OPAL newsletter

Read our project news updates from December 2017 to May 2018 in our OPAL newsletters, available here.


Palm oil diplomacy at a crossroads

The palm oil debate between Europe and Indonesia has reached a crossroads, where the path taken could lead to opportunity or disaster. Negotiators and politicians in both regions have a responsibility to millions of producers and consumers of palm oil to take the right path. Indonesia is the world’s top palm oil producer, accounting for […]


National palm oil policy dialogue (Yaoundé, Cameroon, 21-23 February 2018)

The OPAL team in Cameroon organized a National Palm Oil Policy Dialogue to leverage policy towards sustainable palm oil development in Cameroon. The three-day workshop was organized under the auspices of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) under the theme ‘Sustainable Palm Oil Development in Cameroon: Investing in a sustainable future for people […]


Game sessions and workshop with local policy makers in Indonesia

OPAL has won the trust of local policy makers in Kutai Kartanegara district, East Kalimantan, where three game sessions and one workshop were organized in October and December 2017, with the help of CIFOR. ​The Indonesian game ComMoDo (short for COMpanion MOdelling in InDOnesia), developed by Nur Hasanah, PhD student of ETH Zurich was played […]


OPAL Newsletter No. 7

The latest project news from August to November 2017 is now available. You can find all OPAL newsletters here.


OPAL extended until 2021!

On 5 September 2017, the OPAL team was invited by the SNF r4d program to the evaluation of its project in Bern, Switzerland. A scientific report had already been provided in July, together with an application for extension. During the evaluation, OPAL project leader Jaboury Ghazoul gave a presentation, highlighting progress and pathways to impact. Following […]


​Workshop in Colombia (29 May – 2 June 2017)

The OPAL team in Colombia organized a workshop in the Llanos region, to move development of the ComMod game forward in the country and share experiences of the process so far. All of Colombia’s OPAL team were joined by Jaboury Ghazoul, Claude Garcia and John Garcia Ulloa from ETH Zürich. The main objectives of the […]


Teenagers managing oil palm plantations

Following last year’s success, on 15 March 2017, two classes of Le Lycée Français de Zürich came to ETH Zürich to play the CoPalCam game, focused on Cameroon’s oil palm supply chain. In each half-day session, the students, aged 15-18 years old, were split into two ‘valleys’, taking on the roles of small growers, truck rental, […]


Workshop with Swiss stakeholders

On 9 December 2016, the ETH Zürich team organized a workshop to explore with stakeholders from Switzerland the resilience of the oil palm supply chain in Cameroon. The workshop used the CoPalCam game, developed in the field by the Cameroonian project team. Attendees included institutions and NGOs involved in conservation and sustainability (Greenpeace, IUCN, UNEP, […]


Site visit to Kurtai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

OPAL Indonesia organized a visit to the project sites in Kutai Kartanegara from 12 to 16 September 2016. Participants included most of the OPAL Indonesian team (IPB, WWF Indonesia and CIFOR), representatives from ETH Zürich and two delegates from SNF (Claude Martin and Peter Verburg). The visit was an opportunity to get to know some of […]


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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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8092 Zürich

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