• 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 (2015-2021)

The OPAL Project, funded by the SNF-r4d programme, took place from March 2015 until May 2021 in the following participating countries: Cameroon, Colombia, Indonesia and Switzerland. Using disciplinary research as well as participatory approaches such as role-playing games, we have been enhancing knowledge on oil palm landscapes and fostering dialogues that could lead to shared solutions across perspectives and complexities. Learn more


The consortium was led by ETH Zurich and included 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 has been taking place in Switzerland and in three oil palm growing countries: Cameroon, Colombia, and Indonesia.
Find out more about the activities and achievements in each country:

OPAL in Cameroon
OPAL in Colombia
OPAL in Indonesia
OPAL in Switzerland

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The achievements of our 6-year project have been compiled in a report. Visit the Results page to get a summary of our main results, listed by country.

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Peer-reviewed publications



The OPAL Project was 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
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