Measurement and Mitigation of Environmental Impact of Palm Oil Production

Conferences 26, Aug 2010

23-25 February 2010 | The Stones Hotel, Bali, Indonesia
Measurement and Mitigation of Environmental Impact of Palm Oil Production



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.


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.


  1. Oil palm and climate change (the carbon balance and carbon footprint of palm oil production for food and energy utilization)
  2. Oil palm and biodiversity (deforestation issue)
  3. Measurement of environmental impact of oil palm plantations (agro-environmental indicator, etc)
  4. Ecological intensification of oil palm plantation
  5. Smallholders and the environment


  • Oil palm planters, millers, traders, etc
  • Research Organizations and Universities
  • NGOs involved in Environmental issues
  • Government Agencies


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:

For further information, please contact:
Secretariat of ICOPE 2010:

Sinar Mas Land Plaza, Tower II, 4 th Floor. Jalan MH. Thamrin no.51, Jakarta 10350 – Indonesia
Phone : +(62) 21 3181 212
Phone : +(62) 21 3181 224
Fax:     +(62) 21 3181 315

Click link below to download conclusions ICOPE 2010 (.pdf)



Monday, 22 February 2010—–

15.00 Early Registration

Tuesday, 23 February 2010—–

08.00 Registration

09.00 Opening Ceremony

  • Welcoming Remarks by Chairman of Organizing Committee
  • Opening Speech by Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Indonesia
  • Keynote Speech by Minister of Environment, Republic of Indonesia

10.00 Coffee Break/Poster Presentation/Exhibition Visit

10.30 Issues Update

  • Climate Change & Copenhagen Accord – Amanda Katili, Indonesia

Moderator: Daniel Rembeth – JAKARTA POST, Indonesia

11.00 Panel Discussion

Key topic 1: Oil Palm and Climate Change


  • Masnellyarti Hilman – Ministry for the Environment, Indonesia
  • Gatot Irianto – IAARD, Indonesia
  • Hadi S. Alikodra – Indonesia
  • Etienne Hainzelin – CIRAD, France
  • Derom Bangun – IPOB, Indonesia
  • Jan Kees Vis – RSPO, Malaysia

Moderator: Daniel Rembeth – JAKARTA POST, Indonesia

13.00 Lunch Break

14.30 General Lecture

Key topic 2: Oil Palm and Biodiversity

  • Environmental Issues of Expanding Oil Palm Production in Forest Areas
    Jeffrey Sayer – IUCN, Switzerland

Moderator: JG Bertault – CIRAD, France

15.30 Coffee Break/Poster Presentation/Exhibition Visit

16.00 Technical Session

Key topic 2: Oil Palm and Biodiversity

  • Land Swap Project ? Moray McLeish et. al., World Resources Institute (WRI), USA
  • HCV and the RSPO: Challenges for the High Conservation Value Approach to Mitigate Biodiversity Losses in Oil Palm – Gary Paoli, HCV Network, UK
  • Strengthening the Capacity of the Palm Oil Industry to Mitigate its Impact on Biodiversity – Sophie Persey and Syahrial Anhar, Zoological Society of London, UK
  • Ecosystem Based Spatial Planning As a Guide for the Precautionary Approach to Conservation of HCV Areas in Sumatra – Hermien Roosita and Barano Siswa Sulistyawan, Ministry for the Environment of Republic Indonesia and WWF Indonesia

Moderator: Nazir Foead, WWF Indonesia

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

08.30 General Lecture

  • Key topic 3: Measurement of Environmental Impact of Oil Palm Plantations
  • The Utility of Flux Observations for Measuring the Environmental Impact of Oil Palm Plantations
    Jason Beringer – Monash University, Australia

