PhD Research 4: Kanokwan Saswattecha

Improving the sustainability of palm oil production chains: integrating landscape and sector analyses.

Kanokwan Saswattecha addresses the sustainability of palm oil production in Thailand. The palm oil production chain will be studied at the landscape and sector level. Environmental models will be developed to evaluate options towards sustainable development of palm oil production. The models will integrate information on the causes of sustainability problems, the underlying processes, and possible solutions. Socio-technical measures will be identified to improve sustainability along the chain, with a focus on the environment and equity. Stakeholder participation in the model development will be aimed at in order to increase the usability of the model.