Palm of Plantations Maintain the Transit Forests for Orangutan

Palm of Plantations Maintain the Transit Forests for Orangutan

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The orangutans which sporadically spread in East Kalimantan need attention from many sides, namely the palm oil plantation companies. It reflected from the transit forests in the business license of Palma Serasih Group. The transit forests really help to rehabilitate orangutans.

By 2017 based on the Central Bureau of Statistic of East Kalimantan province, the people in the etam island were 2,6 million men within kinds of cultures and tribes. One of them is Dayak. Just like the other tribes, the Dayak has the local wisdom. One of the wisdoms is Pukung Pahewan. Pukung means island or region while Pahewan means holy.

The trees have something to do with the Hornbills which are taken as the holy bird. In general, the hornbills have black feather within light beak and stays in the peak of high trees. The hornbills are taken as the holy birds because they are the symbols of something from the highest place. It is no question that if in the palm oil plantations in the province, there would be many high trees which are thought as the holy ones for the Dayak. The high trees are always the places for the birds to say for a while and before continuing their journey.

As same as the concept of local wisdom, Palma Serasih Group is also committed to the concept of sustainability, such as, conserving the surroundings because by conserving the nature, the support to the diversity, the wild, and the natural ability would give the environment service and remain stable. One real form of the commitment is by providing the forests in one area of its subsidiary to be Pre-Release Forests to orangutan habitat. Why does the company choose orangutan? Besides it is as the endangered animal, orangutan is one of the wild animals that should be nationally and internationally protected and conserved. It spreads the seeds that could regenerate the forest wood growth naturally. So to realize the commitment, Palma Serasih Group cooperates with some non-government organizations to help the subsidiaries to understand more about the concepts and technical knowledge to the natural conservation.


Keep the Environment and Orangutan

The cooperation with BOSF, BKSDA, and the local people is the effort to conserve orangutan in East Kalimantan. It is done in some phases, such as, tracing, putting in shelter, then rehabilitating, and releasing orangutan.

The transit forests are in the concession areas of Palma Serasih Group in the Business License of PT Nusaraya Agro Sawit. Based on the survey of BOSF, the pre-release forests (transit forests) could be the place for 20 – 25 orangutans to stay for a while, to adapt with the forest lives as the real habitat in Hutan Lindung Kehje Sehwen. In the forests, orangutan would be trained to do or provide its daily needs, such as, searching for food and making nests to live without the help of men.

Since 2017 BOSF, BKSDA East Kalimantan, and PT Nusaraya Agro Sawit have released 10 orangutans to the transit forests. There are about 1 to 2 wild orangutans in the forests after being traced. It means that there have been 12 orangutans in the forests. 6 of them have declared to pass the training and been released to the real habitat, Hutan Lindung Kehje Sehwen. (T1)

For more please read InfoSAWIT, August 2019


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