Forest Resource Management

1. Key Project Objectives

  • To produce a range of high-value timber products from the forest plantation.
  • To develop and sustain responsible forest management practices.
  • To contribute to the socio-economic development of the rural population.
  • To protect and enhance environmental value of the project area.

 

2. License area and security of tenure

  • Identify and mark the boundaries of the approved license area.
  • Install boundary monitoring and security systems.

 

3. Forest resource assessment

  • Carry out forest inventories to quantify timber stocks and quality.
  • Establish permanent sample plots for monitoring growth performance.
  • Analyze data, provide an overview over stocking situation, timber volume, and timber quality.

 

Aerial view of Bengkoka Plantation                 Aerial view of Bengkoka Plantation


4. Infrastructure development

  • Re-establish and upgrade abandoned road infrastructure network for permanent use.
  • Construct or upgrade other necessary infrastructure such as field offices, staff quarters, forest nursery and workshop.

 

5. Social impact assessment

  • Carry out SIA to determine current impact of forest operations on the livelihood of local communities.
  • Apply suitable rural appraisal methods.
  • Establish community consultation committee.
  • Assist in resolving land matters, conflicts and grievances.
  • Identify needs of local stakeholders within and adjacent to the license area.
  • Design appropriate community projects contributing to sustainable development.

 

6. Environmental impact assessment

  • Gather information on current and potential future environment impacts caused by forest operations.
  • Formulate mitigation measures to eliminate or minimize potentially negative impacts on wildlife, soil and water resources.

 

Endangered species                 EIA Matters


7. Forest Management Plan

Log YardDevelop a Forest Management Plan (FMP) describing:

  • current situation and resources
  • future management policies and strategies
  • development of a permanent road infrastructure network
  • utilization of forest resources: determination of Annual Harvesting Volume, Growth and Timber Supply Model (GTSM)
  • scheduling of timber harvesting and replanting operations
  • necessary social and environmental development measures to be implemented
  • conservation and protection measures ensuring responsible forest management 
  • human, technical and financial resource required to implement the FMP
  • monitoring procedures for an effective implementation of forest operations

 

Timber market

8. Timber markets and downstream processing

  • Analyze the current and future demands of the global timber markets.
  • Assess options of timber processing to create an optimum range of value-added products from existing timber resources.
  • Determine the preferable timber processing strategy and optimum product mix.
  • Develop suitable marketing and sales strategies for local and overseas markets.


9. Research and Development measures

  • determine the necessary R&D activities to be initiated for a continuous improvement
  • focus on environmentally sound timber harvesting methods and systems (e.g. Reduced Impact Logging/RIL)
  • conservation of soil and water resources
  • making use of genetically improved planting material
  • optimum plant nutrition
  • enhanced silvicultural management practices
  • analysis, modeling and monitoring of growth performance
  • integration of local communities into the overall management strategy
  • assess the potential of opportunities in the global carbon and forest conservation market

 

10. Forest Management Information System (FMIS)

  • Develop and employ state-of-the-art FMIS, including Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), using central database management with powerful analytic, query and reporting tools.


11. Human Resource Development

  • During labour recruitment, priority is given to employment of suitable local workers from nearby villages.
  • Establish in-house HRD facilities to systematically train staff and workers in a stepwise process.

 

12. Commitment to professional and responsible forest management

  • A professional team with long-term forest management experience is employed to achieve the objectives set by the company.
  • The company is committed to implement and continuously improve environmentally friendly, socially compatible and economically viable forest management methods and systems.
  • The company will comply with the Principles and Criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC P&C) and seek confirmation of its responsible management practices from independent accredited forest certification bodies on regular basis.