• ComMoDO (COMpanion MOdelling in InDOnesia)
    Photo by Ricky Martin/CIFOR
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  • Oil Palm Adaptive Landscapes (OPAL) Online Research Seminar Series
    Landcape Oil palm plantation in Muara Kaman Ilir village, East Kalimantan. Photo by Ricky Martin/CIFOR
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  • "Kramer" or artisanal oil palm mill in Ghana's Eastern region. Photo by Ahtziri Gonzalez/CIFOR
  • Aerial views of Buluq Sen village, Kutai Kertanegara District. East Kalimantan on December 18, 2017. Photo by Nanang Sujana/CIFOR
  • Landscape of Sabintulung village, Muara Kaman District, Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan. Photo by Ricky Martin/CIFOR
  • Swiss stakeholders playing the roles of palm oil producers in Cameroon. ETH Zurich, December 2016 Photo: Danny Nef
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  • Game developed by PhD Student Nur Hasanah (ETH Zurich) for Indonesia Photo: Nur Hasanah

Oil Palm Adaptive Landscapes

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… Learn more


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.

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The OPAL Project is taking place in Switzerland and in three oil palm growing countries: Cameroon, Colombia, and Indonesia.
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OPAL in Cameroon
OPAL in Colombia
OPAL in Indonesia
OPAL in Switzerland

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The OPAL Project is funded by:
Project Consortium:

Oil Palm Adaptive Landscapes (OPAL)
c/o Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul
Chair of Ecosystem Management
Department of Environmental System Sciences
ETH Zurich
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich

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