Two more international certificates for Indonesia’s forest sector

PRESS RELEASE – Jakarta, 29 June 2016

Recently, on June 12th, one of the leading timber corporations in Indonesia, Kayu Lapis Indonesia (KLI) group, further reinforced its overall corporate commitment to sustainable management of natural forests. With support from The Borneo Initiative (TBI; a partner of the Indonesian Association of Forest Concessionaires or APHI) and the Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF), two more forest concessions in the KLI-group were awarded forest management certificates from the international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®). To wit, PT. Telaga Bhakti Persada and PT. Bina Balantak Utama. They join PT Sarmiento Parakantja Timber, a major KLI-concession (216,580 ha) in Central Kalimantan which achieved FSC-certification already in December 2011.

 

PT Telaga Bhakti Persada’s forest concession of 62,405 ha is located on Obi Island in North Moluccas Province. The company has been managing this forest concession for 27 years already, and its FSC-certification further ensures that habitat is sustained for such protected species as the Obi Cuscus (Phalanger rostchildi) and Papua Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus).

PT Bina Balantak Utama’s 298,710 ha forest concession is located in Sarmi District of Papua Province. Although the company has operated in this region since 1991, the landscape still remains heavily forested. The region is known for its rich biodiversity, and FSC-certification ensures that habitat is sustained for such protected species as the Northern Cassowary (Casuarius unappendiculatus) and the Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus).

PT Telaga Bhakti Persada produces logs to supply the KLI-group’s mill in Semarang (Central Java) that produces primarily plywood for markets in USA and Europe. Meanwhile, the logs from PT Bina Balantak Utama are processed in the KLI mill located in Sorong in West Papua Province. This is a plywood, veneer, sawmill and moulding factory that supplies the KLI group’s Semarang industry for further processing or integration into the company’s product sales.

“Indeed, we gain a modest price premium on our FSC-certified wood products in the USA or European markets” explains Hans Widjajanto, Executive Director at KLI group. “But most importantly, we want to preserve the natural richness for current and future generations, for the next 100 years and forever after. We have followed the principles of sustainable forest management already since the 1970s, thereby maintaining the integrity of these forests and their natural values. We see FSC certification as a recognition of our past and current efforts towards responsible forest management.”

FSCcertified forest management is based on a set of principles and associated criteria that ensure that forests are managed to meet the social, economic, ecological, cultural and spiritual needs of present and future generations. Indonesia now counts 37 full FSC-certificate holders (2,723,123 ha) and another 4 with Controlled Wood certificates (2,205,340 ha). Of this total, 2,429,024 ha is natural forest. The Borneo Initiative has facilitated 18 FSC certifications in Indonesia (1,841,215 ha) plus one in Papua New-Guinea (148,900 ha), next to three controlled Wood certificates (259,625 ha) in Indonesia. Another 20 forest concessions (1.6 million ha) in Indonesia are in progress towards FSC-certification.

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Editorial note:
For enquiries or pictures please contact Ms Rosa Widiyarini (info@theborneoinitiative.org) or contact PT Bina Balantak Utama and PT Telaga Bhakti Persada via Ms. Neneng SM. Teguh (prckli@yahoo.com).

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 certified according to the domestic, mandatory certification system (SVLK) as well as the international voluntary certification system (FSC). Assistance to the forest concessions is provided by a platform of partner organisations such as TFF, GFTN, TNC, and Wana Aksara. The Borneo Initiative receives funding from several donors, including The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH; www.idhsustainabletrade.com).

Currently, The Borneo Initiative has supported or is supporting a total of 40 Indonesian forest concessions with 3.75 million ha under their management – or 25% of all active logging concessions in Indonesia. Of these, 19 forest concessions achieved full FSC-certification (2.0 million ha) and 3 achieved Controlled Wood certification (260,000 ha).

For more information: www.theborneoinitiative.org

Indonesian Association of Forest Concessionaires (APHI)
APHI is the business association for forest concessionaires in Indonesia. http://www.rimbawan.com

Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF)
The Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF) is an international, non-profit, educational institution committed to advancing environmental stewardship, economic prosperity, and social responsibility through sustainable forest management. It is well known for its training in and promotion of reduced impact logging techniques in tropical forests. (www.tff-indonesia.org)

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)
FSC is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organisation 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.