Preserving Rare and Endangered Species
Zero Tolerance Policy
Under the GAR Social and Environmental Policy, the company has zero tolerance towards hunting, injury, possession and killing of rare and endangered species within its plantations.
We have been educating our employees and local communities as well as related stakeholders on the importance of conserving rare and endangered species. Any infringement of this policy will result in disciplinary measures, including termination of employment.
Protecting endangered species
GAR operates our business in Indonesia where there is a rich and immensely varied eco-system. We recognise the importance of protecting and conserving the habitats of rare and endangered species as part of our commitment to sustainable palm oil production.
GAR protects threatened species under Indonesia’s National law of Protected Species (Peraturan Pemerintah nomore 7 tahun 1999) and on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.
The threatened species that have been identified within our concessions and surrounding landscape during HCV assessment and their habitats are classified as HCV to be conserved.
Partnership with OFI
In November 2011, SMART entered into a two-year partnership programme with Orangutan Foundation International (“OFI”) to support the protection of orangutans in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Founded by Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas in 1986, OFI is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the welfare of wild orangutans and their rainforest habitat.
Under this partnership programme, SMART supported the release of 40 wild-born ex-captive orangutans into their natural habitat. These 40 orangutans have since been released into the Seruyan Forest. The released orangutans will continue to be monitored by OFI staff from Camp Seluang Mas, built in 2012 to support OFI’s monitoring and evaluation of the orangutans before and after their release into the forest.
On 16 May 2014, SMART extended the partnership with OFI by three years to support the release of another 60 ex-captive orang-utans to their natural habitat. The partnership also includes:
- an orangutan conservation campaign and education programmes aimed at raising awareness of orangutan conservation among students and local communities in Central Kalimantan; and
- an orangutan enrichment programme and facility enhancements at OFI’s Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine facility in Central Kalimantan.
SMART will continue to train our employees in orangutan conservation with support from OFI. To date, over 1,000 of our employees have been trained under this partnership. The Company will continue to work with OFI in rehabilitating the 1,400-hectare HCV area which we have set aside in Sungai Rungau, Central Kalimantan.