Enhancing Sustainable Oil Palm

Conferences 06, Nov 2007

14-15 November 2007 |  Bali, Indonesia
Enhancing Sustainable Oil Palm



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.

Legislation 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.

  • 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.


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



14 November 2007

02.00 pm – 05.00 pm

Early Registration (Lobby of Grand Hyatt Hotel)

15 November 2007

07.30 am – 09.00 am


09.00 am – 10.00 am

Opening Ceremony

  • Welcoming Remarks by Chairman of Organizing Committee
  • Opening Remarks and Keynote Speech by Minister of Agriculture of Republic of Indonesia followed by other ceremonies

10.00 am – 10.30 am

Coffee Break / Poster Presentation / Exhibition Visit

10.30 am 12.00 pm

General Lecture I

(Regulation and Norm)

  • Masnellyarti Hilman – Deputy Ministry of Environment of Republic of Indonesia
  • Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil: Delivering on a promise
    Jan Kees Vis – President of RSPO

Moderator: M.R. Chandran – Advisor to RSPO Executive Board

12.00 am – 01.00 pm

Lunch Break / Poster Presentation / Exhibition Visit

01.00 pm – 02.15 pm

Technical Session I (Regulation and Norm)

  • Governing through standards. Standardization devices in the governance of sustainable development
    M Djama – CIRAD France
  • The Contribution of Regulation, Standards and Norms to Sustainable Development of Oil Palm Business
    Chan Kook Weng – Malaysian Palm Oil Board
  • Position of banks about environment
    Wanda Kim – UBS Bank

Moderator: Rosediana Suharto – Indonesian Palm Oil Board

02.15 pm – 03.30 pm

General Lecture II (Palm Oil Expansion)

  • Landscape ecology as a contribution to sustainable agriculture projects
    Patrick Giraudoux – University of Franche-Comte
  • Optimal use of The HCVF framework to guide spatial planning on oil palm plantation development
    Gary Paoli – HCV Working Group

Moderator: Mubariq Ahmad – WWF Indonesia

03.30 pm – 03.45 pm

Coffee Break / Poster Presentation / Exhibition Visit

03.45 pm – 05.25 pm

Technical Session II (Oil Palm Expansion)

  • Green Ologbo, an example of action research for an integrated project in sustainable oil palm production
    Aude Verwilghen – CIRAD France
  • Climate Change, Deforestation and the Role of Sustainable Palm Oil
    Fitrian Ardiansyah – WWF Indonesia
  • Reducing carbon emissions from Indonesia-s oil palm sector
    Anne Casson – World Bank
  • Management of oil palm on sandy soils in Central Kalimantan
    S. Paramananthan – Param Agricultural Soil Survey Sdn. Bhd, Malaysia

Moderator: Jatna Supriatna – Conservation International

16 November 2007

08.30 am – 09.10 am

General Lecture III (Oil Palm Existing Operation)

Gurmit Singh – United Plantation

Moderator: Maruli Gultom – Astra, Indonesia

09.10 am – 10.25 am

Technical Session III (Oil Palm Existing Operation)

  • Can oil palm play a role in mammal conservation-
    T. Maddox – Zoological Society of London, UK
  • A review of Potentially Beneficial Reptile, Bird and Mammal Species in Oil Palm Plantations
    L.P. Koh and L.T. Gan – Princeton University / Musimas
  • Biological Control and Protection of the Environment in the Indonesian Oil Palm Plantations: Retrospectives and Perspectives
    R. Desmier de Chenon – Ex CIRAD, Australia

Moderator: Kee Khan Kiang – Applied Agricultural Research, Malaysia

10.25 am – 10.40 am

Coffee Break / Poster Presentation / Exhibition Visit

10.40 am – 11.25 am

General Lecture IV (Research and Development)

  • INDIGO- Palm Method Based on Agro-Ecological Indicators to Assess The Environmental Sustainability of Oil Palm Plantation
    Philippe Girardin – French National Research Institute for Agronomy

Moderator: J.G. Bertault – CIRAD France

11.25 am – 01.30 pm

Lunch Break / Friday Prayer / Poster Presentation / Exhibition Visit

01.30 pm – 03.05 pm

Technical Session IV (Research and Development)

  • Impact of legume covers and palm chips on soil nutrient losses in oil palm replants
    Arif Sugandi – Applied Agriculture Research, Malaysia
  • Recovery Rates of Nitrogen Fertiliser Applied on Peat Soils in Differing Soil Characteristics and Landuse
    Benito Heru Purwanto – Gadjah Mada University / Yamagata University
  • Detection of Genetic Resistance to Anticoagulant in Rats Using Molecular Technique and Its Implications in Rodent Control in Oil Palm Plantations
    Romain Lasseur – Liphatech SAS
  • Greenhouse gas emission from oil palm on tropical peat land
    Lulie Melling – Malaysia

Moderator: J.L. Battini – CIRAD France

03.05 pm – 03.50 pm

General Lecture V (Environmental Economic)
Emil Salim – University of Indonesia

Moderator: Timotheus Lesmana – Eka Tjipta Foundation

03.50 pm – 04.05 pm

Coffee Break / Poster Presentation / Exhibition Visit

04.05 pm – 05.00 pm

Technical Session V (Environmental Economic)

  • Challenge to climate change in Malaysian palm oil industry Minato Wakisaka – Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan Releasing value streams through CDM methane capture project
    Jason Yapp – AES AgriVerde

Moderator: Derom Bangun – Chairman of GAPKI

05.00 pm – 05.20 pm Summary of the Conference

05.20 pm Closing Ceremony

Sponsor & Exhibition



  • PT BNP Paribas Securities Indonesia
  • PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk
  • PT UBS Securities Indonesia


  • PT Probesco
  • Modipalm Engineering Sdn. Bhd.
  • PT Rolimex Kimia Nusamas


  • The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd
  • PT Bank BNI Tbk
  • PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk
  • OCBC Bank
  • PT Altrak 1978
  • PT United Tractors Tbk
  • PT Bank Permata Tbk
  • PT Kaltimex Energy


  • PT Bank Ekspor Indonesia (Persero)
  • PT Bank Lippo Tbk
  • CIMB-GK Securities Pte. Ltd.
  • PT Indotruck Utama
  • Pusat Penelitian Kelapa Sawit


  • PT Indotruck Utama
  • Group Sejahtera
  • PT Syngenta Indonesia
  • Total Drive Transmission Sdn. Bhd.
  • PT Kaltimex Energy
  • PT Dharma Guna Wibawa
  • PT Foresta Transtek
  • PT Agrotama Tunas Sarana
  • PT Technindo COntromata
  • BSH Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances Group
  • PT Traktor Nusantara
  • Asia Green Environmental Sdn. Bhd.
  • IBG Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd.
  • T&C Indomal Sdn. Bhd.
  • PT Daya Kobelco Construction Machinery Indonesia
  • Emdek Sdn. Bhd.
  • TUV Rheinland Group
  • PT Westfalia Indonesia



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The recommended hotels nearby the venues are:

  • The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua
  • The Westin Resort Nusa Dua
  • Melia Bali Villa & Spa Resort, Nusa Dua
  • Grand Mirage Resort, Nusa Dua
  • Inna Putri Bali, Nusa Dua
  • Discovery Kartika Plaza, Kuta

Looking forward to see you in Bali

Learn more about our past conferences

Embracing Sustainable Palm Oil: Solutions for Local Production and Global Change (2018)

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)