International Wood Trade Encounter 6-10 March 2018 Jakarta

Buying quality hardwood products? Considering Indonesia? Need help in finding reliable producers who meet all due diligence requirements? Then register now for our 4th International Wood Trade Encounter 2018 in Jakarta from 6-10 March 2018. This is your opportunity to meet the major producers of FSC® certified plywood, flooring, decking, mouldings and garden furniture, etc. in a single event.

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FSC certification prepares Papua forest concession for exports to Australia and Japan

PRESS RELEASE – Jakarta, 22 August 2017

On August 8, 2017 PT Jati Dharma Indah Plywood Industries (JDI) became the fourth Papua forest concession to meet the highest international accreditation standard in forest management as issued by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®). Along the way towards certification, JDI company received support mostly from Wana Aksara institute and WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN) program. Specific funding for the high conservation values study was provided by The Borneo Initiative, a Dutch foundation that promotes certified forest management to counter forest loss and degradation in Indonesia. JDI company is now the 24th forest concession to achieve FSC-certification with financial assistance from The Borneo Initiative.

JDI is a forest concession of 139,470 ha located in Nabire Disctrict of Papua Province. 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 four communities with 78 households, and offers employment to 394 staff and workers. Its forest area (139,470 ha) offers habitat to a number of endemic wildlife species such as the critically endangered Western long-beaked Echidna (Zaglossus bruijnii), the Grizzled tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus inustus), the Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius), Palm cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), or the Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca).

JDI is linked to Sinar Wijaya Plywood Industry (SWPI) that already manages one other FSC certified concession in West Papua (PT Wijaya Sentosa – 130,755 ha). JDI produces around 120,000 cu.m. of logs annually, mostly Merbau and mixed Dipterocarp species. Currently most of the products are sold to Middle East and US. After obtaining the FSC certificate, SWPI could also expand its market to Australia and Japan. As stated by Mr Sugijanto Soewadi, Corporate Sustainability Director: “FSC-certification is an important global market instrument, recognized for its balancing of forest production with environmental and social aspects. FSC is part of SWPI’s comprehensive business strategy, both for management improvement and for consistent commitment towards sustainability of the forest resources. FSC certification helps us to improve the company’s image as regards environmental and social responsibility, and for prioritization of the workers’ health and safety conditions.”

The Borneo Initiative is a non-governmental program that aims to counter forest degradation and forest loss in Indonesia via the promotion of responsible forest management, following the standard set by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). JDI’s certification brings the total FSC certified forest area supported by The Borneo Initiative to 2,324,185 ha. With inclusion of five Controlled Wood certificates (333,265 ha), The Borneo Initiative has facilitated the certification of a total forest area of 2,647,350 ha.

As a country, Indonesia now has 38 FSC certificates with 3,028,176 ha certified forests, and 7 controlled wood certificates with 2,826,948 ha.

Contact persons:
PT. JDI: Sugijanto Soewadi (sugijanto.sewadi@gmail.com) +62 21 39835858
PT. SWPI : Edy Yanuar (edy.yanuar@sjw.co.id) +62 21 6308555

 

Reforestation initiative on degraded lands in Sulawesi achieves international certification

PRESS RELEASE – Jakarta, 2 August 2017

FSC® certification was awarded on July 13, 2017 to PT. Forestry Ganda Utama for its management of PT. Gema Nusantara Jaya and PT. Gorontalo Citra Lestari, two forest plantation concessions in Gorontalo Province, Sulawesi, Indonesia. The concessions cover two neighbouring blocks of forest land with a combined area of 74,155 ha.

The certification award to PT. Forestry Ganda Utama is a milestone achievement for Indonesia’s forest sector, since PT. Forestry Ganda Utama is the first private company in Indonesia to establish plantation forests according to FSC guidelines. FSC is internationally considered to be the most challenging standard in forest management, offering certification of plantation forests only under very strict conditions, out of a global concern over the rate of deforestation of tropical rainforests. Previous certifications of forest plantations in Indonesia have been awarded to state forest plantation company Perum Perhutani (9 FSC certificates, 2,680,921 ha).

As stated by the company’s Assistant Director for Certification, Mr. Amin Suar: “We chose for FSC certification since this guarantees our clients that products from our concessions are from responsibly managed forest resources. FSC is well accepted in the world market. Our main challenge in following FSC guidelines was to assess the high conservation values, and to establish a planting regime with a different silvicultural approach for different forest areas in respect of the findings from the high conservation values assessment. Remaining natural forest has been left intact, while we apply strip planting in degraded forest zones and full plantation establishment on forest areas without any vegetation. We plant local (indigenous) tree species.”

The two companies will reforest 45,531 ha on formerly degraded forest land, while protecting 12,151 ha of remnant natural forest. An area of 16,473 ha is community use zone to the benefit of 40 communities (about 48,424 inhabitants). Planting is under way and will be completed in year 2022, while harvesting will start in year 2020 with an annual target volume of 200 cu.m./ha. Main species planted are White jabon (Anthocephalus cadamba) and Red jabon (Anthocephalus macrophyllus). Logs will be sent to the plywood production plant in Makassar, South Sulawesi operated by the Katingan Timber Celebes Group. This mill also gets its wood from one other FSC certified concession under the same holding, in the Moluccas, PT. Gema Hutani Lestari.

