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Hundreds of teachers in Kalimantan and Papua attend virtual workshop on forest and land fire prevention

Posted: Aug 10, 2020 3 minute read SMART 261 views

Jakarta, 10 August 2020 – Hundreds of teachers from Kalimantan and Papua attended a virtual workshop on forest and land fire prevention held by Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food. This was the second series of workshops that the Company organised, after conducting a similar event attended by 200 teachers from six provinces in Sumatra in July.

The virtual workshop was a follow-up on the book launching of Rumbun dan Sahabat Rimba in the beginning of 2020. The purpose was to raise children’s awareness of the impacts of forest and land fire as well as how to prevent it through an interesting and exciting educational process.

“Having successfully conducted the first virtual workshop on forest and land fire prevention in Sumatra, we’d like to build on that success and open up the same opportunity for teachers in Kalimantan and Papua. Hopefully, the interesting and exciting method will help children from both the western and eastern tips of Indonesia understand the importance of forest and land fire prevention. That way, forest and land fire can be avoided when they grow up,” explained Agus Purnomo, Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food’s Managing Director of Sustainability and Strategic Stakeholder Engagement.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisation of this workshop had its own challenges. The Company’s initial plan was to have the activities carried out through direct meetings and interactions. Due to current developments, adjustments had to be made in various aspects, including switching to a virtual workshop concept. Additionally, uneven internet access in different places of the country required special attention. This was coupled by time difference between Kalimantan and Papua, which prompted some participants to start the activities earlier.

Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food hopes that the workshop-based educational activity can gradually raise community awareness, especially among children as the future generation, while at the same time complementing its fire-free programme which has been running since 2016, i.e. the Desa Makmur Peduli Api (DMPA) programme.

The workshop participants were highly enthusiastic about participating in the workshop. The teachers raised question after question regarding the workshop material which turned out to be especially relevant to their daily life or capacity development. As a result, several questions had to be answered after the event via emails due to time constraint.

“As teachers in Papua, we need to also improve our knowledge on forest and land fire prevention. Moreover, forest is essential to local communities in Papua. Besides providing us with oxygen supply, forest is an integral part of our culture,” explained Afni Bagunda, a participant from Papua.

Kalimantan was a focal point for this event considering the significant number of areas where fires took place outside oil palm concessions in 2019, especially in West, Central and South Kalimantan. Similarly, Papua had also seen land fires in areas amounting to more than 100,000 hectares.

The book Rumbun and Sahabat Rimba and other educational materials are available and can be downloaded online. The Company will continue its engagement with teachers through daily tips sent via WhatsApp to ensure they receive the necessary support for putting what they learnt during the workshop into effect.

 

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About Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food
In Indonesia, all Golden Agri-Resources’ (GAR’s) palm oil related businesses operate under the Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food brand. Outside of Indonesia, the majority of GAR-owned entities operate under the GAR brand. When talking about GAR’s total business interests in Indonesia, Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food is used.

Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food operates with a total planting area in Indonesia reaching more than 495,247 hectares (including plasma smallholders) as at 30 September 2019, located in Indonesia. It has integrated operations focused on the production of palm-based edible oil and fat. Focus on sustainable palm oil production, its primary activities in Indonesia include cultivating and harvesting of oil palm trees; processing of fresh fruit bunch into crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel; refining CPO into value-added products such as cooking oil, margarine, shortening, biodiesel and oleo-chemicals; as well as merchandising palm products throughout the world. It also has operations in China and India including a deep-sea port, oilseeds crushing plant, production capabilities for refined edible oil products as well as other food products such as noodles.

Founded in 1996, GAR was listed on the Singapore Exchange in 1999 and has a market capitalisation of US$2.1 billion as at 30 September 2019. Flambo International Limited, an investment company, is currently GAR’s largest shareholder, with a 50.35 percent stake. GAR has several subsidiaries, including PT SMART Tbk which was listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange in 1992. GAR is focused on responsible palm oil production.

For more information about Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food, visit www.smart-tbk.com

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