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

Conferences 16, Jan 2014

12-14 February 2014 | The Stones Hotel, Bali, Indonesia
Oil Palm Cultivation: Becoming a Model for Tomorrow’s Sustainable Agriculture



Producing more food on less land in order to reduce the pressure on deforestation and biodiversity losses, avoiding carbon emission due to land use change while developing new agricultural projects, capturing more carbon in biomass and soils, using agricultural practices with low environmental impacts while optimizing the use of ecological services for achieving high yield, and integrating and supporting smallholders schemes in development projects are some of the characteristics that the society would request to be fulfilled in new models for tomorrow’s sustainable agricultural development. These are also some of the characteristics that have been associated with oil palm during its development in the past decades.

ICOPE 2014, the 4th emblematic international conference dedicated to the oil palm and the environment would be jointly organized by PT. SMART Tbk. Indonesia, WWF Indonesia and Cirad France in Bali next February 12th to 14th, 2014. The main objective of this unique event is to demonstrate how the oil palm industry is developing towards becoming a model for tomorrow’s sustainable agriculture.

Oil Palm as a Model for Sustainable Agriculture: Is it Feasible ?

This oil palm crop ensures high value of the farmers’ land; it has the highest oil production per hectare among other oil bearing crops. Additionally, it produces enormous amount of biomass thus capturing large amount of carbon that could be partially stored in the soil. The genetic makeup of this plant still shows significant potential for improvement in terms of yield, resistance to diseases and both biotic and abiotic stresses.

New commitments and policies made by both governments and plantation companies on deforestation are gearing the plantation industry towards zero deforestation. This would consequently lower the level of biodiversity losses and amount of carbon emissions. Field and mill best practices are also moving towards zero emission targets.

The industry, as a whole, from smallholders to large plantation companies, is increasingly aware of the services provided by the ecosystem for the benefit of oil palm cultivation; this would pave the way for the ecological intensification of oil palm cultivation. Oil palm agro-systems are complex and could coexist with the biodiversity.

These developments have also resulted in the increasing amount of certified sustainable palm oil being produced.  All these arguments lend support for oil palm to become an exemplary model for future sustainable agricultural development.

The 4th ICOPE conference would be a forum for, not only sharing experience and achievements with respect to oil palm and the environment, but also for highlighting remaining issues, challenges and solutions for growers, NGOs, local communities, traders and consumers. The specific objective is to discuss and debate how oil palm cultivation is becoming a model for tomorrow’s sustainable agriculture that encompasses the short, medium and long term visions. Experience from other crops would be shared. Issues faced by a multiple certification systems (RSPO, ISPO, ISCC, MSPO and others) would also be addressed.

Difficulties for local communities to determine their own future i.e. to grow or not to grow oil palm on their land in the light of new environmental standards and pressures would be deliberated.


To highlight environment issues, share experiences and identify solutions and resources for the benefit of the environment and the palm oil industry itself.


  1. Deforestation:How to reach a zero deforestation development.
  2. Contribution of yield improvement to global sustainability.
  3. GHG: How to reach a zero emission palm oil production
  4. Biodiversity: How to manage conserved area; how to enhance biodiversity within plantation as a source of ecosystem services for the benefit of oil palm cultivation.
  5. Smallholders: How to create a sustainable oil palm development for local communities.


There will be papers presented in General Lectures, Technical Sessions, and Posters from reputable scientists from high ranking institutions and organizations. Among them are:

  • Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) Indonesia
  • Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) Commision, Indonesia
  • CENIPALMA, Colombia
  • ANADER, Ivory Coast
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • MPOB, Malaysia
  • James Cook University, Australia
  • Tropica Peat Research Laboratory, Malaysia
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • University of California-Berkeley, USA
  • The Forest Trust (TFT), Switzerland
  • PT REA Kaltim Plantations, Indonesia
  • Palmar del Rio-Epacem, Ecuador


  • Oil palm Planters, Millers, Traders, etc
  • Research Organizations and Universities
  • NGOs involved in environmental and social issues
  • Government Agencies, Institutions, etc


A palm oil exhibition will be accompanying the conference to provide opportunities for participants to view and discuss the equipment, technology and products related to palm oil industry as well as to provide networking opportunities for buyers and sellers. For detail information, enquiry or registration, please contact by email to:

attn. Mr.Suma Nugraha,
Phone: +62 21 3181212

For further information, please contact:
Secretariat of ICOPE 2014:

