(Jakarta, Indonesia) December 3rd 2009, APP’s pulpwood supplier under Sinarmas Forestry (SMF) management team, received a Letter of Appreciation from the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its invaluable contribution to recognizing the value, nominating and working to develop an integrated approach to sustainable development in Riau, Sumatera, Indonesia through the Giam Siak Kecil – Bukit Batu (GSK-BB) Biosphere Reserve.
The letter of recognition was presented by the Deputy Director of UNESCO Jakarta Mr. Robert Lee during the Inauguration Ceremony of the GSK-BB Biosphere Reserve at the Gran Melia Hotel, Jakarta. In addition to SMF, UNESCO MAB also extended its appreciation to the Government of Indonesia’s Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan, the State Minister of the Environment, Gusti Moh. Hatta, Chairman of the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) Umar Anggara Jennie, and Riau Governor Rusni Zainal.
The GSK – BB Biosphere Reserve had just been approved by the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme as the 7th Biosphere Reserve in Indonesia during the Chief Court of the 21st Session of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB/ICC) last May. The development of the Biosphere Reserve started when SMF, with the support of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), set aside 72,255 hectares of its production forest as a permanent conservation area which connected the Giam Siak Kecil Reserve and the Bukit Batu Reserve into a total of 178,722 hectares core area of the GSK-BB Biosphere Reserve, almost three times the size of Singapore.
Located in the Bengkalis and Siak Districts of Riau Province, Indonesia, the GSK-BB is described on the UNESCO MAB website as “a peatland area in Sumatra featuring sustainable timber production and two wildlife reserves, which are home to the Sumatran tiger, elephant, tapir, and sun bear.”
The site also has potential to serve as a testing ground for carbon dioxide sequestration in the context of the international carbon trade mechanisms. The area is being managed through a multi-stakeholder approach involving local government, NGOs, industry, and the scientific community, environmental experts and the local communities.
“APP and SMF are honored to receive the Letter of Appreciation from UNESCO MAB. The recognition will inspire us to continue realizing our commitment to fight against global warming together with other stakeholders in Indonesia and internationally”, said Aida Greenbury, Director of Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement of APP.
The rainforest in the GSK-BB biosphere reserve alone stores a massive amount of carbon and as highlighted by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, carbon storage is an effective means for climate change mitigation.
“One of the objectives of this award is to encourage people and businesses alike to take part in climate change mitigation, which is a fight in which every party should be involved, as the issue of climate change grows more salient by the day,” said Mr. Purwanto, Programme Director for the National Committee of the MAB-UNESCO Indonesian Programme.
In addition to the GSK-BB Biosphere Reserve, APP and its pulpwood supplier support the establishment of the Taman Raja Nature Preserve, which is a natural habitat for the sun bear, clouded leopard and Sumatran tiger as well as a crucial water catchment area for the local community in the Jambi Province.
APP and its pulpwood supplier set aside 9,687 hectares of its government appointed concession area to ensure the conservation of this important area. In total, APP’s pulpwood supplier sets aside and protects around 350,000 hectares of forest designated purely for conservation.
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