Embracing Sustainable Palm Oil: Solutions for Local Production and Global Change

Conferences 26, Feb 2018

25-27 April 2018 | Bali, Indonesia
Embracing Sustainable Palm Oil: Solutions for Local Production and Global Change



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:

  1. RSPO’s commitment as evidenced by its development of continually improving standards for sustainable palm oil through its principles and criteria. 2.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 latestproducts or services related to palm oil and environment. Attractive sponsorship packages areavailable 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 3rd announcement ICOPE 2018 (.pdf)


For further information, please contact:
Secretariat of ICOPE 2018
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



Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Opening Ceremony

Session 1. General Lectures

1. Green commodity programme
(P. Bonzom, UNDP, USA)
2. The state of sustainable markets Download abstract
(G. Sampson, ITC, Switzerland)

Session 2. The role of oil palm in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

1. The potential role of oil palm in achieving the UN-SDG objectives in Indonesia
(Dato Makhdzir Mardan, CPOPC, Malaysia*)

2. The role and contribution of oil palm in achieving the UN SDGs in Colombia

(J.C Espinoza, Fedepalma, Colombia*)
3. Case of Ivory Coast (*)
4. Case of Nigeria  Download abstract
(O.H. Gbenga, Nigeria)

Thursday, 26th April 2018

Session 3. Smallholder: Reaching sustainability

1. National Action Plan for Sustainable Palm Oil, The Indonesian Palm Oil Platform – FoKSBI
(R. Indrayanti, UNDP, Indonesia)
2. Strategies to sustaining RSPO certification Download abstract
(Rosyani, Jambi University, Indonesia)
3. Slash and burn prevention programme Download abstract
(S. Yang, PT SMART Tbk, Indonesia)
4. Big data-informed sustainability of smallholders
(Yu-Leng KHOR, Malaysia)
5. Oil palm plantations in Indonesia and surrounding households’ food security and poverty: PERENA Project inception Download abstract
(A. Suwa-Eisenmann, Inra, France)
6.Indonesia smallholder replanting programme*

Session 4a. Carbon footprint for oil palm plantation

1. Carbon farming initiative: Australia case
(A. Mc Bratney, University of Sydney, Australia*)
2. Carbon footprint reduction through innovative POME treatment Download abstract
(A. Soininen, Neste, Finland)
3. Carbon footprint reduction from POME Download abstract
(Erwinsyah, Indraprasta University PGRI, Indonesia))
4. LCA of palm oil: GHG and biodiversity mitigation options Download abstract
(J. Schmidt, LCA Consultant, Denmark)

Session 4b. Water footprint for oil palm plantations

1. Water footprint of oil palm plantation Download abstract
(L.T. Gan, Musim Mas, Indonesia)
2. Impact of ETP calculation method on water footprint  Download abstract
(J. Jupesta, PT SMART Tbk, Indonesia)

Session 5. Organic waste recycling in plantation: Ecological potential

1. EFB application on soil biological fertility Download abstract
(H. Tao, Taiwan)
2. Composting of EFB + POME Download abstract
(J. Supriatna, PT Austindo, Indonesia)

Session 6. Nitrogen cycle and the environment: Maximizing efficiency of N-fertilisers

1. General nitrogen balance in oil palm agro-system Download abstract
(L. Pardon, France)
2. Nitrogen losses through major soil pathways of oil palm in rolling terrain Download abstract
(P. Hong Chuan Ng, AAR, Malaysia)
3. Nitrogen losses through N2O emissions after N-fertiliser applications Download abstract
(E. Testiati, PT SMART Tbk, Indonesia)
4. IN-Palm: an indicator to assess potential N losses in oil palm plantations Download abstract
(L. Pardon, France)

Session 7. Ecosystem services: Deserving more recognition for their contributions to oil palm plantations

1. Designing oil palm landscape for maximum biodiversity and ecosystem function
(J. Bicknell, University of Kent, United Kingdom)
2. Linking ecosystem services and sustainable palm oil Download abstract
(B. Sahari, Astra Agro Lestari, Indonesia)
3. Beneficial plants at replanting Download abstract
(J. Hinsch, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
4. Importance of ants Download abstract
(A. Hood, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
5. Interactions between oil palm and pollinator insect E. kamerunicus Download abstract
(L. Ollivier, CIRAD France)

Friday, 27thApril 2018

Session 8. Ecosystem conservation and restoration for an integration of oil palm in the landscape

1. Restoration of peat ecosystem (*)
2. The Oil Palm Adaptative Landscape (OPAL) project
(A. R. Zarate, Nes Naturaleza, Colombia*)
3. Restoration of riparian area Download abstract
(E. Turner, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Session 9. Sustainability Outlook: Is the future market for sustainable palm oil?

