Journal article

Oil palm-community conflict mapping in Indonesia: A case for better community liaison in planning for development initiatives

Nicola K Abram, Erik Meijaard, Kerrie A Wilson, Jacqueline T Davis, Jessie A Wells, Marc Ancrenaz, Sugeng Budiharta, Alexandra Durrant, Afif Fakhruzzi, Rebecca K Runting, David Gaveau, Kerrie Mengersen



Conflict between large-scale oil-palm producers and local communities is widespread in palm-oil producer nations. With a potential doubling of oil-palm cultivation in Indonesia in the next ten years it is likely that conflicts between the palm-oil industry and communities will increase. We develop and apply a novel method for understanding spatial patterns of oil-palm related conflicts. We use a unique set of conflict data derived through systematic searches of online data sources and local newspaper reports describing recent oil-palm land-use related conflicts for Indonesian Borneo, and combine these data with 43 spatial environmental and social variables using boosted regression tree model..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship

Awarded by ARC Centre of Excellence program

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was financially supported by the Woodspring Trust (for NKA, AD and AF). KAW and JW acknowledge funding from The University of Queensland and the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship FT100100413 and ARC Centre of Excellence program CE110001014. MM also acknowledges support from the ARC. The Borneo Futures network acknowledges financial support from the United Nations Environment Program (DEPI Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific) and the Arcus Foundation.