PT DAS conflict, Sumatra


Oil palm is today the fastest growing monoculture in the tropics. Indonesia is the world's largest producer. The country has witnessed a massive conversion of customary (adat) land to oil palm (and fast-wood) plantations. Between 1967 and 2007, oil palm monocultures have increased about 50 times and the government is planning to expand the area under plantation.

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Basic Data
NamePT DAS conflict, Sumatra
Sitevillages of Tanjung Katung and Lubuk Bernai, Jambi province
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Biomass and Land Conflicts (Forests, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Management)
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Land acquisition conflicts
Plantation conflicts (incl. Pulp
Specific CommoditiesPalm oil
Project Details and Actors
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date1998
End Date1998
Company Names or State Enterprises PT Dasa Anugerah Sejati (DAS) from Indonesia - A subsidiary of PT Inti Indosawit Subur
PT Inti Indosawit Subur from Indonesia
Relevant government actorsAgrarian Minister, Head of the National Board for Lands
International and Financial InstitutionsRound Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) from Malaysia
Environmental justice organisations and other supporterssupport of SawitWatch
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Forms of MobilizationLawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Meeting and pressuring authorities
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession
Project StatusUnknown
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCriminalization of activists
Court decision (undecided)
Arrests, intimidation
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.No data on the court's decision.
Sources and Materials

SawitWatch, 1998. Campaign against big-scale oil palm plantations in Indonesia. Bogor: SawitWatch.

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ContributorJ.-F. Gerber
Last update05/05/2014