The forestry industry in Indonesia is an important part of the country’s economy and inevitably this brings conflict with the forest wildlife including orangutans. Now a series of intensive 6 day training sessions is being provided to pulpwood workers on how to reduce conflict with wildlife and especially the orangutan.
In total 300 pulpwood industry workers will go through training with the first 30 taking part in the workshops based in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan and run by the Orangutan Foundation International (OFI).
The training is designed to educate those living and working in and around the orangutans’ natural habitat on best practices to protect this endangered species and is aimed at the staff and suppliers for Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). The training will seek to reinforce the No Hunting, No Killing, No Catching principle of the programme. [pullquote]A team-effort is essential to achieving progress, which is why we’ve been working with our suppliers to enhance the wildlife corridors in Kutai National Park since 2010.[/pullquote]
Two of the timber companies whose staff will take part in the training are PT Surya Hutani Jaya (SRH)and PT Sumalindo Hutani Jaya (SHJ), who are working closely with APP to establish a wildlife corridor in East Kalimantan to the Kutai National Park. This will connect up a number of wildlife reserves and allow orangutans to move freely between the protected areas.
OFI is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the welfare of wild orangutans and their rainforest habitat and was founded by Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas in 1986. The partnership with APP, which also involves PT SMART Tbk (SMART), is an example of strong collaboration between the government, NGOs and the private sector.
Dr. Galdikas, founder of OFI said: “Protection of orangutan populations in the wild is of crucial importance to Indonesia and the world. The forestry sector has a special duty to act in a responsible manner since it is profiting from forests and timber. We are grateful for the support provided by our partners PT SMART Tbk and APP. The launch of OFI’s training programme this week for our partners is a crucial part of our strategy to educate people working in Indonesia’s forests regarding orangutan conservation and protection. The more initiatives we see of this kind, not just for orangutans, but also for other endangered species, the better.”
Aida Greenbury, Managing Director of Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement, APP, said: “The implementation of this programme is further evidence of our commitment to support the Government of Indonesia’s conservation efforts. There is a need to create further awareness for education, training and socialisation for our employees, our partners and the community more broadly in order to protect endangered animals. This is an integral part of the Sustainable Forest Management principles, which we are implementing in our pulpwood concessions and across our supply chain.
“A team-effort is essential to achieving progress, which is why we’ve been working with our suppliers to enhance the wildlife corridors in Kutai National Park since 2010. We’ve faced many challenges along the way, which adds to the excitement of being at the heart of this partnership with a global leader like OFI. A collaborative approach is the only way to address an issue as important as the protection of orangutans.“