APRIL and Indonesia's Ministry of Environment and Forestry collaborate to manage Zamrud National Park in Siak, Indonesia

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APRIL and Indonesia's Ministry of Environment and Forestry collaborate to manage Zamrud National Park in Siak, Indonesia

July 21, 2016 - 05:32
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    SIAK, Indonesia, July 21, 2016 (Press Release) -
  • Public-private partnership to support the management of 50,000 hectares of the newly established National Park and wildlife reserves in Riau Province.
  • Builds on the capability of Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER), already actively restoring 150,000 hectares of peatland forest at the Kampar Peninsula.
  • Advances APRIL Group’s commitment to restoring or conserving one hectare of forest for each hectare of renewable plantation to almost 94% complete.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry collaborates with private sector to manage and protect the newly established Zamrud National Park in Siak, Riau as well as several wildlife reserves in Tasik Tanjung Padang, Tasik Besar Serkap and Tasik Belat in the Kampar Peninsula.

The conservation agreement to manage and protect a total area of 50,000 hectares at the Kampar landscape was formalized in a Memorandum of Understanding between the Riau Conservation Agency (BBKSDA), signed at the office of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Jakarta on 29 June 2016.

Zamrud National Park consists of 31,480 hectares of peatland forest and is the third to be established in Riau Province. On 4 May 2016, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry issued a Ministerial Regulation to change the status of the former wildlife sanctuary to a national park. The collaboration aims to secure the function of the new National Park and safeguard the area from the threat posed by illegal activities and fire. 

The newly established national park is a primary peat swamp and rich in biodiversity, including the iconic Serindit Melayu (loriculus galgulus) and 12 other birds on the IUCN protected list. It includes Danau Bawah and Danau Pulau Besar, comprising four floating islands - Pulau Besar, Pulau Tengah, Pulau Bungsu and Pulau Beruk.

Under the agreement, APRIL Group’s ecosystem restoration programme, Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER) will jointly manage the Zamrud National Park and wildlife reserves with Riau authorities. RER will support the conservation of biodiversity and its habitat, the protection of peatland forest areas, research and development, and capacity building at management and community level.

Managing Director APRIL Group Indonesia Operations Tony Wenas said APRIL is fully committed to this agreement  that aligns the company's conservation and restoration effort with the government's policy on protecting peatland from illegal encroachment.

"We are ready to work together with the government on this effort that focuses on landscape-level conservation," Tony Wenas said.

The agreement builds upon the existing ecosystem restoration work undertaken by Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER) at the Kampar Peninsula. A collaboration between APRIL Group, Fauna & Flora International and social NGO BIDARA, RER was launched in 2013 and is actively restoring 150,000 hectares of ecologically important forests that is home to 492 plant and animal species.