Via this reforestation effort, habitat is restored and protected for so-called ‘endemic’ wildlife species i.e. animals that occur only on Sulawesi or neighbouring islands, such as the Sulawesi bear cuscus (Ailurops ursinus), Small Sulawesi cuscus (Strigocuscus celebensis), Sulawesi tarsier (Tarsius tarsier), Sulawesi mountain tarsier (Tarsius pumilus), Gorontalo macaque (Macaca nigrescens), Sulawesi hornbill (Penelopides exarhatus), and the Knobbed hornbill (Aceros cassidix).

PT. Gema Nusantara Jaya and PT. Gorontalo Citra Lestari received financial support from The Borneo Initiative, while coaching and technical support were provided by the Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF).

The Borneo Initiative is a non-governmental program that aims to counter forest degradation and forest loss in Indonesia via the promotion of responsible forest management, following the standard set by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). With this certification of PT. Forestry Ganda Utama, the 22nd and 23rd forest concession have achieved FSC certification with facilitation from The Borneo Initiative, bringing the total certified forest area supported by The Borneo Initiative to 2,160,255 ha. When including five Controlled Wood certificates (333,265 ha), then The Borneo Initiative has facilitated the certification of a total forest area of 2,483,420 ha.

As a country, Indonesia now has 37 FSC certificates with 2,717,051 ha certified forests, and 7 controlled wood certificates with 2,826,948 ha.

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.

Contact person: Mr. Amin Suar (Amin.suar@katingan.com) +62213854080.

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.

Contact persons:

  1. UDIT: Kasransyah (ikasakikawa@gmail.com) +62 812 556 7600
  2. UDIT: Emma Rachmawati (emmatito@yahoo.com) +62 812 584 3532

FSC mangrove concession gets special reference in international mangrove seminar

The Borneo Initiative is also supporting FSC-certification outside of Borneo, to demonstrate that certification is feasible in other parts of Indonesia as well. One such company, PT BUMWI, certified in 2015 under coaching from GFTN, was identified in the International Conference on Sustainable Mangrove Ecosystems, conducted in Bali from 18-21 April 2017, as a firm with some of the best practices in the management of mangrove ecosystems worldwide, enhancing benefits of mangrove forests for local people and stakeholders in the area. More information

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

New Milestone – 20th FSC® certificate

PRESS RELEASE – Jakarta, 27 March 2017

On March 14, 2017 PT Graha Sentosa Permai became the 20th forest concession to achieve FSC® certification with assistance from The Borneo Initiative. Support given by The Borneo Initiative was complementary to that provided by WWF’s GFTN program, while coaching services were provided by Wana Aksara Institute. Funding was received from various donors, including IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative.

This 20th FSC-certificate raises the total certified forest area supported by The Borneo Initiative to 2,035,085 ha. When including four Controlled Wood certificates, then The Borneo Initiative has facilitated the certification of a total forest area of 2,294,700 ha. As a country, Indonesia now has 35 FSC certificates holders with 2,874,011 ha (2,392,902 ha natural forest), and 6 controlled wood certificate holders with 2,773,462 ha (of which 179,270 ha natural forest).

PT Graha Sentosa Permai is a forest concession of 44,970 ha in Central Kalimantan. It harbours such species as the Bornean white-bearded gibbon (Hylobates albibarbis), the White-fronted Langur (Presbytis frontata), the Maroon Leaf Monkey (Presbytis rubicunda), the Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil) plus 16 dipterocarp species that are Critically Endangered (CR).

PT Graha Sentosa Permai is linked to the Dwima Group which already holds two other FSC certificates (PT Dwimajaya Utama – 127,300 ha and PT Carus Indonesia – 72,170 ha). It produces around 50,000 cu.m. annually, mostly meranti logs but also Bangkirai and Keruing. In total the Dwima Group can supply approx. 220,000 cu.m. of FSC certified logs from these 3 certified operation. Currently most of the floater logs (meranti) are sold to Sumber Mas Indah Plywood (FSC-C108040), while the sinker logs (Bangkirai and Keruing) are sold to Kharisma Jaya Gemilang (FSC-C104967). This industry manufactures high quality Meranti and Bangkirai mouldings and outdoor furniture products for export largely to the American and European market.

Contact persons:

1.Graha Sentosa Permai: Haris Yuniawan (haris_dwimag@yahoo.co.id) +62 21 83785608

2.Sumber Mas Indah Plywood: Hans Hartono (hans@smip.co.id) +62 31 3981511

3.Kharisma Jaya Gemilang: Junita Kresnadi (junitakres@gmail.com) +62 24 6595678

Or contact The Borneo Initiative (info@theborneoinitiative.org) for more information.

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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…)