InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – One palm oil plantation company Cargill Tropical Palm Ltd. (Cargill) re-emphasized its commitment to sustainable palm oil production by giving the fund support about Rp 49 billion (US$ 3,5 million) to the forest conservation in Village of Nanga Lauk, West Kalimantan province for the next 25 years.
The fund would be processed through Sustainable Commodities Conservation Mechanism (SCCM) with the Lestari Capital, and the People Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRCF) Indonesia as the partner.
The Program Hutan Desa Nanga Lauk inDistrict of Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan consists of Hutan Desa and Hutan Produksi Terbatas. Hutan Desa covers 1.430 hectares in total including the wet forest, the wet area, and lake. The Hutan Produksi Terbatas cover the wet forest about 9.169 hectares and the forests next to the river and the lake. The two kinds of forests support the life for about 700 villagers that cover 197 families.
For some generations the forests become the sources of living for the villagers from fishing, planting, harvesting the forest result, such as, honey. The forest and the water around are the sources of water, something to fire, wood material, and traditional medicine.
The figure of Village of Nanga Lauk, Rusman said that he has been living there for some generation. The forest and the river give much to the people by providing the needs for them to live. For the next generations – our grandchildren, he needs to make sure that the forest is protected well.
“We welcome the sustainable program cultivation and management to the forest for this would help the people to earn their living and re-contribute to the forest that we call ‘our home’,” he said when signing the agreement in Jakarta where InfoSAWIT did attend, Wednesday (4/12/2019).
Nanga Lauk could be the role model for the high quality conservation program which has long term – advantage. The forest program in the village may make the people protect and cultivate the forest and get the income from the sustainable natural resource advantage.
The program would help the people increase the sources of living through the training in many sectors, such as, forest patrol, business skill, marketing and development, cultivation and management of the natural resources, such as, rattan, bamboo, wild honey, and eco-tourism.
CEO Cargill Tropical Palm, Richard Low said that by the partnership with Lestari Capital, his side develops the Sustainable Commodities Conservation Mechanism (SCCM) to support and do the long term program safely and well and confirm the commitment of the company to conserve the forests and protect the indigenous people’s rights at once.
“SCCM is the first conservation mechanism in palm oil industries and Program Hutan Desa Nanga Lauk is one good example about how we implement our sustainable commitment and obedience to the certification to fulfill the people’s needs in wider perspective and also protect the important conservation and ecosystem for the people’s life,” he said.
Head in duty of Forest Agency, West Kalimantan province, Untat Dharmawan said that the program is the same with the West Kalimantan province to increase the status of the village.
From 2031 villages in the province, there is only 1 Desa Mandiri status in Kayong Utara; there are 53 having Desa Maju status and there are 372 villages within Desa Berkembang. The rests, 1600 villages are in Desa Tertinggal and Sangat Tertinggal.
“Just like what the governor said, our target is that there would be 80 Desa Mandiri staus and by the end of his work, he would encourage the villages in Desa Tertinggal status to be Desa Mandiri status,” Untat said.
For information, Cargill now operates three palm oil plantations within having Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certificate in West Kalimantan Barat and South Sumatera covering about more than 80.000 hectares. Besides the main plantations, the company also trains the plasma smallholders to realize the sustainable agricultural practices. Last year, Cargill helped more than 3 thousaand plasma to get RSPO certificate. The company has supported more than 16.500 plasma smallholders to get the RSPO certificate.(T2)