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WCC 2016 Res 061 - Activity Report

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Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
Convene stakeholders/NetworkingOrganize webinar "Palm oil and other vegetable oils: impacts and prospects"Completed
FundraisingSubmitted proposal to Ferrero Scientific Board on Sustainable Nutrition to study trade offs and synergies among Sustainable Development Goal indicators in different production settings of Indonesian palm oil. This proposal has been approved and research should commenced in mid-2021.Completed
OtherSubmitted revised Terms of Reference for Oil Palm Task Force for 2021-2025 Quadrennium, which included 1) assigning a co-chair; 2) changing new of task force to Oil Crops Task Force; 3) broaden the task force's mandate to focus on all major oil crops and not just oil palm. Terms of Reference were approved by CEM, CEESP and SSC.Completed
Scientific/technical activitiesPublication in high impact journal of key findings or review on environmental impacts of oil palm: Meijaard, E., Brooks, T.M., Carlson, K.M., Slade, E.M., Garcia-Ulloa, J., Gaveau, D.L.A., Lee, J.S.H., Santika, T., Juffe-Bignoli, D., Struebig, M.J., Wich, S.A., Ancrenaz, M., Koh, L.P., Zamira, N., Abrams, J.F., Prins, H.H.T., Sendashonga, C.N., Murdiyarso, D., Furumo, P.R., Macfarlane, N., Hoffmann, R., Persio, M., Descals, A., Szantoi, Z., and Sheil, D. (2020). The environmental impacts of palm oil in context. Nature Plants 6, 1418-1426. Completed
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
Since the task force started working on the complex issues surrounding the sustainability of palm oil and other oil crops there has been a noticeable shift in language in media and scientists reporting on this issue, especially in reference to relative yields of different oil crops and land allocation to different oil crops to meet future vegetable oil demands.
What challenges have you encountered in implementing this Resolution and what measures have you taken to overcome them?: 
Finding the financial means to fund the work we want to do to meet the goals of the Resolution has been elusive. Without funding it has been very difficult to implement studies the Task Force members had agreed to conduct. A good example is the study on the socio-economic impacts of different oil crops which has not been comprehensively done.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
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OtherThe new mandate of the Oil Crops Task Force requires that we expand our membership to include more members with experience of other oil crops besides oil palm (e.g., soy, rapeseed, peanut etc). The new co-chair will also ensure that the social aspects of vegetable oil production are equally well covered as the environmental ones
Scientific/technical activitiesWe now have funding for implementing several studies that the Task Force considers important for meeting Resolution 061