Optimising Oil Palm Lifescape for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Conferences 01, Oct 2019

15-17 April 2020 – Bali, Indonesia
Optimising Oil Palm Lifescape for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services



The 7th event of ICOPE, the International Conference on Oil Palm and the Environment is scheduled to take place from 15th to 17th April 2020 in Bali-Indonesia with the theme: Optimising the Oil Palm Lifescape for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services., Alarming reports of the global decline in biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems health, functions and services are making headlines in the news and social media today. Such environmental issues have captured the interest and attention of the public and are currently dominating the agenda of international institutions, international governmental forums, international and national events, as well as the scientific community and civil societies around the world. With climate change and its impacts, tragic at times, becoming more obvious and encompassing all aspects of our daily lives, the future generations seek answers from our leaders that our planet and people are safe and not heading towards a catastrophic future.

We acknowledge that the consequences of climate change and ecosystem health would also impact oil palm performance and the future of the industry built on this versatile and highly productive plant.

The development of pests and diseases, the capacity to reach and maintain the potential production of the palms, the capacity for developing novel and highly productive planting materials, are all inter-related and dependent on the good health of the oil palm agro-system, from the soil to the atmosphere, as well as the good functioning of ecosystems surrounding plantations. The frequency and intensity of extreme climate events are already affecting the performance of the crop and the situation is not expected to improve if no immediate corrective actions are implemented.

All is not doom and gloom for oil palm. The conservation of High Conservation Value and High Carbon Stock areas, implementation of integrated pest management and conservation of soil properties, are all increasingly adopted as part of responsible palm oil development. Research is being pursued including acquiring new knowledge of the ecosystem functions and services in oil palm plantations. There are still innovations to be tested, such as formulating complex oil palm agro-system by adopting new practices and plantation designs.

Since its inception in 2007, ICOPE has brought together the civil and professional societies, governments, institutions, academics and researchers around a common platform. ICOPE 2020 aims to prepare the oil palm industry for the next decade, in line with the United Nations’ objective to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. ICOPE 2020 ambition is to identify ways in which the sector can positively contribute to the UN Decade of Ecosystems Restoration, to the new pro-nature objectives expected to be agreed at the 2020 COP15 of the IPCC on Biodiversity for the next decade and the 2020 IUCN World Conservation Congress, while considering the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture implementation.

The three day conference will cover:

  • Mapping the global effort of the oil palm industry for biodiversity protection. Highlighting the future role of oil palm companies to conserve and promote biodiversity.
  • Addressing the various roles played by local, regional and national governments, local communities and civil society in advocating for and actually conserving biodiversity.
  • Presenting the role of science to evaluate the benefits of biodiversity, and to test and propose more sustainable practices.
  • Discussing the place of biodiversity in certification (ISCC, ISPO, MSPO, RSPO, …)
  • Debating the impact of EU and other consumer countries initiatives (the positive and negative consequences, and the possible side effects, …).
  • Sharing knowledge of ecosystem services in oil palm plantation: identification, measurement, conservation, enhancement, and restoration. This will include, but not limited to fauna, flora and their interactions, from large species to micro-organisms, as well as the potential of oil palm cultivation for GHG remediation (soil organic carbon, biomass valorization).
  • Disseminating experience of good agricultural practices towards the ecological intensification of oil palm cultivation while giving recognition to the genetic adaptability of oil palm and the importance of agro-ecological principles.
  • And many more.
The sessions will be managed with six formats of presentations and discussions:
  • General lectures.
  • Scientific presentations.
  • Technical presentations.
  • Posters with pitch presentation.
  • Posters.
  • Panel discussion.
Call for papers

Papers are invited for oral or poster presentations at the conference.

Contributors are requested to submit an extended abstract (*).

Please send your abstract to publication@icope-series.com.

Several posters will be selected and proposed for pitch presentation to support technical presentations.

Please note the following deadlines:

  • Abstract submission : 15 December 2019
  • Announcement of paper acceptance : 5 January 2020
  • Full paper submission : 01 March 2020

(*): we expect extended abstracts with inclusion of objectives, approach and methods, results and conclusion, to be 1 to 2 pages length.

Further information

ICOPE 2020 is organised by Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food, CIRAD-France and WWF Indonesia. For more information please visit our website: www.icope-series.com or email to secretariat@icope-series.com

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)

Enhancing Sustainable Oil Palm (2007)