PT. Dwimajaya Utama in the Heart of Borneo (HoB) receives FSC certification



Posted on 19 March 2013  | 
Forest in Borneo
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PT. Dwimajaya Utama will be the 7th company actually located in the HoB to receive FSC certification. This successful outcome for PT Dwimajaya Utama came following a two year independent audit that looked at the concession operational process and then worked together with stakeholders to formulate a management plan to harvest timber with lesser impact to the forest’s health and to plant more trees than are cut down; while avoiding displacing native people and harming wildlife and habitat.

Tom Maddox, Leader of WWF HoB Global Initiative, congratulated PT Dwimajaya Utama for having achieved FSC certification and joining  TBI membership, towards greener and sustainable forest management in the HoB.

“We need to continue building a sustainable forestry business in the HoB with certification. We need to engage more timber companies operating in Borneo to adopt certification scheme. Why is this  important? Because forest and timber certification is a tool for sustainable development. With this, our journey towardssustainable timber production in Borneo will be accelerated, further and farther.”

Located in Central Kalimantan’s upper Katingan watershed, and sharing the other administrative area of Gunung Mas District, the PT. Dwimajaya Utama concession area is an important habitat for protected plants and animals, including Orangutans, Bornean Gibbons, Clouded Leopards and Helmeted Hornbills.

The PT. Dwimajaya Utama concession covers 127,300 hectares  and supplies four main commercial tree species to the market: Bangkirai (Shorea laevis), Red Meranti (Shorea spp), Mersawa (Anisoptera spp) and Keruing (Dipterocarpus spp).

Forestry is one of three high-impact sectors influencing the conservation health of the HoB area. Timber supply, palm oil cultivation and mining—represent HoB’s large-scale, high-impact sectors. These sectors play important roles in the current economies of Borneo.

The forestry sector in Borneo has received considerable negative international publicity for its perceived impacts on the rainforests of Borneo. There is a growing awareness amongst consumers of the potentially negative environmental and social impacts associated with unsustainably produced forest products. As a result, demand for sustainably sourced products has increased significantly during the last 15 years.

To ensure that open and increased access to the global market for Indonesian timber, companies need to guarantee buyers that the timber and its by-products are legal and are sourced in an environmentally friendly manner. These issues encourage forestry companies to run their businesses responsibly and in balance with communities and the environment.

One way to guarantee the market that timber comes from well-managed forest is by certification. It can help provide environmental, social and economic benefits. Certification also boosts sustainability in the long term as forest managers are requested to improve their monitoring systems and to implement the results obtained. This can have an impact on areas such as forest productivity or the impact of logging on biodiversity and species composition of the forests.

Rizal Bukhari from TBI said that his organization supports actions toward sustainable forest in the HoB. Since 2009, TBI has assisted 31 natural forest concessions, equal to 3.3 million hectares, 7 have received FSC certificates.

“The awards ceremony will also acknowledge the beginning of certification negotiations with seven concessions with a combined area of  800.000 hectares, four of them are in the HoB area,” Rizal added.

During the event, TBI will also highlight two certification schemes for Indonesian timber companies, FSC and SVLK (Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu - Combined Certification for Legality), discuss the benefit of following the dual certification. Discussions will be built around the issues how to apply the different scheme in the field and how to maximize the benefit. The event theme is (SVLK) and Sustainability (PHPL-FSC) in Natural Forest Management in Indonesia.

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