This is a non-profit initiative with financial support from the sponsors. Proceeds from the organisation and sponsorships of ICOPE Conference will also go towards financing the activities of this initiative. All information is publicly shared trough web announcement, publications in appropriate journal of conference and seminars. Decisions are made based on the consensus of the three partners.

Management of ICOPE-SERIES

Head of SMART Research Institute (SMARTRI): Dr. J.P. Caliman

PT. SMART Tbk: Dr. Lalang Buana

Steering Committee:
President Director of PT SMART Tbk: D. Dharsono
Director of CIRAD (PERSYST Department): Dr. A. Rival
Director of WWF Indonesia:

Profiles of Partners

SMART Research Institute

Established in 1962, PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology Tbk (abbreviated PT SMART Tbk) currently is one of the largest, publicly-listed
, integrated palm-based consumer companies in Indonesia. Through its subsidiaries, SMART currently has palm plantation with total planted area of around 118,000 hectares, including plasma. SMART primary activities are cultivating and harvesting of palm trees, processing of fresh fruit bunches into crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel (PK), and refining CPO into value-added products such as cooking oil, margarine and shortening. SMART also distributes, markets and exports consumer palm-based product. Besides bulk and industrial oil, SMART?s refined product also marketed under several brands, such as Filma and Kunci Mas. Today, those brands have been recognized for their high quality, presently command significant market share in Indonesia.

To improve the productivity, efficiency and overall competitiveness, a research institute called SMARTRI (SMART Research Institute) established in Riau. SMARTRI undertake full range of research in agronomic activities, including fertilizer optimization, soil viability, mapping surveys, crop techniques, herbicide usage, and pest and disease control measures. These research activities are undertaken in collaboration with national and international research institutions and universities, including CIRAD from France and Dami from PNG.

SMARTRI has certified by ISO 9001:2008  for its Quality Management System in 2003 and ISO 17025 in Laboratory Accreditation for its analytical laboratory in 2005. In 2003 the seed production department of SMARTRI, i.e. Dami Mas DxP oil palm seeds has also certified for its for its seed process and production. Furthermore, to ensure continuity of premium clonal material, SMARTRI has set up a tissue culture and biotechnology laboratory.

SMARTRI develops various initiatives to promote environmental friendly operatives for its oil palm plantations and mills, such as ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System and Principle & Criteria (P&C) of Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

CIRAD France

CIRAD, the Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, is a French agricultural research centre working for development in developing countries and the French overseas regions. It works throughout the tropics and subtropics, and most of its research is conducted in partnership.

It has a mandate to contribute to sustainable development in these regions through research, trials, training and the dissemination of scientific and technical information. Its expertise spans the life sciences, human sciences and engineering sciences and their application to agriculture, food, natural resource management and society.

CIRAD has three research departments: Biological Systems (BIOS), Performance of Tropical Production and Processing Systems (PERSYST), and Environments and Societies (ES). It is split into 59 units: 32 internal research units (UPRs), four service units (USs), 20 joint research units (UMRs) and three international research units (URPs).

It employs 1.825 people, including 856 senior scientific staff members, and has an annual operating budget of 203 million euros.

WWF Indonesia

Indonesia is very rich in terms of terrestrial and marine biodiversity, yet so many Indonesians live in poverty, our cities are some of the most polluted in the world, year after year our forest go up in flames, and in the monsoon seasons so many people must suffer the woes of floods and landslides, often fatal.

WWF-Indonesia's ultimate goal is to stop and eventually reverse environmental degradation and to build a future where people live in harmony with nature.

Our mission is to conserve biodiversity and reducing human impact through (1) Promoting strong conservation ethics, awareness and actions in Indonesia society; (2) Facilitating multi-stakeholders efforts to preserve biodiversity & ecological processes on ecoregional scale; (3) Advocating for policies, law and law enforcement that support conservation; (4) Promoting conservation for the well-being of people, through sustainable use of natural resources.

In WWF-Indonesia we prioritize our work in important centers of biodiversity known as the Global 200 ecoregions. We are currently running conservation programs in 23 sites in 16 provinces throughout Indonesia in a number of marine, freshwater and forest ecosystems. We strive to save the diversity of species by promoting sustainable conservation that can give continued social and economic benefits to local communities. We also work with various stakeholders to restore damaged ecosystems and mitigate various threats such as climate change and toxic chemicals.

Some vital preconditions need to be in place for effective conservation to happen. These include empowered citizens, responsible governments and businesses and strong conservation policies. Unfortunately currently Indonesia is lagging behind on all three fronts. To this end, WWF-Indonesia works to promote (1) Strong conservation policies at all levels, from the local, regional, national and international government levels, through our advocacy work. We do not stop with governments, since in today's world corporations can impact conservation negatively if they are not guided by strong corporate environment and social policies. Thus, through corporate engagement we encourage companies to strengthen their conservation policies and practices; (2) Community empowerment, whereby local citizens are able to protect natural resources, be actively involved in determining how resources are managed, and protect their rights to receive benefits from sustainable use of these resources, is crucial for conservation in Indonesia to succeed. Our community organizers work to creatively face the challenges of poverty. Nationally, we run public campaigns, designed to help citizens understand issues related to conservation and governance, and provide them a way to participate in making the change for a better world.

We strongly believe in collaboration and dialogue. Every stakeholder has something positive to bring to the conservation table. We conduct ongoing conservation education programs to encourage more and more people to join in the conservation effort.