Integrating Oil Palm into Landscape – Bumitama CSR’s lesson learnt from the field
The need to alleviate poverty and bring economic development to the poor, combined with the lack of appreciation and understanding of the landscape approach in regional development, led to the clearing of huge areas in Indonesia for timber, paper and pulp, oil palm and other plantations during the 80s to 90s.
As a result, the country is left with fragmented forest and peatland, and this had led to extreme annual fires and other negative environmental issues.
Fortunately, there have been important changes in recent years. Forward-looking plantation companies begin to realize their responsibility in sustainability maintaining and managing the productivity of the land. With new and clear vision: where oil palm is developed, it should not dominate but be integrated into the landscape.
One such company exploring different ways to integrate landscape-level conservation with development is the Indonesian palm oil grower, Bumitama Agri.
Since announcing their ambitious new sustainability policy in August 2015, Bumitama – among other actions – has developed a new CSR program. This program allocates funding to assist villages with village boundary mapping and helps to ensure villages are developed in ways that are environmentally friendly but allow for economic growth.
This brochure presents case studies on Bumitama Agri’s CSR activities in Kalimantan. Our hope is to open the dialogue with other stakeholders, to exchange knowledge and lessons learned, and to see more direct and indirect support for conservation (co-management) projects.
This brochure was produced by Aidenvironment Asia with financial support from Bumitama Agri Ltd. and Both ENDs.
For more information, please contact Eric Wakker