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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
Name of conflict:PT DAS conflict, Sumatra
State or province:Sumatra
Location of conflict:villages 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:Plantation conflicts (incl. Pulp
Land acquisition conflicts
Specific commodities:Palm oil
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:1998
End of the conflict:1998
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 actors:Agrarian Minister, Head of the National Board for Lands
International and Finance InstitutionsRound Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) from Malaysia
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:support of SawitWatch
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Forms of mobilization:Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Meeting and pressuring authorities
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession
Project StatusUnknown
Conflict outcome / response:Criminalization of activists
Court decision (undecided)
Arrests, intimidation
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:No data on the court's decision.
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

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

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Contributor:J.-F. Gerber
Last update05/05/2014
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