Indonesia’s sustainably managed forest area steadily increases

PRESS RELEASE – Jakarta, 5 February 2018

On January 24th the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) awarded its certificate for responsible forest management to PT. Karya Lestari, a forest concession managing 49,123 ha in Berau District, East-Kalimantan province. This is the 25th forest concession in Indonesia to achieve FSC certificate by facilitation of The Borneo Initiative and its partner organisations. In sum, the FSC certified forest area in Indonesia is now over 3 million hectares. Complementary to the mandatory domestic forest certification standard (PHPL), FSC certification enhances access to export markets in developed nations, especially the European Union.

PT Karya Lestari practices reduced impact logging in order to safeguard the habitat for such endangered species as Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), Müller’s Borneon Gibbon (Hylobates muelleri), the Maroon Leaf Monkey (Presbytis rubicunda), the White-Fronted Langur (Presbytis frontata), the Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus), and the Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil). Moreover, the concession connects to two other FSC-certified forest concessions, namely PT. Gunung Gadjah Abadi and PT. Narkata Rimba and with nearby FSC certified PT UDIT a contiguous range area of 80,270 ha is conserved for the critically endangered Bornean Orangutan.

“We undertook FSC certification based on demand of our main customer, PT. Kutai Timber Industries,” explains Mr Tri Soedjatmiko, Director of PT Karya Lestari. “Between 70% and 80% of total production volume is processed by PT. Kutai Timber Indonesia (Sumitomo Forestry), producing plywood mostly for the Japanese market.” PT Karya Lestari employs 115 workers, both technical and administrative staff, and has an annual log harvest area of 1,200 ha with a production volume of 25,000 cu.m. roundwood (mixed hardwood species). A lesser share (20% to 30%) of logs are processed in the company’s own sawmill for the domestic market.

The Borneo Initiative is a capacity building program aimed at boosting sustainable forest management capacity among forest concessions in Indonesia. It operates in partnership with APHI, the Indonesian Association of Forest Concessionaires. Forest concessions supported by The Borneo Initiative benefit from enhanced capacity to meet the Government of Indonesia’s national requirements for legal and sustainable forest management as defined under the SVLK-system. At the same time, they are enabled to become certified under the FSC standard, the globally most recognized standard for voluntary certification of sustainable forest management.

Funding to PT Karya Lestari was provided by The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) from the Netherlands, and several other donors to The Borneo Initiative. Technical support to the process of certification was facilitated to a large extent by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). In the past four years, TNC provided trainings on reduced impact logging in combination with forest carbon assessment, a potential future additional revenue stream. “First, TNC supported PT Karya Lestari to obtain the Indonesian mandatory forest certification (PHPL) as required by the Government of Indonesia. Then, we supported the company to obtain voluntary FSC. The area managed by PT Karya Lestari is located in one of the last frontiers for tropical rainforests in a region known for its massive conversion of forest to other land use systems. It also contributes to the effort initiated by TNC to support the management of Orangutan habitat within an area of about 368,250 hectare in the so-called WeheaKelay Essential Ecosystem Area (KEE),” says Bambang Wahyudi, IFM manager for TNC Indonesia.

Overall, there are now 40 forest companies with FSC certification in Indonesia, covering 3.1 million ha in total. Additionally, there are 10 forest plantations with FSC certification (416,157 ha) and 11 community groups (22,570 ha). Together with partners, TBI has also facilitated FSC controlled wood certification on 2.4 million hectares.

Contact person: Mr. Tri Soedjatmiko  (tsjatmiko@gmail.com) + 02172797058/+62 811 1234 058

 

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