06-08 March 2018, Bali Indonesia
Embracing Sustainable Palm Oil: Solutions for Local Production and Global Change
UPDATED! January 05' 2018 | 16.01


Since its inception in 2007, ICOPE (International Conference on Oil Palm and the Environment), has established itself as a unique platform where all stakeholders i.e. planters, NGOs, government officers, researchers and academics, finance officers, gather together to review their roles in the transformation of the palm oil industry towards environment friendly production and consumption of palm oil. The biennial ICOPE has also ensured that stakeholders in producing and consuming countries are being regularly and continually updated on the developments in the sustainable production and consumption of palm oil. ICOPE is the most suitable forum for stakeholders to share solutions and experience, highlight issues and enhance actions towards these goals.


During the last 10 years significant efforts have been implemented by the key actors of the industry:

  • RSPO's commitment as evidenced by its development of continually improving standards for sustainable palm oil through its principles and criteria
  • Companies around the world have taken steps to be more environmental friendly e.g. initiating zero deforestation and low carbon footprint and not only changing their own field practices, but also encouraging other members of the industry to implement similar best practices, while assisting smallholders towards a similar route
  • Governments of producing countries are taking actions and issuing new regulations to protect the environment and the landscape of their respective countries: changing the practices of both large and small plantations by no slash and burn, and restoring important ecosystems such as peat and riparian areas
  • The international community and NGOs are preparing the road maps and action plans at global level for greenhouse gas emissions reduction, including encouraging agriculture to reduce its carbon foot-print and develop its capacity for increased carbon fixation as a contribution to climate change mitigation
  • Private and public research centers, as well as universities are intensively working to define the criteria for ecological intensification of oil palm cultivation and its integration in the landscape. Alternatives for substitution of controversial pesticides, increasing production potential of planting material as an alternative to deforestation, and promoting ecological services that are not only at the base of best practices but also contributing to reduction in production costs are being investigated


However recent reports and decisions of palm oil consuming countries show that these efforts from the industry and all those involved in making palm oil more sustainable are not being fully recognized such that the consuming countries tend to ask excessive standard of sustainability.


ICOPE 2018 will again provide us with opportunities to learn and share views on what and how to implement locally, confirm new best practices towards a high productivity of both large and small plantations, while reaching high level of sustainability at a global landscape level.



ICOPE 2018 will include presentations, discussions and debates in these proposed sessions:

  • Contribution of oil palm to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal in tropical countries (large plantation & smallholders): Views from South East Asia, Africa and South America
  • Reaching a global consensus on sustainability standard while EU, individual countries, and several NGOs request for more than the standards proposed by RSPO, ISPO, ISCC and MSPO
  • Landscape integration of large and small plantations; Ecosystem functions restoration, ecosystem services in oil palm cultivation
  • Carbon footprint and water footprint: What improvements expected
  • Contribution of technologies such as drone, smart systems and artificial intelligence to reach higher level of sustainability with respect to production and conservation


To highlight environmental issues, discuss solutions, and share experiences in order to identify pragmatic and scientifically tested solutions that can be put into practice to benefit the environment and the industry.


General Lectures on key topics

General Lectures will be held during the conference. The lectures will cover the key topics and will be delivered by reputable scientists or members of leading institutions.

Technical Session

Presentations and discussions of the key topics will be conducted in the Technical Sessions, with various papers presented by stakeholders such as Research Institutes, Palm Oil Growers and Millers, Government Agencies, Banks and NGOs. 
While the oral presentations and discussions will focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation, we also welcome proposals for poster sessions related to other aspects of palm oil production and the environment, for e.g. biodiversity and pollution risk & control.

  • Palm oil Growers, Millers and Traders
  • Research organizations and Universities
  • NGOs involved in environmental and social issues
  • Government agencies and Institutions

Papers are invited for oral or poster presentation at the conference. Contributors are requested to submit a one abstract typed in single space using Microsoft Word with size 12 Times New Roman.

Please note the following deadlines:

Abstract submission : 31 December 2017
Announcement of paper acceptance : 14 January 2018
Full paper submission : 31 January 2018

Abstracts and full manuscripts should be submitted by Email to: 


This conference will also facilitate company or organization who would like to expose their latest products or services related to palm oil and environment. Attractive sponsorship packages are available to prospective sponsors with interest in promoting their business or causes to more than 400 high-level participants, including business executives, government officials, experts and academia, and professionals.

For information:

Please kindly refer to ICOPE of official  website,


or contact the Secretariat of ICOPE 2018:

Click link below to download 2nd announcement ICOPE 2018 (.pdf)

For further information, please contact:
Secretariat of ICOPE 2016
Mr. Dion Sitepu  Phone: +(62) 8821 425 5811 
Sinarmas Land Plaza, Tower II, 4th Floor
Jalan MH Thamrin no. 51 Jakarta 10350, Indonesia
Email: secretariat@icope-series.com