Moderator: P. Girardin

09.30 Coffee Break/Poster Presentation/Exhibition Visit

10.00 Technical Session

Key topic 3: Measurement of environmental impact of oil palm plantations

  • Estimating Carbon Footprint from Bio-fuel Production in Oil Palm: Methodology and Results from Two Sites in Indonesia – Sonya Dewi, Meine Van Noordwijk et. al. , World Agro-forestry Centre, ICRAF Southeast Asia, Indonesia
  • Building Trust, Governance and Integrity in GHG Accounting and Overcoming Issues – Chan Kook Weng, MPOB, Malaysia
  • ISOM-Palm: An Indicator of Soil Quality and Soil Carbon Fixation Trend – Pujianto, JP Caliman, et. al., SMARTRI, Indonesia
  • The Greenhouse Gas Savings Challenges and Potential of Malaysian Palm Oil-from a Life Cycle Assessment Perspective- Ng F. Y. et. al., MPOB, Malaysia

Moderator: Witjaksana – IOPRI, Indonesia

12.00 Lunch Break

13.30 General Lecture

Key topic 4: Ecological intensification of oil palm plantations

Robert Habib – CIRAD, France

Moderator: Chan Kok Weng – MPOB, Malaysia

14.30 Coffee Break/Poster Presentation/Exhibition Visit

15.00 Technical Session

Key Topic 4: Ecological intensification of oil palm plantations

  • A role for biotechnologies in the improvement of oil palm sustainability – Alain RIVAL, CIRAD BioS-UMR DIAPC, France
  • Floral Biodiversity in Established Oil Palm Plantation – JP Caliman, SMARTRI, Indonesia
  • Bioconversion of PKM as a Business Symbiosis with Palm Oil Industry: A Modern Industrial Ecologist Approach – S. Hem, et. al., IRD, Indonesia

Moderator: Hernan Mauricio Romero – Cenipalma, Colombia

Thursday, 25 February 2010

08.30 General Lecture

Key topic 5: Smallholders and the Environment

  • An Assessment Tool and Integrated Index for Sustainable Oil Palm Production
    Geraldo Rodriguez – EMBRAPA, Brazil

Moderator: Asril Darussamin, RSPO Indonesia Liaison Office, Indonesia

09.30 Coffee Break/Poster Presentation/Exhibition Visit

10.00 Technical Session

Technical Session 5: Smallholders and the Environment

  • Implementation of RSPO P&C for Smallholders – Aryo Gustomo, RSPO Certification Body
  • Oil Palm Smallholder Sector in Africa: The Cameroon Case –George Ngando, IRAD, Cameroon
  • Smallholder Environmental Practice in Oil Palm in Indonesia – Asril Darussamin, RSPO Indonesia Liaison Office, Indonesia
  • Challenges to Certification for Smallholders and Practical Solutions – Iman Nawireja and Charlie Ross, RSPO Certification Body

Moderator: Eric Gohet – CIRAD, France

11.50 Summary of the Conference

12.15 Closing

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Our Exhibitors:

– PT Sinwa Perdana Mandiri
– PT Alfa Laval Indonesia
– PT Altrak 1978
– WWF Indonesia
– Pusat Penelitian Kelapa Sawit
– PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk
– PT Rolimex Kimia Nusamas
– DuPont
– PT Probesco Disatama
– PT Saraswati Anugerah Makmur
– CHD Engineering Sdn Bhd
– World Resources Institute and Sarala
– PT Mugi – Avery Weightronix Precisa
– Indonesia Eximbank
– SMART Telecom
– PT Dami Mas Sejahtera
– Suvenir Shop
– Info Sawit
– PT Lautan Luas Tbk/Hydro Hitech Optima




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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
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Conference Fee and Payment Method

Early Bird (Payment before 15 February 2010) Fee/Pax (IDR)
  • Individual
Rp. 3,500,000
  • Group – 3 persons or more
Rp. 4,500,000

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  • The Organizing Committee should receive the payment in FULL AMOUNT (All bank charges should be prepaid)
  • Accommodation is not included in the conference fee.
  • Please Fax or Email proof of payment when paid

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)

Enhancing Sustainable Oil Palm (2007)