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Friday, 22 July 2016
The Borneo Initiative Announces New FSC Certificates in Indonesia

Borneo Peat Forest Swamp (© Ruanda Agung Sugardiman/AusAID, CC BY 2.0)© Ruanda Agung Sugardiman/AusAID, CC BY 2.0

July 22, 2016

In June, the Borneo Initiative, an international effort to promote forest stewardship in Indonesia, successfully added two new FSC forest management certificates totaling nearly 900,000 acres. Indonesia now has more than 6.7 million acres of FSC certified forest.

These new certificates were awarded to the Kayu Lapis Indonesia (KLI) group and are located on Obi Island in North Moluccas Province and in Sarmi District of Papua Province. The forests include habitat for protected species, such as the Papua Hornbill, Northern Cassowary and Eclectus Parrot.

The Borneo Initiative’s mission is to bring stakeholders together to work towards sustainable forest management.

“Indeed, we gain a modest price premium on our FSC-certified wood products in the USA or European markets” explains Hans Widjajanto, Executive Director at KLI group. “But most importantly, we want to preserve the natural richness for current and future generations, for the next 100 years and forever after. We have followed the principles of sustainable forest management already since the 1970s, thereby maintaining the integrity of these forests and their natural values. We see FSC certification as a recognition of our past and current efforts towards responsible forest management,” he added.

Read more about the new certificates in the Borneo Initiative’s press release.

In addition, the Borneo Initiative is conducting a survey about the uptake of certified wood products in international markets. View and participate in TBI’s survey for wood importing companies.