SSMS Manages 2.000 ha of Conservation Area for Orangutan

SSMS Manages 2.000 ha of Conservation Area for Orangutan

PalmOilMagazine, JAKARTA - The partnership between PT. Sawit Sumbermas Sarana (SSMS) Tbk., and Yayasan Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOSF) has something to do to manage about 2.000 hectares for orangutan conservation in Pulau Salat, Village of Pilang, Central Kalimantan. Referring to the company, the partnership runs based on Remediation and Compensation Program (RaCP) RSPO that has been confirmed. The implementation is that SSMS provides areas in the form of forest as the compensation as what RSPO required.

Orangutan breeding happens for the areas prepared have forests that could support orangutan pre-release program. The other supporting factors are the locations are islands surrounded by river (isolated) and orangutan would be safer and could be well monitored than those in non-isolated areas.

To advantage the forest regions, the high conservation values should be more optimal. BOSF as the expert team in orangutan does pre-release program. “SSMS supports the facilities to do orangutan pre-release program and implements RaCP RSPO which is confirmed,” Director of PT Sawit Sumbermas Sarana Tbk, Vallauthan Subraminam, recently said to PalmOilMagazine.

For information, orangutan in breeding in the partnership are about 85 individuals while those that were released to the national park were 21 individuals. Until now orangutan that settles in Pulau Salat are about 41 individuals, 30 of them are in pre-release program before they are released to the habitat. 11 others are un-releasable because of some factors, such as, sick, old age, and physical injure.

To run the program, SSMS prepared the fund which was arranged in the same time with Remediation and Compensation Program for the next 25 years within budget estimation about Rp 30 billion. (T2)

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