Sawit Watch was established in 1998, investigating the large Indonesian forest and land fires in 1997/1998. It has 143 individual members and works in 17 provinces.
Sawit Watch envisages social changes for smallholder farmers, labourers and indigenous peoples towards ecological justices.
- Establish, provide and manage data and information;
- Increase the capacity of smallholders, labourers and indigenous peoples;
- Facilitate conflict resolution between smallholder farmers, labourers and indigenous peoples and large-scale oil palm plantations;
- Establish synergy of movement amongst smallholder farmers, labourers and indigenous peoples;
- Encourage the adoption of state policies in favour of smallholders’, labourers’ and indigenous peoples’ interests.
- Carrying out studies on policies and regulations related to oil palm plantation development and its impacts on smallholder farmers, labourers and indigenous peoples;
- Monitoring the development practices and activities of oil palm plantation companies and their credit-backer financial institutions;
- Developing alternative economic models to the large-scale monoculture oil palm plantation model;
- Facilitating conflict resolution related to the development and management of large-scale oil palm plantations;
- Promoting enabling conditions for policy changes favourable to smallholder farmers, labourers, and indigenous peoples;
- Carrying out public education to promote environmentally-based development models;
- Carrying out campaigns towards ecological justices;
- Facilitating communities dialogues with government, parliament and the private sector for the resolution of conflicts and for policy changes related to oil palm plantations in Indonesia;
- Carrying out organisational development and capacity building for members.