Maharti Ph: +(62) 856 7402 778 or Yamashita Ph: +(62) 821 1126 9822
Sinar Mas Land Plaza, Tower II, 4 th Floor. Jalan MH. Thamrin no.51, Jakarta 10350 – Indonesia
Email: secretariat@icope-series.com
Phone : +(62) 21 3181 212
Phone : +(62) 21 3181 224
Fax:     +(62) 21 3181 315

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Click link below to download conclusions ICOPE 2014 (.pdf)



Tuesday, 11 February 2014——

14.00 – 18.00 Early Registration

Wednesday, 12 February 2014——

07.00 Registration

08.45 – 10.30 Opening Ceremony

Welcoming Remarks by Organizers

  • Keynote Speech by Vice-Chairman for Agribusiness and Food, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia)
  • Keynote Speech by Minister of Environment of The Republic of Indonesia
  • Keynote Speech by Minister of Forestry of The Republic of The Indonesia
  • Opening Speech by Minister of Agriculture of The Republic of Indonesia

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break/ Poster Presentation/ Exhibition Visit

11.00 – 13.00 Panel Discussion: What model for tomorrow’s sustainable agriculture.

  • Lecturer: P. Caron, CIRAD – France
  • Haryono, IAARD – Indonesia
  • D. Dharsono, PT SMART Tbk. – Indonesia
  • J. I. S. Scovino, CENIPALMA – Colombia
  • W. Foster, University of Cambridge – United Kingdom
  • K. Brou, ANADER – Ivory Coast
  • Erfansyah, WWF – Indonesia*

Moderator: M.R. Chandran – Malaysia


13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break/ Poster Presentation/Exhibition Visit

14.00 – 14.45 Session 1: Deforestation and Conservation

  • High Carbon Stock forest identification and mapping-
    Golden Agri-Resources,Green Peace, The Forest Trust

Moderator: L. Darcy, ZSL, United Kingdom


14.45 – 16.00 Technical Session:

  • The Sustainable Landscape Partnership: An Integrated Approach to Low-Emissions Development in High-Biodiversity Palm Producing Regions (S. Badcock, CI – Indonesia)
  • The Biodiversity Value of Forest Remnants in Oil Palm Dominated Landscapes (M. Struebig, University of Kent – United Kingdom)
  • Environmental and Social Monitoring Systems for Palm Oil Companies, Smallholders and Communities (M. Zrust, ZSL – United Kingdom)

Moderator: I.Gunawan, WWF – Indonesia*


16.00 – 16.20 Coffee Break

16.20 – 17.05 Session 2: Smallholders

  • Strategy of Technology Transfer to Smallholders in the Colombian Oil Palm Sector: Cenipalma’s Experience (J.I.S Scovino – CENIPALMA, Colombia)

Moderator: Witjaksana, IOPRI – Indonesia


17.05 – 18.10 Technical Session

  • The Agricultural Extension in Cote d’Ivoire: The Role of ANADER (Kouame Brou – Anader,Ivory Coast)
  • Towards a multidimensional Assessment Grid of Smallholders’ Oil Palm Plantations: A Preliminary Proposal from SPOP Project (C.Bessou, Cirad, France)
  • Indonesian Revitalization of Smallholder Performance (H.Natawidjaja, Directorate General of Estate Crop, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia)

Moderator: E.Gumbira S., MAKSI – Indonesia


Thursday, 13 February 2014—–

08.30 – 09.20 Session 3.a: Green House Gases emission

Technical Session

  • Methane capture in effluent ponds (P. Andita, PT. Rea Kaltim, Indonesia)
  • Sustainability of Biodiesel (A. Suharto, Neste Oil – Singapore)


09.20 – 10.35 Session 3.b: Green House Gases emission

Technical Session

  • Preliminary Investigation of Energy Flux of Three Ecosystems in Tropical Peatland of Sarawak, Malaysia (Lulie Melling, Tropical Peat Research Laboratory, Malaysia)
  • Ecosystem CO2 Exchange Assessment of Oil Palm Plantations on Mineral Soil (B. Hadiwijaya, SMARTRI, Indonesia)
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Forest Conversion and Oil Palm Cultivation: an Update on Emission Factors (F. Aini & N. Novita, Cifor – Indonesia)

Moderator: E. Gohet, Cirad, France

10.35 – 10.55 Coffee Break

10.55 – 11.40 Session 4: Ecological intensification of oil palm cultivation –

part 1

  • Genetic diversity for Sustainable Development of Oil Palm Industry (Rajanaidu, MPOB-Malaysia)


