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PT SPN Oil Palm Company in Lee Village, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

PT SPN applied for and was granted a land use permit over Lee Village territory in 2009 without prior and informed consent having been obtained from the villagers or the Village Government.


PT Sinergi Perkebunan Nusantara (PT SPN), earlier PT Perkebunan Nusantara XIV (PT PNXIV), has been granted nine Hak Guna Usaha (HGU) land use permits (long term commercial leases) in the district Mori Atas which together add up to 18,584 ha. One of those was obtained in 2009 and occupies an area of 1,895 ha, out of which 800-1150 ha (the number of hectares differ depending on sources, see (1) (2) (3). This area includes rice fields, farmland, grazing land, water sources and sacred sites (4). 

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:PT SPN Oil Palm Company in Lee Village, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
State or province:Kecamatan Mori Atas, Kabupaten Morowali Utara di Sulawesi Tenga
Location of conflict:Lee Village
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

PT SPN does not have a processing plant in the North Morowali region but relies on transportation of fruit to other processors, such as Agro Astra Lestari (ALL) and PPT Sinar Mas (6).

Project area:1,895 (total plantation area 20-HGU-BPN RI-2009, (27.01 .09))
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:150 households
Start of the conflict:2014
Company names or state enterprises:PT Sinergi Perkebunan Nusantara (SPN)
Relevant government actors:Minister of State Secretariat, the Minister of Environment and Forestry, the Governor of Central Sulawesi, the Head of BPN Sulteng, the DPRD of Central Sulawesi, the Regent of Morowali, the Regent of North Morowali, the North Morowali DPRD, BPN Morowali, the Chief of Morowali Police, the Head of the Land Dispute Team of North Morowali Regency
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Yayasan Tanah Merdeka (YTM,
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Local ejos
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Development of alternative proposals
Official complaint letters and petitions
Meetings with the National Land Agency (BPN) and related agencies
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation
Potential: Desertification/Drought, Fires, Soil contamination
Health ImpactsPotential: Malnutrition
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place, Displacement
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Militarization and increased police presence
Project StatusUnknown
Conflict outcome / response:Migration/displacement
Under negotiation
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Status of conflict unknown
Sources & Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

(4) Mongabay, 2015. Ketika Desa Lee di Morowali Minta Dikeluarkan dari HGU Perkebunan Sawit
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(6) YTM, 2017. Kondisi Kelas Pekerja Perkebunan Kelapa Sawit PT SPN di Morowali Utara
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(1) Perkebunannews 2016. Perusahaan Negara Rampas Tanah Petani di Desa LEE
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(5) Mongabay 2015. Demo Warga di Morowali Berhasil Hentikan Aktivitas Perkebunan Sawit
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(3) PRP Indonesia, 2016. Perusahaan Negara Melakukan Praktek Perampasan Tanah Petani di Desa Lee
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Contributor:Emmy Iwarsson (ICTA-UAB)
Last update24/03/2018
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