At IndoMet Coal in Indonesia and across our entire business sustainability underpins everything we do. Enhancing biodiversity and protecting the environment are important to us and we know it is important to our stakeholders and the communities where we operate.
Our biodiversity strategy (to avoid or, where this is not possible, minimise impacts, while enhancing regional biodiversity conservation outcomes in Kalimantan) is founded on our understanding of the biodiversity values of the area; a result of extensive environmental impact assessments over the past nine years.
Through an environment and biodiversity in design process, input into project design includes opportunities to avoid impacts to high biodiversity value areas. This is particularly important for infrastructure corridors which can fragment the landscape.
In addition, for nearly a decade, we have been working closely with the communities of the Murung Raya district in Central Kalimantan on identifying conservation priorities, sustainable development options and conservation leadership.
In 2006, IndoMet Coal began supporting the Borneo Orang-utan Survival Foundation’s focus on the release of rehabilitated orang-utans into the wild and since that time, we have assisted in the release of over 200 rescued from locations outside Murung Raya.
We formed a partnership with Fauna and Flora International (FFI) in 2008 which saw the organisation contribute to our Biodiversity Strategy and a High Conservation Value Assessment of Murung Raya District. These documents are important to the way we work and add to our overall understanding of the region as forests can have biological, ecological, social or cultural values considered important on a local, regional or national level.
We have also launched a 5-year Community Forest Conservation Project with FFI and Danau Usung, a community close to the district capital of Puruk Cahu.
Collaborative workshops were held in the community which focused on community planning, basic land use mapping, collection of baseline socio-economic and demographic data and the submission of formal requests to the Government to recognise their customary rights.
Danau Usung is now advanced in the process of gaining those rights to almost 100 hectares in the Liang Karo forest. The managed area is a source of drinking and irrigation water, forest products, medicinal plants and serves as an important role in their cultural wellbeing.
Following the project’s success, the local government has requested assistance helping other villages submit similar formal requests to gain the same rights in their local areas.
In addition to operating an environmentally responsible and ethical business, we know we can also make a broader contribution to the communities, regions and nations in which we operate.