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WCC 2016 Res 061 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
IUCN Constituent type: 
IUCN Species Survival Commission 2017-2020
Period covered: 
Geographic scope: 
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Commission on Ecosystems Management 2013-2016 (CEM)
IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy 2013-2016 (CEESP)
IUCN Commission on Education and Communication 2013-2016 (CEC)
IUCN Species Survival Commission 2013-2016 (SSC)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
Convene stakeholders/NetworkingWe conducted a workshop in June 2018 in London to discuss the process of developing the Situation Analysis on Oil Palm and Biodiversity, and the next steps for the Task Force as indicated by resolution 061.Completed
Policy influencing/advocacyWe attended the EU Rountable RSPO in Paris, France and the Roundtable RSPO in Kota Kinabalu to present the findings of the Situation Analysis and other oil palm impact studies. We also arranged a meeting in Gland in July 2018 to discuss next steps for the Oil Palm Task Force.Completed
Scientific/technical activitiesWe are currently translating the Situation Analysis on Oil Palm and Biodiversity into Indonesian and will present this to the Indonesian government in January 2019.On-going
Scientific/technical activitiesWe published and launched the Situation Analysis on Oil Palm and Biodiversity in English and French. Completed
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
The publication of the Situation Analysis on Oil Palm and Biodiversity was accompanied by an IUCN media and communications campaign that focused on a key finding that banning palm oil, as currently considered by the EU, will have unintended and yet unknown negative impacts on biodiversity and the environment elsewhere in the world. This is a key message that now seems to be frequently repeated in communication about oil palm. We conducted a formal impact assessment of the Situation Analysis through the use of pre- and post-publication questionnaires. Analysis is ongoing and data preliminary. There is an indication of the Situation Analysis changing perceptions and knowledge of readers compared to those people who didn't read the report, but effects are small - mostly because the sample size of the group of non-readers is very small.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Convene stakeholders/NetworkingWe intend to organize a Task Force meeting in 2019 to discuss the two planned studies, develop methodologies and assign responsibilities.
Scientific/technical activitiesWe are seeking financial support for a review study on the socio-economic and cultural impacts of oil palm development, with the goal of conducting an objective review of the topic and publish a report before the IUCN Congress in 2020.
Scientific/technical activitiesWe are seeking financial support for a study on oil palm versus other vegetable oil crops. Where do these other crops grow (spatial analysis and mapping). What environmental impacts do these crops have compared to palm oil? Can these oils replace palm oil from a price and technical production perspective?