Wilmar Engages Communities in Conservation Area Management

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Wilmar Engages Communities in Conservation Area Management. Photo by: Wilmar

PALMOILMAGAZINE, JAKARTA – PT Rimba Harapan Sakti (RHS), a subsidiary of the Wilmar Group, has forged a strong partnership with the local community residing around the Kawasan Konservasi Sungai Pukun in the Village of Pematang Limau, Seruyan Regency, Central Kalimantan Province, to promote environmental conservation in the area.

Sungai Pukun serves as a critical area within the daerah aliran sungai (DAS) Seruyan river basin, flowing through the concession areas of PT RHS. Spanning approximately 5,359.58 hectares, these areas have been identified as high conservation value (HCV) by experts, with most designated for the conservation of the Pukun river, including its banks and channels.

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Mochammad Dasrial, Manager of HCV at PT RHS, emphasized the importance of engaging the local community in conserving these areas. Through educational sessions, efforts are made to instill an understanding among the residents about the significance of conservation for both their own well-being and the protection of the area’s wildlife. One tangible action taken involves educating the community on sustainable fishing practices, discouraging the use of toxic substances, electric machinery, and trawling techniques.

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“The partnership between the people and the company helped to maintain the conservation areas,” Dasrial said, as in the official press conference statement to Palmoilmagazine.com, on Tuesday (20/2/2024).

Though some people still depend on the conservation areas to survive, such as, getting fish, honey, and rattan, PT RHS proactively encouraged them to maintain the environmental conservation. “The people’s involvement would be about to deliver sense of belonging in the conservation,” Dasrial said.

Many monitoring and identification done by HCV team of PT RHS in 2019-2023 showed that the conservation areas around Pukun river remained well. Natural conservation, water quality, vegetation condition become the successful indicator of the conservation. Field results showed that mammal animals, fishes, birds, reptile, and amphibious animals do live there, including the rare and endemic ones.

The team found 31 kinds of animals. 16 of them are protected by the laws, such as, the Regulation of Minister of Environment and Forestry Number 106 / 2018, such as, proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus), honey bear (Helarctos malayanus), ape (Macaca nemestrina), and deer (Muntiacus muntjak).

The forest border around Pukun river is proven as the good habitat for birds within 29 kinds that should be protected and they are easily found in the areas, including the raptor and bush bird.

65 fishes were identified around Pukun river as the direct data and catch from the local fishermen. (T2)

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