ICOPE 2016 – The International Conference on the Oil Palm and the Environment Organised by Cirad, WWF, PT Smart

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

ICOPE 2016 to Offer Innovative Solutions on Sustainable Palm Oil and Climate Change

Following on from the historic COP21 meeting in Paris which reached a global consensus on reducing emissions, the fifth International Conference on Oil Palm and Environment (ICOPE) will focus on offering scientifically-based innovations in the palm oil industry to mitigate climate change.

Organised by PT SMART Tbk in partnership with WWF and CIRAD, ICOPE 2016 will be held in Bali on  March 16-18.  Leading international environmental scientists, senior government officials, civil society and industry representatives, senior researchers and academia are expected to attend the biennial event.

ICOPE 2014, which was attended by more than 350 international participants, recognized the potential of the palm oil sector to become a model for sustainable agriculture. ICOPE 2016 will now focus on making the palm oil industry a leader in climate change mitigation through scientific solutions.

The conference is particularly timely in light of increasingly severe weather phenomena such as the El Nino of 2015 which contributed to the haze crisis in Southeast Asia. There will be a special panel session on adapting to and minimising the fallout from El Nino.

ICOPE is now a major forum in which scientists and deciders highlight environmental issues and share experiences in order to identify solutions. Our focus is to make ICOPE a platform for research and innovation where scientific approaches lead to new viable alternatives on the ground.

ICOPE 2016 will include presentations, posters and panellist sessions on the following key topics:

  • How to reduce emissions from new development of oil palm vis-a-vis the High Carbon Stock (HCS) approach in forest conservation policies.
  • Challenges facing smallholders and local populations.
  • How to reduce emissions in oil palm cultivation, with a special focus on fertilizers management.
  • How to reduce emissions from fruit processing, while monitoring the energy profile of mills, methane capture development and regulations.
  • How to increase carbon fixation in the oil palm agro-system with particular emphasis on soil carbon fixation and the huge potential of palm oil biomass production.How palm oil will benefit from the development of second-generation biofuel.
  • How oil palm can adapt to climate change in order to maintain its outstanding productivity.

Abstracts and full manuscripts should be submitted by Email to:


Attn. Mr Yong Yit Yuan


Dr. Jean-Pierre Caliman

Dr. Prof. Alain Rival

Published: 11/02/2016

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