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Biodiversity Management in Production Forest, A New Way for Conservation



Posted on 19 August 2011
Jakarta – For the first time in Indonesia, a natural forest concession succeeded in developing an integrated plan for production and endangered species conservation management, especially orangutan, through sustainable forest management scheme approach. This achievement is celebrated today and marked by the official sustainable forest management certificate grant from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to PT. Suka Jaya Makmur, a concession located in Ketapang, West Kalimantan. FSC certificate is given to forestry companies worldwide that have high commitment in doing their business by paying attention to ecological, production and social aspects.

According to WWF - Indonesia survey on 2010, PT SJM's concession covering 171,340 hectare is believed to be an important habitat for around 600 – 700 orangutans under Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii subspecies.

Ministry of Forestry’s Bina Usaha Kehutanan (BUK) Director General Iman Santoso on his remark speech this morning at the event said, ”I really appreciate PT. Suka Jaya Makmur and multi shareholders efforts, because this is the first time in Indonesia where a natural forest concession succeeded in integrating natural utilization and sustainability aspects on its production forest management plan, for orangutan conservation. This shows that sustainable forest production is not an easy thing to do, especially to support biodiversity conservation efforts outside protection area. I hope that such management system can be replicate in similar concessions in Indonesia.”

WWF survey showed that so long as logging activity is implemented in sustainable ways, orangutan food trees are protected, and poaching threats controlled, orangutans can live well in good production forest.

Since 2009, WWF – Indonesia through the Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN) Indonesia and Species program started to work with PT. SJM in developing company’s management plan to create harmonization between operational/ production and conservation of orangutan population inside the concession. This partnership is in line with the FSC certification that requires conservation and sustainable management of relevant concession. In this partnership, WWF facilitated survey on orangutan nests, food trees as well as daily orangutan activity range. The result from this survey was integrate in company’s timber production management plan and adopted in company’s policy, for example, in PT SJM standard operational procedures.

It is believed that the total Kalimantan Orangutan population is 54,000. The biggest threat for this primate is habitat loss by human activities such as forest extraction for plantation, agriculture, mining and housing. The habitat loss caused constant decreasing of Kalimantan’s orangutan number and spread. Currently orangutan population extend not only inside conservation area, but also in the outside, including production forest.

”The partnership with natural forest managers is the significant and strategic element for biodiversity conservation in Indonesia that need to be supported and developed. WWF-Indonesia is proud to give contribution for the integrated management plan development between production and orangutan conservation in Indonesia,” said WWF – Indonesia CEO Dr. Efransjah.” The partnership with PT. Suka Jaya Makmur is proved to be able to encourage environment values such as protected species existence and local community welfare/ forest dependants who live in the forest, could live in harmony with company’s timber production”, he added.

"The FSC certificate achievement is a form of commitment and consistency from all of the parties. The balance between the needs of raw materials from natural forests for the long term and the sustainable conservation should be maintained ", said PT. Suka Jaya Makmur Vice Deputy Director Handjaja. "The harmonization of nature includes protected species, local communities and the sustainability of natural forest itself," he continued.

"The fact that 70 percent of current Borneo orangutans live outside protected areas, including in forest production, is not widely known. Likewise, the presence and distribution of orangutan populations in production forests, "said WWF-Indonesia's Species Program Coordinator Chairul Saleh. According to him, destruction and shrinkage of orangutan habitat have been so great, that commitment from the production forest concession owner's to participate on conserving orangutans in their production plan gives great hope for the conservation of orangutans in the future.

WWF Indonesia through its Global Forest & Trade Network in Indonesia has 32 members working at the site level to encourage sustainable forest management. GFTN also facilitate trade links between companies that are committed to sustainable forest development, supporting responsible forestry sector as well as the acquisition of the FSC certificate. In the spirit of conservation and the implementation of Best Management Practice (BMP), GFTN approach companies under their facilitation.

For further information please contact:
1. Aditya Bayunanda, GFTN – Indonesia Coordinator, abayunanda@wwf.or.id +62 818 265 588
2. Dita Ramadhani, Communication & Networking Officer GFTN – Indonesia WWF-Indonesia, dramadhani@wwf.or.id +62821 100 79992
3. IBW Putra, PPL Manager & Certification Coordinator of Alas Kusuma Group, phalas@cbn.net.id, +62 812 811 0004
4. Chairul Saleh, Species Program Director WWF – Indonesia, csaleh@wwf.or.id +62 811 102 902

Notes for editor :
WWF-Indonesia
WWF-Indonesia is an independent part of WWF’s network and its affiliations and is a global conservation organization that works in 100 countries in the world. WWF-Indonesia vision is Indonesia’s biodiversity for the welfare of today and future generation. WWF-Indonesia mission includes: promotion of strong conservation ethics; awareness as well as action among Indonesian people; facilitation as multi stakeholders to protect biodiversity and ecological process in eco-regional scale; to advocate policy, regulation and law enforcement that support conservation; and conservation promotion for people’s welfare through sustainable natural resources. (www.wwf.or.id)

Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN)
GFTN-Indonesia is one of the WWF’s initiatives to eliminate illegal logging and to support forest management improvement by facilitating trade network between committed companies in achieving and supporting responsible forestry. GFTN highly valued the independent and multi stakeholders based forest certification as important tool in driving forest management and responsible timber products trade in entire supply chain. GFTN-Indonesia currently has 38 company members (12 HPH / HTI and 26 trade industries) (www.wwf.or.id/gftn)

PT. Suka Jaya Makmur
Natural forest IUPHHK (License to Utilize Timber Forest Products) PT. Suka Jaya Makmur, a subsidiary of the Alas Kusuma Group is engaged in the management of natural forest with an area of 171.340 ha. Suka Jaya Makmur concession is located in Ketapang, West Kalimantan. There are more than 600 orangutans estimated inside the SJM concession.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). FSC is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization established to promote the sustainable forest management around the world. (www.fsc.org ).