Cargill Supports the Forest Conservation and Indigenous People

Cargill Supports the Forest Conservation and Indigenous People

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - Together with Lestari Capital and People Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRCF) Indonesia, as the partners, Cargill emphasized to support the forest conservation and the supporting areas in Village of Nanga Lauk, within about 10.599 hectares (ha).

In District of Kapuas Hulu, Village of Nanga Lauk has kinds of forests, such as, Village Forest or Hutan Desa and the Limited Production Forest or Hutan Produksi Terbatas. The Hutan Desa laid about 1.430 ha covering the peat forest, peat, and lake. While the Hutan Produksi Terbatas covers the peat that lay on about 9.169 ha, and also the forests next to the river and the lake.

The living around the conservation also supports the population of about 197 families or 700 local people who depend on their lives from the forests and the surroundings. The local people for generations depend on catching fish and harvesting the honey from the forests.

Besides the forests, the water around are the sources of living to drink, material to build traditional houses and the traditional medicine. The figure of Village of Nanga Lauk, Rusman told that his family depends on the forest. He thought that the forest and river give them lots of advantages to live.

“We have been living here for generations. The forest and the river give lots to us. For the next generations, our children and grand-children, we have to make sure the sustainability of our forest. Protecting and conserving the forest are the ways that the next generation could get the advantage (of the forest),” he said.

He also mentioned that they really need to advantage the ecosystem and natural resource from the forest to conserve the environment for the next generations. “We do welcome the sustainable forest management for helping the people around to survive, to earn living, and to give back the contribution to the forest that we called home,” he said.

Village of Nanga Lauk, should be the model of high quality conservation programs which have long term benefits for the environment and the mankind. The Hutan Desa program might take the members (villagers) to participate, protect, cultivate, and get the advantages from the forest and natural resources sustainably.

The program might help the villagers to increase their living sources by training in many aspects, such as, the patrol, skill business, marketing, and business development, management of the natural resources, such as, rattan, bamboo, honey, and eco-tourism.

CEO Cargill Tropical Palm, Richard Low supported the partnership with Lestari Capital and PRCF to develop the SCCM. He thought that the long term program is the commitment of the company to conserve the forest and protect the indigenous people’s rights.

This article once published in InfoSAWIT, March 2020


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