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The development and management of oil palm plantation business are often confronted with land conflicts. Among them are land cases between the company and the community who generally live surrounding the plantation operation area. This disrupts the community’s social life, also becomes a sustainability problem for the plantation business itself.
The Province of Central Kalimantan, especially Districts of Seruyan and Kotawaringin Barat, is a place for palm oil companies to operate with a significant land area. In line with this, plantation business conflicts are also rampant. As a matter of fact, many past land conflicts have not been resolved and still ongoing.
For this reason, the two respective district government have long been determined to solve the issues. Various efforts have been made, from prevention efforts to conflict mediation between the parties. However, these efforts are not sufficient to face the contestation of plantation business land, which is very complex and structural in nature. The problem starts from the completeness of data that determines the work of a system. The unavailability of complete data and the fragmented plantation business conflict information system have resulted in vague conflict information. This contributes significantly to the difficulty of local government in resolving land issues.
Data is an important basis in handling plantation business conflicts. The absence of adequate data will hinder an efficient process of understanding typologies and the roots of conflicts. Thus, the solution to the conflict is not suitable, even rejected by the parties involved. So far, many conflicts have been recorded, but the completeness of the information still requires additional work. Therefore, local government should have a data and design system that can detect potential and risks of conflict early on. With the availability of sufficient information, local government is expected to be able to facilitate conflict resolution and provide appropriate access to justice.
The collaboration between the Government of the Districts of Seruyan and Kotawaringin Barat and Yayasan Inobu in promoting a data collection system and conflict resolution is carried out through a sustainable palm oil jurisdictional certification approach. This commitment is driven by multi-stakeholder engagement, including local governments, business actors, smallholders, indigenous/local communities, and NGOs. It is expected that the engagement of these parties can help provide complete information to finally find collective solutions to resolve conflicts over plantation business land.