Responsible forest management can help increase the value of standing forests and protect them from illegal logging, encroachment or conversion. In Indonesia, Borneo and Papua are two priority places where WWF is working with partners to conserve the remaining natural forest and encourage the private sector to actively take part in protecting important forest areas and wildlife species.

PT Jati Dharma Indah Plywood Industries is a 139,470 ha forest concession located in Nabire, Papua Province, with Merbau, a popular, exotic hardwood that is typically found in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Ocean, as its main product. The forest concession has two unique ecosystems; lowland to sub mountain tropical forest, and aquatic to terrestrial habitats, and is home to many wildlife species including the critically endangered Western long-beaked Echidna (Zaglossus bruijnii) or the Grizzled tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus inustus).

Valorizing unique habitats and implementing sustainable production & harvesting methods which respect forest ecosystems are key elements of successful sustainable forest management.

Through the RAFT partnership, WWF-Indonesia conducted Best Management Practice (BMP) trainings with PT. Jati Dharma Indah staff on the ground to help improve the company´s forest management system and prepare the concession for FSC certification. In August last year, the company officially achieved FSC/Chain of Custody (COC) certification and, in the same year, produced its first 197.719,11m3 of FSC-certified Merbau wood logs which have been exported mainly to Australia, Japan and the U.S.

This makes the company the first FSC-certified Merbau forest concession in Indonesia, and the fourth in the Papua region.