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WCC 2016 Res 061 - Progress Report

General information
IUCN Constituencies implementing this Resolution
IUCN Members: 
Wildlife Conservation Society ( WCS ) / United States of America
World Resources Institute ( WRI ) / United States of America
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Commission on Education and Communication 2013-2016 (CEC)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Indicate which actions have been carried out to implement this Resolution : 
Convene stakeholders/Networking
Policy influencing/advocacy
Scientific/technical activities
Describe the results/achievements of the actions taken: 
The publication of the Situation Analysis on Oil Palm and Biodiversity was published in 2018 alonside an extensive 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, and indicators of media communication demonstrated wide uptake of the message. 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
What challenges/obstacles have been encountered in the implementation of this Resolution and how were they overcome : 
The largest obstacle was securing the necessary funding for convening the Task Force
Briefly describe what future actions are needed for the implementation of this Resolution: 
As the Task Force moves beyond the situation analysis, we are planning to organize a future meeting to discuss two further planned studies, one of the socio-economic and cultural impacts of oil palm development, and another on a comparison of oil palm versus other vegetable crops.
Are these actions planned for yet: 
Status of implementation
Status of implementation for this Resolution: 
On-going: implementation consisting of repetitive, recurrent action (attending meetings, reporting, etc.)
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