InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Though it is in Covid-19 pandemic and it disrupts the economy whole over the world, palm oil plantation companies keep protecting the environment in the tight health protocols.
One palm oil plantation company, Bumitama Gunajaya Agro (BGA) Group does maintain forest conservation through ‘Bumitama Biodiversity and Community Project (BBCP). It consists of conservation monitor covering 8 thousand hectares (ha), seed nursery, forest corridor conservation that may give easier access to many conservations, and integrated pond business covering 10 ha right in front of the main corridor of the wild and these keep running.
BBCP put the rehabilitation program within the goal, to recover almost 2.000 ha of the broken forests. Some other regions are reforested by the natural regeneration, some others are artificially reforested by planting the original trees.
The procurement of the plantation seeds is by gathering them from the forest or bought from the local villagers, then the plantations are nursed in the nursery center of BBCP for about 6 - 9 months, and finally they are planted by the patrol officers as scheduled. But most of all, the seeds should have been marked in the first place to ease the regular monitoring and notes about their growth. As in the recent official statement to InfoSAWIT, BBCP has forested about 35 ha, planted almost 20.000 seeds, while other 10.000 seeds are in the nursery to be planted in the forests.
To help and accelerate the planting, BGA starts making alternative but innovative reforested methods by using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to spread the seeds of trees. “We do hope that in some months to go, we could rehabilitate wider forests though they could be unreachable because of the condition, or danger to be navigated,” BGA Group noted.
These would examine some kinds of seeds of the local trees and mixed together to imitate the natural forests. After they grow, the trees would provide food for the wild while the buffer zones in the outermost of the conservation would give chance to the villagers to harvest non-wood forest, such as, honey, medical plants, fruits, and beans. If it is successful, the method would be more efficient in cost and work than it in manual reforested program. It is potential too to be replicated in other regions.
The company has provided some reforested areas to do in partnership with the local as the way to involve other stakeholders, to educate, encourage the forest conservation in the region.
“The idea is about to grow the sense of belonging of the conservation activity for the local and they would have high consciousness to protect the conservation from the external threats, such as, deforestation, hunting, and fire,” the company noted. (T2)