PT Sumalindo Lestari Jaya unit IV on the way to FSC – Controlled Wood Certificate achieved

Jakarta, 11 April 2017

On April 3, 2017 PT Sumalindo Lestari Jaya unit IV (PT. SLJ IV) achieved certification according to the FSC® Controlled Wood standard for its forest concession of 63,550 ha. PT SLJ IV is strategically located along the border of the Heart of Borneo, forming one link in the future green belt of interconnected certified concessions that The Borneo Initiative is aiming to establish.

Controlled Wood is an intermediary certificate that guarantees that wood is harvested legally, in respect of social rights of local communities, without conversion of natural forest and without damage to high conservation values. PT SLJ intends to achieve full FSC certification by November 2017.

PT SLJ IV received support from WWF’s GFTN program and The Borneo initiative in combination. It is the 5th forest concession to achieve Controlled Wood certification with assistance from The Borneo Initiative. Funding was received from various donors, including IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative.

Combining this 5th Controlled Wood certificate with the 20 other full FSC-certificates supported by The Borneo Initiative, a total certified area results of 2,358,250 ha. As a country, Indonesia now has 35 FSC certificate holders with 2,874,011 ha (2,392,902 ha natural forest), and 7 controlled wood certificate holders with 2,837,012 ha (of which 242,820 ha natural forest).

PT SLJ IV harbors a range of rare, threatened and endangered species including Bos javanicus (Banteng), Nasalis larvatus (Proboscis Monkey), Neofelis nebulosa (Clouded leopard), Hylobates muelleri (Borneo gibbon), Buceros rhinoceros (Rhinoceros hornbill), etc.

Image source: Dera Syafrudin

Certification results 2016

With the year coming to an end, we had the opportunity to celebrate the achievement of three FSC certificates (492,870 ha) in 2016 with HE Mrs. Ploumen, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, on 23 November at the Fairmont Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. Certificates were achieved by:
  • PT. Bina Belantak Utama
  • PT. Telaga Bhakti Persada
  • PT. Wijaya Sentosa
Separately, another nine companies (738,000 ha), that conducted their main assessments earlier this year, are still in process with closing their outstanding issues and we expect them to achieve FSC certification in the first semester of 2017. Therefore, we look very much forward to the new year!

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.

 

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. (more…)

Business Seminar Surabaya kicks off promotion drive

PRESS RELEASE Breukelen, 25 February 2016

Business seminar kicks off promotion drive to boost the international trade in certified wood
products from Indonesia: “Sustainable. Quality. Guaranteed.”
A two-day trade encounter was facilitated from January 25 to 26 in Hotel Majapahit, Surabaya under the motto:
“Indonesian tropical hardwood products: Sustainable. Quality. Guaranteed.” The event was attended by
representatives of 19 overseas timber trading companies and 28 Indonesian wood processing industries. (more…)

PT. Gunung Gajah Abadi, East-Kalimantan province, receives Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certificate

PRESS RELEASE – Jakarta, 17 February 2016

Indonesia’s forest area under sustainable forest management steadily increases – 1.6
million ha certified with support from The Borneo Initiative
On 10 December 2015 the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) awarded its certificate for responsible
forest management to PT. Gunung Gajah Abadi, a forest concession managing 75,009 ha in Kongbeng
Sub District, Kutai Timur District, East-Kalimantan province. This is the 18th FSC-certificate
facilitated under The Borneo Initiative, reaching a coverage of 1.6 million ha.
The Borneo Initiative is a capacity building program aimed at boosting sustainable forest
management capacity among forest concessions in Indonesia. (more…)

International Wood Trade Event 2016 – Final Program

 

The Borneo Initiative and APHI are inviting forest concessions, processing industries, and FSC buyers to attend International Wood Trade Event that will take place in Surabaya, Indonesia on January 25-26, 2016.

Download Final Program

Papua achieves its first international forest management certificate

PRESS RELEASE – Jakarta, 10 November 2015

Amid global concerns over the spread of forest fires in Indonesia, mostly on land cleared for cultivation, the forest sector itself is making progress with the implementation of best management practices in forest protection and conservation.
Sustainable forest management in Indonesia reached a new milestone in August when PT Bintuni Utama Murni Wood Industries (PT BUMWI) achieved its Forest Stewardship Council certificate (FSC®), the first forest concession in Papua to do so. FSC® certified 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.

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International Wood Trade Event 2016

The Borneo Initiative and APHI are inviting forest concessions, processing industries, and FSC buyers to attend International Wood Trade Event that will take place in Surabaya, Indonesia on January 25-26, 2016.

A half-day seminar will be conducted on January 25th to discuss Indonesian SVLK- and FSC-certified production capacity and also USA, European market perspectives and opportunities. The next day, January 26th, our market links coordinator team will facilitate direct meetings between North American, European and Asian importers with Indonesian industries, as per your convenience. Visits to industries of your interest can be arranged for, as an optional third day, on January 27th.

To register your free participation, please contact Ms. Rosa Widiyarini for an application form and more information.

Deadline: 4 December 2015