APRIL at Jakarta forestry exhibition
At the annual forestry exhibition in Jakarta, organized by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, APRIL and its operations unit PT. Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP) displays its sustainable forest management practice, eco-restoration program as well as its fire management capabilities.
The exhibition was held from November 12-14. Recently inaugurated Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar visited APRIL’s booth and was briefed by RAPP President Director Kusnan Rahmin.
APRIL’s fire mangement system attracted students who were interested to know more about ways to detect and extinguish fire. RAPP fire fighter, Panji Bintoro, explained to the visitors how the company process satelite information at its fire command center as well as the equipments used to supress fire.
APRIL has for years implement a strict no-burn rule on its concession areas but invest heavily on professional fire fighters and fire fighting equipments as every year it works to prevent fire from spreading into its forest plantations. Late fire detection means many hectares of burned acacia trees, APRIL’s main raw material.
Also at the venue, RAPP President Director Kusnan Rahmin held a panel discussion on sustainable forest management along with community development expert Nasihin Hasan from the Indonesian non-governmental organization Bidara and Dr. Suwardi from Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB).
Kusnan underlines RAPP’s responsbile mangement of peatland area that utilizes latest technology.
Indonesia has the climate and geographical advantage to grow its forestry industry sector that generates significant job creation in the country, Kusnan Rahmin told the audience.
“We have been implementing concrete forest restoration program and manages plantation in an environmentally conscious and sustainable manner,
“We will continue to be Indonesia’s partner in elevating the country’s economic growth by creating jobs and opportunities at rural areas such as Riau province and grow together with the local communities,” he said.