Conflict Resolution Unit (CRU) & Cost of Conflict

The Conflict Resolution Unit of the Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD) published a report entitled “The Cost of Conflict in Palm Oil in Indonesia”.

The study looked at social conflicts in five plantations in Kalimantan and Sumatera to calculate financial values. Common themes on the social conflicts in the palm oil sector included that conflict was a resource drain; land (and livelihood) was the most important driver or social conflict in the palm oil sector; disputes tend to start with non violence; conflicts often recur; and conflicts tend to take place during the production phase.

The CRU was established to increase public confidence that mediation is an effective option for resolving land use and natural resource management conflicts. The CRU provides a range of support services for mediation processes to ensure best practices in the field. These services include providing a framework for assessment and mediation, creating a National Register of Assessors and Mediators, conducting training and workshops, and providing research studies to improve understanding about land use and natural resource management conflicts in Indonesia.

The Cost of Conflict

The Study and Executive Summary are available at

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