PT Triputra Agro Persada (TAP) collaborates with Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara (YKAN) in the Integrated Land and Forest Fire Prevention Management Program. This collaboration develops integrated forest and land fire prevention management (KarHutLa) as a comprehensive village planning model that integrates environmental, social, and economic values through the Inspirational Action for Change (SIGAP) approach from YKAN.
SIGAP is an asset-based community empowerment approach owned by the village in managing natural resources in a sustainable manner. Through the SIGAP approach, this collaboration aims to strengthen TAP's Desa Makmur Peduli Api (DMPA) program in promoting sustainable forest area management practices, which have social, economic and ecological impacts. This program takes place in three stages and will be evaluated at each stage. The first phase lasts for one year, starting from July 2020 to June 2021, in two villages assisted by TAP's subsidiary, PT Yudha Wahana Abadi (YWA). The two assisted villages are Merapun Village and Muara Lesan Village, which are located in Kelay District, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan.
“Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara believes that efforts to conserve nature and improve people's welfare can go hand in hand. Through the SIGAP approach, we strengthen village governance in managing village assets, ensure they have the right to manage natural resources, and encourage sustainable village community economic activities," said the Executive Director of Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara, Herlina Hartanto.
“The DMPA program aims to empower the community's economy in our assisted villages by optimizing the existence of Village Owned Enterprises (BUMDes) through an asset approach and environmental protection. It is hoped that the community can find potential and manage new economic resources while maintaining the environment so as to avoid land clearing by burning," said TAP President Director Tjandra Karya Hermanto.
This approach focuses on local community participation and ensuring their commitment to forest and natural resource management, while enhancing their livelihoods through alternative economic activities outside the forest area. The activities of the SIGAP approach include communicating the long-term vision of village land protection and village development; formulate a green village development plan that is environmentally, socially and economically integrated; establishing collaborative forest arrangements with companies; and securing forest management rights and access to financial support.
“We believe that each individual is an important component in efforts to conserve nature in Indonesia. Community involvement is an opening door for residents to be empowered and able to continue sustainable forest management efforts. The environment is maintained, the social and economic needs of the community are also met," added Herlina.
"We hope that through this activity, the integration of the SIGAP approach to DMPA can encourage active participation of residents to optimize village potential in developing environmentally friendly economic activities, thereby reducing the potential for forest and land fires," said YWA President Director Joko Minto Cahyono.
The collaboration of these two organizations is in line with the Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals proclaimed by the United Nations. Mainly on target number one, namely no poverty; target number two is no hunger; target number three is good health and well-being; target number four is education; target number eight is decent work and economic growth; target number 10 is reducing inequality; target number 13 is dealing with climate change and target number 17 is establishing partnerships to achieve goals.
About PT Triputra Agro Persada
PT Triputra Agro Persada didirikan pada tahun 2005 dan merupakan perusahaan yang bergerak di perkebunan sawit dan karet yang terletak di wilayah Jambi, Kalimantan Tengah dan Kalimantan Timur. PT Triputra Agro Persada bersama entitasnya memiliki komitmen untuk selalu menghasilkan minyak kelapa sawit (Crude Palm Oil) dan inti kelapa sawit (Palm Kernel) yang berkualitas tinggi untuk memenuhi kebutuhan pasar di dalam negeri maupun di luar negeri.
Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara (YKAN) is a scientific-based non-profit organization that has been present in Indonesia since 2014. With the mission of protecting lands and waters as life support systems, we provide innovative solutions to realize the harmony of nature and humans through effective natural resource management, prioritizing a non-confrontational approach, and building a network of partnerships with all stakeholders for a sustainable Indonesia. For more information, visit ykan.or.id.