Pontianak, October 25, 2022 — Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) and Tanjungpura University signed a biodiversity research collaboration agreement in the company’s conservation area in Kapuas Hulu Regency, West Kalimantan Province. Monitoring jungle cats, studies on the diversity of pitcher plants, and species detection studies using environmental DNA (e-DNA) techniques are among the research program that will last for a year. This program aims to preserve and improve the quality of biodiversity.
According to Ahmad Yudana, Head of Conservation Assessment Department from Golden Agri-Resources, biodiversity is an important component in maintaining the ecosystem’s balance. Biodiversity-rich areas will be able to ensure the sustainability of ecological processes, including the support of human life and other living things.
“Based on the study of biodiversity in the Golden Agri-Resources plantation area, various species of flora and fauna are still well preserved, particularly in areas designated as conservation areas by the company. However, further research with partners, in this case universities, is required to update existing biodiversity information,” Yuda said.
This research study is a continuation of the company’s previous 2017 program, which was a research on the existence of mammals. In that study, flat-headed cat and marble cat species were discovered. Golden Agri-Resources, in collaboration with Tanjungpura University, agreed to conduct additional research into the existence of this species.
This time, the researchers will also study and record in more detailed, the pitcher plant varieties that are commonly found in the company’s conservation area. Meanwhile, environmental DNA techniques will detect local flora and fauna, which will serve as the foundation for the company’s future conservation efforts. This is an important step in preserving, maintaining, and improving the company’s conservation area.
The Tanjungpura University Integrated Laboratory’s Technical Implementation Unit (UPT) team, represented by Kiki Prio Utomo, explained that universities play an important role in knowledge transfer and helping companies realize their commitment to environmental conservation. According to Kiki, universities not only serve as a place for knowledge development, but also provide solutions to problems that partners face in the field.
“This collaboration allows both parties to expand their respective expertise and continuously improve the management quality of existing conservation areas. Universities can apply what they’ve learned on campus, and companies will benefit from identifying biodiversity in their area,” said Kiki.
About Golden Agri-Resources Ltd.
GAR is a leading palm oil plantation company in Indonesia with a total planted area of 537,720 hectares (including plasma smallholders) as of 30 June 2022. It has integrated operations focused on the technology-driven production and distribution of an extensive portfolio of palm-based products.
Founded in 1996, GAR was listed on the Singapore Exchange in 1999 and has a market capitalisation of US$2.3 billion as of 30 June 2022. Flambo International Limited, an investment company, is GAR’s largest shareholder, with a 50.56 percent stake. In addition, GAR has several subsidiaries, including PT SMART Tbk, which was listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange in 1992.
As an integrated agribusiness, GAR delivers an efficient end-to-end supply chain, from responsible production to global delivery. In Indonesia, its primary activities include cultivating and harvesting oil palm trees; the processing of fresh fruit bunch into crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel; refining CPO into value-added products such as cooking oil, margarine, shortening, biodiesel and oleo-chemicals; as well as merchandising palm products globally.
GAR’s products are delivered to a diversified customer base in approximately 100 countries through its global distribution network with shipping and logistics capabilities, destination marketing, on-shore refining and ex-tank operations. GAR also has complementary businesses such as soybean-based products in China, sunflower-based products in India, and sugar businesses.
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