23-25 February 2010, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Bali, Indonesia
Measurement and Mitigation of Environmental Impact of Palm Oil Production
UPDATED! August 06' 2009 | 17.08



INTRODUCTION

The first International Conference on Oil Palm and Environment (ICOPE) was held in November 2007 in Bali, Indonesia. It was a unique forum for scientist of various diciplines, practitioners, institutions and NGOs to come together and deliberate on current and future issues relating to oil palm and the environment. Feedback from participants, which numbered more than 400 and representing 16 countries, suggested that the conference was an overwhelming success; suggestions to further improve the effectiveness of future ICOPE conferences were duly noted.

Since then, the first certified sustainable palm oil produced in conformance to the RSPO Principles and Criteria has been announced and released to the market. Traders and buyers are excited and clamoring for higher quantity of such certified sustainable oil.

Meanwhile, despite the significant improvement observed in the field (HCV identification has become a reality, best practices are implemented by an increasing number of companies, etc), environmental concerns are still taking centre stage. Increasing number f consumers, NGOs and are calling for a moratorium on primary forest and peat areas.

It is most encouraging and reassuring to note that Ecological Intensification of oil palm cultivacation is now an integral part and important priority for most private and national research centers; the main objective is to increase the productivity of oil palm based not only on per unit area but also on per unit carbon contribution. More green practices are needed in the oil palm industry.

Based on the success of the first ICOPE conference, the three organizers, PT. SMART Tbk Indonesia, WWF Indonesia, and CIRAD France, have decided to organize the second ICOPE in February 2010.

Re-enforcing the objectives of the first conference, ICOPE 2010 will address the issues of Green House Gas Balance, biodiversity, environmental impact assesment, and the capacity of the industry to improve productivity through an ecological intensification of cultivation practices in both big plantations and smallholdings.



OBJECTIVES

To highlight environmental issues, sharing experience on possible solutions and resources not only for the benefit of the environment, but also for the industry itself.



KEY TOPICS
    1. Oil palm and climate change
    2. (the carbon balance and carbon footprint of palm oil production for food and energy utilization)
    3. Oil palm and biodiversity
    4. (deforestation issue)
    5. Measurement of environmental imapct of oil palm plantations
    6. (agro-environmental indicator, etc)
    7. Ecological intensification of oil palm plantations
    8. Smallholders and the environment
WHO WILL ATTEND
    1. Oil palm planters, millers, traders, etc
    2. Research Organizations and Universities
    3. NGOs involved in Environmental issues
    4. Government Agencies


CALL FOR PAPERS

papers are invited for oral or poster presentation at the conference. Authors are requested to sumit an abstract typed in single space using Microsoft Word with size 12 Times New Roman.

Please note the following deadlines:

Abstract submission: 30 Sep 2009
Announcement of paper acceptance: 31 Oct 2009
Full paper submission: 31 Dec 2009


Abstracts and full manuscripts should be submitted by email:
publication@icope-series.com



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