1. The European Commission study on the environmental impact
(J. Fry, LMC, United Kingdom)
2. European market for sustainable palm oil
(E. Esselink, EASPO, Netherlands*)

Session 10. Towards a global consensus on palm oil sustainability standards

1. M. Bucki, European Union Delegation to Indonesia
2. RSPO*
3. ISPO, Indonesia*
4. MSPO, Malaysia*
5. A. Feige, ISCC, Germany

Session 11. New technologies for tomorrows oil palm cultivation

1. New technologies for precision agriculture: : (S. ISMAEL, ITU, Indonesia)
2. Artificial Intelligence: Current development and prospects in agriculture
(A. Jalivert, Carbon Bee, France)

Summary of the Conference and Closing Remarks

*) to be confirmed

Click link below to download conference programme ICOPE 2018 (.pdf)


Sponsor & Exhibition

















ICOPE offers you a high impact promotional opportunity and provides a commercial platform to the segmented market, the palm oil agribusiness players. Sponsors will have an incredible amount of presence and in conjunction with the exhibitions; it will give your company optimum exposure and also opportunity for conference participants to meet you and to find out more about your business opportunities. In addition, mention of sponsorship will be made during media communication.

ICOPE is a unique tool for sponsors to show their commitment toward the production of sustainable palm oil production.

Sponsorship offers exclusive branding, prior and during the seminar. Sponsors will have its logo displayed on conference website, printed materials, banners and much more. We also offer exhibition booths to promote your product.

For detail information, enquiry or registration, please contact by email to:

attn. Mr. Suma Nugraha / Mr. Hanif Falah
Phone: +(62) 813 84240962 / +(62) 856 50908788

Click link below to download ICOPE 2018 SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM (.pdf)




1. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali

  • Deluxe Garden: IDR 2,100,000 nett
  • Deluxe Pool: IDR 2,300,000 nett
  • Premium: IDR 2,600,000 nett
  • Westin Suite: IDR 4,700,000 nett

Mr. Agus Hadi / Ms Lilik Desyanthi
Phone : (62) 361 – 771906
Fax : (62) 361 – 772049
Email : 00035.groups@westin.com

Complimentary Wi-Fi Access included; Airport Transfer starts from IDR 240.000 net/car/way. Rate valid for group period only.

2. Nusa Dua Beach Hotel

  • Deluxe Room : IDR 1,700,000 nett
  • Premier Room: IDR 1,900,000 nett
  • Palace Club Room: IDR 2,600,000 nett
  • Palace Club Suite: IDR 3,600,000 nett

Mr. Sudiantara
Phone : (62) 361 -771210
Fax : (62) 361 -772617
Email: reservations@nusaduahotel.com sudiantara@nusaduahotel.com

Complimentary Wi-Fi Access included; Airport Transfer starts from IDR 240.000 (per car per way). Rate valid for group period only.

3. Courtyard by Marriott Bali Nusa Dua Resort

  • Deluxe Garden : IDR 1,450,000 nett
  • Deluxe Pool View: IDR 1,650,000 nett
  • Premium Deluxe Room: IDR 2,050,000 nett

Phone : (62) 361 -3003888
Email: tiffany.tiffany@courtyard.com 

Complimentary Wi-Fi Access included; Shuttle service to BICC Airport transfer rate IDR 275.000 nett/car/way. Rate valid for group period only

4. Sofitel Hotels and Resorts

  • Luxury Room : IDR 2,500,000 nett
  • Luxury Room Ocean View : IDR 3,100,000 nett
  • Luxury Room Plunge Pool : IDR 3,400,000 nett

Ms.Lolla Mercylia
Phone : (62) 361 – 8492888
Email: sl4@sofitelbalinusadua.com 

Complimentary Wi-Fi Access included; Airport transfer starts from IDR 240.000 nett/car/way. Rate valid for group period only

Click link below to download ICOPE 2018 HOTEL RESERVATION FORM (.pdf)



 For online payment and registration   

or download the registration form [download] and fax or email back to:
Fax: (62) 21 318 1315 Email: registration@icope-series.com

To complete the registration process, please proceed to pay the conference fee to this bank account:

Maybank Cab. Thamrin – Jakarta
Rupiah Account (IDR) : 2-003-01404-6
US Dollar Account (USD) : 2-003-03609-2
Swift code : IBBKIDJA


Conference Fee and Payment Method

Early Bird (Payment before 28 February 2018) Fee/Pax (IDR)
  • Individual
Rp. 4,500,000
  • Group – 3 persons or more
Rp. 3,750,000
Normal (Payment before 20 April 2018)
  • Individual
Rp. 6,250,000
  • Group – 3 persons or more
Rp. 5,000,000
Walk In (Payment after 20 April 2018)
  • Individual/Group
Rp. 7,500,000

For registration please click here

Learn more about our past conferences

Sustainable Palm Oil and Climate Change: The Way Forward Through Mitigation and Adaptation (2016)

Oil Palm Cultivation: Becoming a Model for Tomorrow’s Sustainable Agriculture (2014)

Conserving Forests, Expanding Sustainable Palm Oil Production (2012)

Measurement and Mitigation of Environmental Impact of Palm Oil Production (2010)

Enhancing Sustainable Oil Palm (2007)