picture and handle the complexity of the system they manage. It helps them understand better the different perspectives of the parties involved. They find out by themselves why the implementation of ISPO is so challenging and what are the bottlenecks.
Participant Ms Ita Munardini, the head of plantation processing and marketing, said in her closing remark that “this game is positive, reflects a portrait of ISPO with its components, offers us to reveal problems, a useful tool to further refine plantation development policies”. She really looked forward to seeing this game adopted in other oil palm producing provinces, particularly with the incoming presidential instruction on sustainable palm oil action plans.