PalmOilMagazine, JAKARTA – Wilmar restored high conservation value (HCV) in Central Kalimantan Province. Since 2010 until now the agribusiness company planted more than 60 thousand forest trees in the HCV. The program is about to enrich kinds of vegetation in area conservation.
HCV Officer Wilmar, Central Kalimantan Province, Forendadi told that the restoration program would always be developed by adding local plants after doing assessment of seed characters to fulfill kinds of the right tree in each location.
Data from the assessment would be taken as the field lead to restore and the dead seeds could be minimized for the less adaptation. “It needs to select the right seeds for they would influence the percentage to grow in the vegetation,” he said, as in the official statement to PalmOilMagazine.
The restoration hit the targets, such as, there are new trees in the riversides and they start to make forest canopy and be the corridor for the animals to pass through. Based on the monitoring report, the officers met long tail monkey (Macaca fascicularis) for three times and once met kelasi (Presbytis rubicunda) in the restoration area.
He also explained that his side did some phases in the restoration, such as, early survey, the mapping of prior restoration and selecting the tree seeds. The next phase is making special seeding and nursing facility to restoration plants, planting trees, monitoring, nursing the plants, and re-planting if there are dead trees.
Selecting kinds of trees was done by prioritizing the local plants from the woods or areas around the concession. By the end of last year, HCV team of Wilmar gathered more than 50 kinds of forest trees, such as, endangered ones from Dipterocarpaceae, such as, meranti (Shorea leprosula) and belangeran (Shorea belangeran). His side also nursed forest fruit trees as the source food for the primate, such as, kenyem (Lepisanthes alata), asam putar (Mangifera torquenda), punak (Tetrameristra glabra), and kinds of guava from Myrtaceae.
Besides forest trees, Wilmar also collected medical plants that the local people could advantage. Until now there have been more than 25 kinds of medical plants and some of them are the origin medical plants in Kalimantan. The people of traditional Dayak use them for generations, such as, bawang dayak (Eleutherina bulbosa), gelinggang (Cassia alata), akar bajakah (Spatholobus littorais), and pasak bumi (Eurycoma longifolia). “These are important to maintain kinds of original local plants of Kalimantan, knowing that conservation in Indonesia is threatened by man,” Forendadi said.
Wilmar International Plantation is one palm oil plantation company which is committed to maintain and conserve HCV in its operational. Now the company operates about 25 thousand hectares (ha) of HCV areas in its operational and about 14 thousand hectares are in Central Kalimantan Province. (T2)