Sarpatim is the third forest concession to achieve certification under The Borneo Initiative certification support program and, together with the concessions of PT Sari Bumi Kusuma and PT Erna Djuiliawati, it is now part of the largest contiguous area of FCS certified forest in southeast Asia at some 535,520 hectares
Kayu Lapis Indonesia (KLI)
Sarpatim is one of a number of concessions managed by the Kayu Lapis Indonesia group. All of Sarpatims log production is shipped to KLI’s industrial complex outside Semarang, Central Java.
This complex includes Indonesia’s largest plywood factory, a sawmill, moulding plant, engineered flooring factory, and facilities for the manufacture of a wide range of secondary products from knock-down furniture to fencing products.
From Illegal Logging to SFM
The Sarpatim concession emerged from the unsettled decentralization efforts of the early 2000’s, badly bruised. A number of major rivers drain the vast concession area and are the access corridors to numerous communities. During the peak of illegal logging activities, they were also the transportation routes of highly organized illegal logging operations. It took determined government efforts and close collaboration with the company to bring under control, and eventually stamp out entirely, the illegal logging activities in and around the concession.
Challenges & Innovations
Sarpatim is one of the five concessions in Indonesia that are actively participating in the Ministry of Forests initiative to implement a more intensive form of silviculture, commonly referred to as the “Silin System”. This requires the systematic enrichment planting over all of the areas that the company logs in exchange for a reduced diameter limited.
Implementation of the Silin system, brought with it additional challenges, as well as opportunities. The clearing of planting lines, plus the high incidence of pioneer species in the second rotation cutting cycle, produced very significant quantities of small diameter wood, particularly from pioneer species such as Jabon.
In most Indonesian forest concessions this is considered ‘waste’ and left in the forest. However, Sarpatim has availed itself of the MoF facility to utilize waste as an add-on to its annual production quota.
TFFs first engagement with Sarpatim began in 2001 with the implementation of the first stage of an RIL training program. Over the next few years, TFFs engagement increased to include assistance in preparing the company for an independent legality and chain-of-custody audit. This lead, in 2008, to the successful establishment of a chain-of-custody and legality certificate and has brought greater assurances to KLI’s international marketing efforts.
TFF’s assistance to Sarpatim during this period also expanded to include the delivery of socio-economic inputs and trainings arranged with funding from the Responsible Asia Forest and Trade (RAFT) program. Sarpatim joined The Borneo Initiative certification support program under TFF sponsorship in January 2010 and was awarded the FSC certificate on December 21, 2011 by SmartWood-Rainforest Alliance.