Gaming Indonesia’s next move (in Bahasa Indonesia)

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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 four presentations in the Food security and Agriculture session. You can watch them here:    


OPAL synthesis workshop

This was supposed to be a meeting where we all come together in Zurich. Covid-19 forced us to change our plans.  We met online across the 3 continents during 3 consecutive days early September 2020 to come up with a synthesis of our outcomes and an overall message: The synthesis work was done online on […]


OPAL Newsletter n°11

Download the Newsletter 11 for the OPAL news and activities from October 2019 to May 2020. All other project Newsletters are available under  


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 […]


OPAL Newsletter n°10

Download the Newsletter 10 to learn more about the project news and activities from November 2018 to September 2019. All other project Newsletters are available under


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 […]


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Oil Palm Adaptive Landscapes (OPAL)
c/o Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul
Chair of Ecosystem Management
Department of Environmental System Sciences
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