Moderator: J.P Caliman, PT SMART Tbk – Indonesia

11.40 – 12.55 Technical Session

  • Genetic Diversity of Oil Palm: A Source for Ecological Intensification of Oil Palm in Areas Affected by Bud Rot Disease (J. Barba, Palmar del Rio-Epacem – Ecuador)
  • Water Runoff, Soil Erosion and Nutrient Looses : Impact of Slope and Ground Vegetation (R. Sionita, SMARTRI, Indonesia)
  • Management of Soil Fertility for Sustainable Oil Palm Cultivation (P.Nelson,James Cook University- Australia)

Moderator: E.Turner, University of Cambridge – United Kingdom


12.55 – 14.00 Lunch Break

14.00 – 14.45 Session 5: Ecological intensification of oil palm cultivation –

part 2

  • The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) Project (W.Foster,University of Cambridge-United Kingdom)

Moderator: E. Slade, University of Oxford – United Kingdom


14.45 – 16.00 Technical Session

  • Can Cattle Grazing in Mature Oil Palm Increase Biodiversity and Soil Fertility? (E.Slade,Oxford University- United Kingdom)
  • The Role of beneficial plants on insect diversity and oil palm herbivory (E.Turner, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Understanding the Relationship Between Rat Populations and Small Carnivores in Oil Palm Plantations: Prospects for Sustainable Control of Rats (M. Naim, SMARTRI, Indonesia)

Moderator: C. Bessou, CIRAD, France


16.00 – 16.20 Coffee Break

16.20 – 17.00 Poster Session

Friday, 14 February 2014—–

08.30 – 10.00 Session 6: Convergence of Sustainability Certification systems for palm oil production

Comparison of certification systems (A.Lambaga, Mutu Agung Lestari, Indonesia)

Forum discussion:

  • ISPO (R. Suharto – Indonesia)
  • RSPO (Certification Body)*
  • MSPO*
  • GAPKI*
  • Plantation Company (H.Pasang, PT.SMART,Tbk.-Indonesia)
  • Smallholder Representative (Sutiono – Indonesia)

Moderator: T.Liwang, PT.SMART Tbk – Indonesia


10.00 – 10.20 Coffee Break

10.20 – 10.50 Summary of the Conference

  • Rethinking Multifunctional Roles of Oil Palm Farming (P. Caron, Cirad- France)

10.50 – 11.05 Closing Ceremony (J.P Caliman)

11.05 – End Lunch

Sponsor & Exhibition






1. The Stones Hotel, Legian Bali

  • Deluxe Garden Room: USD 182,- nett
  • Deluxe Pool Room: USD 206,- nett
  • Premium Pool Room: USD 230,- nett
  • Pool Suite Room: USD 351,- nett

Mr. Altaf and Mr. Rendi (Reservation)
Phone : (62 361) 300 5888
Fax : (62 361) 300 5999
Email : altaf@marriott.com
Email : ak.dpsak.reservations@marriott.com

Complimentary Wi-Fi Access included; Airport Transfer starts from IDR 180.000 net/car/way. Rate valid for group period only. Rate valid for 08-17 Feb 2014 only

2. Pullman Hotel & Resort, Bali Legian Nirwana

  • Deluxe Room : IDR 1,450,000 nett
  • Deluxe Room Ocean View : IDR 1,700,000 nett
  • One Bed Suite: IDR 2,300,000 nett

Mr. Santoso
Phone : (62) 361 ? 765466; 762500
Fax : (62) 361 – 765011
Email: h6556-re1@accor.com;

Complimentary Wi-Fi Access included (booking required); Airport Transfer starts from IDR 150.000 net/car/way Rate valid for group period only.

3. Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

  • Deluxe Room : IDR 1,800,000 nett
  • Deluxe Ocean View Room: IDR 2,000,000 nett
  • Ocean Front Suite: IDR 5,200,000 nett

Ms. Febe and Mr. Janu (Reservation)
Phone : (62) 361 – 8465555
Fax : (62) 361 – 8465536
Email: reservations.balikuta@sheraton.com

Complimentary Wi-Fi Access included; Airport Transfer starts from IDR 190.000 (per car per way). Rate valid for group period only. Rate valid for 10-14 Feb 2014 only.

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Online Registration –> [Click here to register ICOPE 2014 Conference]

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 15 December 2013) Fee/Pax (IDR)
  • Individual
Rp. 4,275,000
  • Group – 3 persons or more
Rp. 3,750,000
Normal (Payment 15 December 2013 – 30 January 2014)  
  • Individual
Rp. 5,225,000
  • Group – 3 persons or more
Rp. 4,275,000
Walk In (Payment after 31 January 2014)  
  • Individual/Group
Rp. 6,175,000

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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)

Conserving Forests, Expanding Sustainable Palm Oil Production (2012)

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

Enhancing Sustainable Oil Palm (2007)