Reviewing the Theory of Change for Reducing Emissions from Oil Palm Cultivation in Indonesia

The current strategy of the Packard Foundation to reduce emissions from oil palm cultivation in Indonesia aims to “catalyze a transformational shift in the oil palm industry to one that is low carbon, pro-small holder and respectful of international norms related to protection of land and labor rights and biodiversity issues”¹. Integrating a combination of supply and demand side interventions designed to reach the overall goal to reduce land-use based emissions, the strategy has been used to guide grant making from 2014. The strategy is deliberately aligned with the strategies of the Indonesia and Global Initiatives of CLUA². CLUA also uses this specific strategy to guide grant making in relation to reducing emissions in Indonesia.

It is now almost three years since the strategy implementation started and a number of changes have occurred in Indonesia in the palm oil and land-use based emissions space that may or may not have influenced strategic progress.

Recognizing the value of sharing extensive implementation experience, multiple perspectives and building a shared vision between those implementing the strategy is central to its success. It is also the rationale for providing the opportunity for ongoing collective reflection and conversation as implementation partners to take stock and refresh the theory of change behind the strategy. Two workshops have been arranged for this purpose one focusing on addressing the demand side of the current strategy and one on the supply side. The workshop on the supply side is organized on 18-19 October 2016, in Jakarta, Indonesia and the second one of the demand side will be on 31st October -1st November 2016 in London, UK.

Aidenvironment participates on both workshops.

For more information, please contact Annemieke Beekmans or have a look on our project page.

  1. Reducing emissions from oil palm cultivation in Indonesia. A strategy for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Climate and Land Use Alliance. Frances Seymour. August 2014
  2. CLUA is a collaborative initiative of Climate Works Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Ford Foundation and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.