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Chao, Sophie Marie Helene

Grant Type
Engaged Anthropology Grant
Insitutional Affiliation
Macquarie U.
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Chao, Sophie, Macquarie U., Sydney, Australia - To aid engaged activities on 'Oil Palm Expansion in West Papua: Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Sustainability in the Agribusiness Sector,' 2019, Indonesia

Preliminary abstract: This project will disseminate the findings of my Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork research on the social and environmental impacts of oil palm plantations on indigenous Marind communities in Merauke, West Papua. During a two-day multi-stakeholder workshop in Jakarta, representatives from the Marind communities who hosted my fieldwork will provide feedback on my research findings and present their personal experiences with the agribusiness sector to key government, academic, and non-governmental agencies. In turn, Marind will acquire insights from these agencies into the legal and governance structures regulating oil palm production in Indonesia and obtain critical information on their rights to lands and livelihoods as enshrined in national and international law. Through face-to-face dialogue and information-sharing, the workshop participants will analyze the adverse impacts of oil palm expansion on Marinds' relations to the environment, local food security, and physical and cultural wellbeing, assess the effectiveness of existing palm oil sustainability standards in addressing these impacts, and elaborate joint policy recommendations to promote rights-based and culturally sensitive approaches to palm oil production in Indonesia.