First ever Papua lowland concession achieves international forest management certificate (FSC®)

PRESS RELEASE – Jakarta, 22 March 2016

First ever Papua lowland forest concession achieves international forest management certificate (FSC®)

On 3 March 2016 the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) awarded its certificate for responsible forest management to PT. Wijaya Sentosa, a forest concession managing 130,775 ha in Teluk Wondama District of Papua Barat Province, Indonesia. This puts for the first time ever FSC-certified merbau wood on the market, an important wood species for outdoor applications in export markets.

PT Wijaya Sentosa forest is prime habitat for Birds of paradise as well as for various critically endangered cuscus species e.g. the black-spotted cuscus (Spilocuscus rufoniger) and the Biak spotted cuscus (Spilocuscus wilsoni).

“It took strong determination to take all steps necessary to achieve FSC certification” explains Mr Sugijanto Soewadi, Director of PT Wijaya Sentosa, “but it helps us greatly to consolidate trade relations with our overseas buyers. “

PT Wijaya Sentosa employs 360 workers altogether. It produces 165,000 cu.m. of roundwood from an annual harvest area of 3,900 Ha. Production consists for 30 % of merbau logs (Instia bijuga, Instia acuminate, Instia palembanica), a premium wood species with high appreciation in the market for outdoor applications (decking). The remaining 70 % of logs consist of mixed hardwood species mostly processed to become plywood by PT Sinar Wijaya Plywood Industries, located in Kepulauan Yapen District of Papua Province.

This is the 18th FSC-certificate facilitated under The Borneo Initiative, reaching a coverage of 1.7 million ha. The Borneo Initiative is a capacity building program aimed at boosting sustainable forest management capacity among forest concessions in Indonesia. Forest concessions supported by The Borneo Initiative are better prepared to meet the Government of Indonesia’s national requirements as defined under the SVLK-system. At the same time, they qualify for certification under the international standard of the FSC. Funding to The Borneo Initiative is provided by The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) from the Netherlands, and several other donors.

Technical support to the process of certification was facilitated to a large extent by Wana Aksara Institute (WA) and Global Forest Trade and Network (GFTN) program of WWF Indonesia. Starting from July 2014, WA and WWF-GFTN provided trainings on reduced impact logging, Social impact assessment, and health and safety. Other entities are also provided support to PT. Wijaya Sentosa for High Conservation value identification and other subjects toward sustainable forest management.

Another 12 companies in are still implementing the required steps towards FSC-certification with support from The Borneo Initiative, which will bring the total to 3 million ha by the end of year 2016.

Overall, there are now 21 forest companies with FSC certification in Indonesia, covering 2.1 million ha in total. Additionally, there are 7 forest plantations with FSC certification (198,546 ha) and 49 community groups (43,969 ha). There another 3 holders of a FSC controlled wood certificate, with 2.4 million ha.

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Editorial notes:

Please contact Ms Rosa Widiyarini (widiyarini@theborneoinitiative.org) for enquiries or pictures, or contact Ir Sugijanto Soewadi (sugijanto_soewadi@gmail.com) or call PT Wijaya Sentosa’s office at +62-21-63068555.

 

The Borneo Initiative

The Borneo Initiative is a non-profit organisation that promotes sustainable forest management in Indonesia. It operates in close coordination with the Indonesian Association of Forest Concessionaires (APHI). The Borneo Initiative provides financial support to forest concessions, to enhance their management capacity in social aspects, ecology and reduced impact logging.

The forest concessions are trained in reduced impact logging, social impact assessment, high conservation value assessment and health and safety practices. With this, they are prepared for compliance with the mandatory certification system (SVLK) as well as the voluntary certification system (FSC). Assistance to the forest concessions is provided by a platform of partner organisations such as Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF), Global Forest Trade and Network (GFTN), The Forest Trust (TFT), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and Wana Aksara. The Borneo Initiative receives funding from several donors, including The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH; www.idhsustainabletrade.com).

The Borneo Initiative supports a total of 40 forest concessions with 3,692,190 ha under their management – or 25% of all active logging concessions in Indonesia. Of these, 18 forest concessions achieved FSC-certification (1.7 million ha of natural forest). One FSC-certificate was achieved in PNG (148,900 ha) implying an achievement of 17 Indonesian FSC-certificates with 1,438,790 ha. For more information: www.theborneoinitiative.org

 

Indonesian Association of Forest Concessionaires (APHI)

The Association of Indonesian Forest Concessionaires (APHI) is a non-profit organization based in Indonesia which provides a forum for holders of forest concession rights to natural forests (IUPHHK-HA) as well as industrial forest plantations (IUPHHK-HTI). Its mission is to offer guardianship to its members’ interests and to participate in improving the welfare of Indonesian society especially for the communities living inside and near the forest, fairly and through the professional management of forests based on the principles of sustainability and economy through proportional engagement of all relevant stakeholders. Its membership includes 274 IUPHHK-HA (24.6 million ha) and 154 IUPHHK-HTI (7.4 million ha). For more information: http://www.rimbawan.com or Email: aphi@rimbawan.com

 

Global Forest Trade and Network (GFTN)

The GFTN—a WWF-led partnership—links more than 300 companies, communities, NGOs, and entrepreneurs in more than 30 countries around the world. The goal is to create a new market for environmentally responsible forest products. http://gftn.panda.org/about_gftn/

 

Wana Aksara Institute (WA)

WA is an independent non-profit institution with a mission to contribute ideas and engage in activities that include action research, studies, mentoring, training and publishing in the fields of environment, social and community in order to support sustainable forest management system and practices in Indonesia. http://wanaaksara.org

 

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)

FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation, FSC is a pioneer forum of responsible forest management.

FSC has defined 10 principles and associated criteria that describe how forests must be managed to meet the social, economic, ecological, cultural and spiritual needs of present and future generations.

FSC certification provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment as well as providing ongoing business value. FSC is nationally represented in more than 50 countries around the world.