15-16 November 2007, Grand Hyatt Bali, Indonesia
Enhancing Sustainable Oil Palm
UPDATED! August 06' 2009 | 18.08



Introduction

Oil palm cultivation has entered a new era where environmental issues have to be taken into account in order to reach an acceptable level of sustainability. The purpose of this conference is to contribute to an in depth analysis of the issues related to one of the 3 pillars of sustainability, i.e. the environment.

Legislations relating to the environmental issues are becoming increasingly more demanding and stringent. Several initiatives, encompassing issues and activities relating to new oil palm developments and current practices in the plantation and mills, have been undertaken to define and establish principles and criteria for sustainability. These new directions are affecting all producing countries, whether they are dominant in the international market, or focusing on domestic consumption.

Not all stakeholders of the oil palm industry are fully aware of changes that are expected from planters and millers. More importantly, implementation and monitoring of these new practices are not always well understood and well mastered.

One has to acknowledge, the oil per Ha for oil palm is significantly higher when compared to other oil seeds. It is hoped that environmental organization will realize that the petroleum industry will gradually be replaced by the biofuel industry complemented with the carbon credits that it can earn.

On the other hand, oil palm cultivation also shows an interesting ecological potential that it is not fully taken into consideration, and seldom mentioned.


Objectives
  • To highlight environmental issues in the oil palm industry
  • To share experience gained on possible solutions and resources for the benefit of the environment, and also for the industry itself in terms of efficiency, cost, etc.


Key Topics

I. Palm oil production, environmental issues, regulations and norms related to the palm oil industry
  • Environment issues (biodiversity, nutrient and energy consumption, water, air and water pollution, soil fertility, etc.)
  • Possible future hazard for the crop itself (pests and diseases, etc.)
  • Vital policies with regard to large scale expansion areas
  • Implementation of regulations and norms
II. Oil palm extension and current operational achievements to minimize environmental damage (Biodiversity)
  • Review of land status and availability
  • Criteria for land selection
  • Evaluation of impact and practices to minimize these impacts
  • Waste management
  • Reduction of pesticide use
  • Improvement of energy balance
III. Ecological potential of oil palm cultivation and oil palm R&D activities
  • Contributions to future regulations and norms
  • Contribution to innovative practices
  • Development of indicators with regard to environment impact and assessment
IV. Environmental economics of palm oil industry
  • Impact of energy shortage to palm bio-energy (biodiesel/biofuel)
  • Carbon Credits, related to palm oil industry.

Attendees:
  • Oil Palm Planters, Millers, and Traders
  • Universities and Research Organizations
  • NGOs involved in Environmental Issues
  • Government Agencies