Gaming Indonesia’s next move

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OPAL participation in the World Sustainability Forum (September 2020)

The 8th World Sustainability Forum was held online this year. Our colleagues from Indonesia and Cameroon gave several presentations in the Food security and Agriculture session. You can watch the presentations from the Indonesian team here:      


Can Sustainable Palm Oil Become Widely Available?

The Asia Society Switzerland hosted Jaboury Ghazoul for a talk on palm oil on 19 March 2020. Because of confinement measures, the library talk in Zurich turned into a live webcast and was also streamed on Facebook. The recording of the talk as well as a summary of the event is available on this link.


EPFL publication attracts media attention

« Turning an abandoned pasture into a palm tree plantation can be carbon neutral ». OPAL PhD student Juan Carlos Que-zada published in Sciences Advances his findings from the study in Colombia. The media coverage was broad and the re-actions (from the public) sometimes quite critical. Quezada, J.C., Etter, A., Ghazoul, J., Buttler, A., and […]


New game on ISPO certification raises awareness of certification challenges

In August 2019, the Indonesian Team played its new ISPO game with officials from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia. 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 (Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil). They […]


Changing tides: Key players play games in Colombia to understand riverside dynamics

Government representatives, citizens, NGOs and producers from the eastern planes of Colombia are using a board game to explore the challenges faced by Cravo Sur river. ‘La Cuenca’ is a board game developed by masters students from ETH Zürich. Game participants play the role of producers along a river. Livestock, rice and oil palm are […]


OPAL results in Colombia presented at global conferences

NES Naturaleza has been spreading the word around OPAL at different international conferences, like the ISCC Annual Sustainability Conference in Brussels (February 2019), the International Conference on Biofuels in Colombia (March 2019), and the Globoil International Conference in Dubai (April 2019). NES Naturaleza has been running games sessions with smallholders who supply Fresh Fruit Bunches to […]


Journalist training in Cameroon

To help journalists in Cameroon gain a better understanding of the country’s palm oil value chain, OPAL’s Cameroon team organized a two-day training workshop in Douala, Cameroon in September 2018, where journalists played the CoPalCam game. By increasing their understanding, this workshop aimed for journalists to be able to write articles of better quality on […]


Four new publications within a month

FindGuillaume, T., Kotowska, M., Hertel, D., Knohl, A., Krashevska, V., Murtilaksono, K., Scheu, S. and Kuzyakov, Y. (2018) Carbon costs and benefits of Indonesian rainforest conversion to plantations. Nature Communications volume 9 2388. ​ Ocampo-Peñuela, N., Garcia-Ulloa, J., Ghazoul, J. and Etter, A. (2018). Quantifying impacts of oil palm expansion on Colombia’s threatened biodiversity. Biological Conservation 224, 117–121. […]


OPAL games in action at the Latsis Symposium

On 9 June 2018, two of OPAL’s games were put into action at the public events of the Latsis Symposium 2018 – ‘Scaling-up Forest Restoration’ – the German-language version of the CoPalCam game, aimed at school-aged children, and ComMoDo (short for COMpanion MOdelling in InDOnesia), a game developed by ETH Zürich PhD student Nur Hasanah. […]


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