Growth in tropical rainforest area under FSC-certified management further protects wildlife habitats in Kalimantan
PRESS RELEASE – Jakarta, 26 June 2017
On June 16, 2017 PT Utama Damai Indah Timber became the 21st forest concession to achieve the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification with financial assistance from The Borneo Initiative, a Dutch foundation that promotes certified forest management to counter forest loss and degradation in Indonesia.
PT Utama Damai Indah Timber is a forest concession of 49,250 ha located in East Kalimantan. As other FSC-certified forest concessions, it is a model how nature conservation, community services and employment creation can go hand in hand. The concession provides services to five communities with 1,753 inhabitants, and offers employment to 36 staff and workers. Its forest area (47,718 ha) offers habitat to a number of critically endangered primates and birds such as the Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), and the Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil), and furthermore the endangered Müller’s Bornean Gibbon (Hylobates muelleri), as well as the common Maroon Leaf Monkey (Presbytis rubicunda).
PT Utama Damai Indah Timber produces around 45,000 cu.m. of logs annually, mostly meranti species and mixed hardwood species. PT Utama Damai Indah Timber is linked to the Gunung Gajah group that already manages one other FSC certified concession in East-Kalimantan (PT Gunung Gajah Abadi – 74,980 ha), while one more forest concession, PT Karya Lestari (49,123 ha) is hopeful also to achieve FSC-certification later this year. In total the Gunung Gajah group can supply approx.106,000 cu.m. per year of FSC certified logs from these two certified concessions. Currently most of the logs are sold to PT. Kutai Timber Indonesia, a producer of plywood, wood working and particle board with a factory in East Java.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible forest management. Recognized by leading environmental organisations as the ‘gold standard’ in forestry, the prestigious FSC certification scheme ensures that forests are managed responsibly in a way that is ecologically appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable.
With this 21st FSC-certificate, the total forest area that achieved FSC certification with the support from The Borneo Initiative has reached 2,084,335 ha. Adding the area of the 5 controlled wood certifications achieved as interim result towards full FSC certification, of 333,265 ha, then a total certified area results of 2,407,500 ha. After some posterior de-certifications, a net certified forest area remains of 1,930,565 ha.
Kalimantan now has a total of 17 FSC certificate holders, totaling 1,542,415 ha. As a country, Indonesia now has 34 FSC certificates with 2,636,799 ha certified forests (2,291,410 ha are natural forests), and 5 controlled wood certificates with 2,732,564 ha certified forests (of which 232,720 ha are natural forests).
Funding for the certification of PT Utama Damai Indah Timber was received from the GIZ-FORCLIME program and the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH). While technical assistance was provided by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a USA nature conservation organization.
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