TFF’s engagement with PT Indexim Utama dates back to 2004 and a reduced impact logging research trial. The company has since moved on to achieve FSC certification with TFF guidance.
The Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF) has long asserted that a pragmatic adoption of Reduced Impact Logging (RIL) practices not only reduces the physical impact on the forest in some easy-to-measure ways, but that it can also generate cost savings and/or measurable increases in logging productivity. This second claim does not come without some caveats, but it does hold true for most situations.
The problem is how to convince a forest management unit to change to an RIL management system when they have become so used to conducting operations in a certain way, particularly when the potential savings are not always easy to demonstrate. For a handful of converts to RIL, there is no longer any doubt that RIL does, in fact, deliver on its promise of cost savings. PT Indexim Utama is one of these companies that came to believe by doing.
It began with a company instigated operational scale trial comparing a conventional approach to logging with a RIL approach. TFF provided the training and technical guidance in collaboration with the company’s close engagement from initial inventory, planning, operational activities right through to the post harvesting evaluation. The cost savings proved significant enough to convince the company to operationalize the RIL approach for its entire concession .
The axiom, “success breeds success”, held true for Indexim. Based on the successful demonstration trial of the RIL system, the company confidently embarked on a more ambitions goal, to achieve forest management certification.
Motivation to take on this bigger challenge came from the company’s industry, PT Surya Satria Timur. The industry had already achieved chain-of-custody certification under the FSC system but had no certified wood to process under its certification license.
Indexim took the opportunity offered by The Borneo Initiative (TBI) certification support facility by joining TBI in July 2010 with technical sponsorship provided by TFF.
PT Indexim Utama is a member of the Surya Satria Timur Group and is the main supplier of logs to the industry by the same name located in the South Kalimantan capital of Banjarmasin. Logs are transported down the Barito River and processed into a variety of panel products in the company’s industry.
Indexim is a 52,480 hectare concession located in the moderately hilly terrain of Central Kalimantan near the convergence of the border with East and South Kalimantan. The area is known for its rich biodiversity and the company’s certification helps to ensure its survival as a core area within this ecosystem threatened by advancing conversion to other land uses.