Vision and Mission
Tropical forests worldwide can only be preserved if a successful balance is found between economic interests, sustainable management and the protection of high conservation value areas. Only the right balance between these these three dimensions can guarantee a long-term lifecycle for the forests, to secure income for the people living off the produce of the forests as well as to continually provide a natural habitat for the many forest animals.
The Borneo Initiative’s mission is to create a cooperation platform between all forestry stakeholders – government agencies, forest companies and NGOs – and to jointly promote sustainable forest management, following the guidelines and criteria of both the national forest management certification system (SVLK – “Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu”) and the international system of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) alike.
In 2009, at the start of The Borneo Initiative, there was a baseline area of 0.9 million ha FSC certified area in Indonesia, plus 0.3 million ha FSC Controlled Wood, together 1.2 million ha with FSC certification.
Now that forest certification is gaining traction, sustained support is needed to put FSC into the mainstream, to make a significant and durable contribution to safeguarding Borneo’s remaining forest. Beyond 2016, we aim for a future total of 5 million ha extra under FSC (75 companies), mostly but not exclusively on Borneo.
We have revised our TBI model in a way that dual certification (SVLK/FSC) can be facilitated and that action plans reflect all the steps needed for earning both SVLK and FSC certification.
Forest certification is a system of inspection and tracking of timber, pulp and other forest products to ensure they have been harvested according to a strict set of guidelines as defined by SVLK/PHPL and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). It means more than just which trees to cut. Forest certification also accounts for the social and economic well-being of workers and local communities. As the biodiversity hotspots of the world, tropical forests are vital to the existence of millions of indigenous people and wildlife species. Tropical forests possess a unique set of social and environmental attributes. When decisions are taken by societies, industries or communities to further explore tropical forests, it is particularly important that FSC standards are met. Under FSC certification, civil and indigenous rights are respected, areas of high social and environmental conservation value are maintained or enhanced, natural forests are not converted, highly hazardous pesticides and genetically modified trees are prohibited, and harvesting must meet national laws and international treaties.
It is in the tropics where certification can result in substantial social and environmental improvements and ultimately support the conservation and long-term maintenance of these forests. The certification process begins in the forest and continues through the entire chain of custody, so the end consumer can be certain he or she is buying an environmentally sound product.