As a leading pulp and paper manufacturer, Indah Kiat's Perawang Mill realizes that its operations should never be at the expense of environment. The company bears responsibility for the environmental impacts on its products and operations.
Indah Kiat commitment to environmental protection is clearly indicated in the company’s environment policy as follows:
- Protection of the environment by prevention of pollution and compliance with environmental legislation and regulation
- Continuous improvement in production and energy efficiency, resources recycling and waste minimization
- Close monitoring of environmental performance
- Optimize the use of wood resources
- Environmental awareness
- Ppreventions’ of infectious diseases
- Preservation of Siak Traditional Woven Cloth
- Emergency preparedness and response
- Public Education Center "Rumah Pintar"
- Public library
ARBORETUM / ELEPHANT PARK
Arboretum is classified as a protected forest. The Protected forest is normally set aside during the early planning of landscape layout for conserving wildlife corridors, sensitive areas to erosion and high slopes for land slide, water catchment areas and habitat of endemic/endangered species.
Besides being a protected area, the arboretum is also being developed into an educational, research and recreational center. The arboretum and elephant park are parts of the protected areas covering the total areas of 42 hectares.
This arboretum is made up of a rich lowland dipterocarps forest. Many of the trees are comprised of dipterocarpacae family made up of species like shorea, dipterocarpus, vatica, hopea, Dryo balanops and parashorea.
In terms of flora, there are 135 species of flowering plants and 16 species of palms found here. The endemic/endangered flora species that are growing here are: kulim/Scorodocarpus (garlic trees), Gaharu/Aquilaria),Arang-Arang/Diospyros oblongus, Suntai Balam/Palaqium gutta, Meranti Batu/Shorea platycarpus, Meranti Kunyit/Shorea parvifolia. This forest does provide some Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) like fruits, honey bees, medicinal herbs (Indonesian Viagra- Eurycoma Longifolia) and also provides other recreational and environmental services.
We allow the local people to collect the Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) for their own consumption. They do collect kulim fruits for vegetables requirements. They also collect honey from the bee nests found in the tall trees in the arboretum. These trees are called ‘Sialang’ in local names, which provide good ventilation for bees as they are normally taller than other trees.
With regards to fauna, we have found 26 species of animals comprising of mammals, reptiles, birds and fishes. The big endangered mammals found here are elephants/Elephasmaximus, honey bear/Helarctis Malayanus, kijang/muntiacus muntjak, and long-tail monkey/Macaca fasicularis. There is also snake/phyton molurus and birds found here.
We have found the protected big bird known as Hornbill/ (Buceros rhinoceros) in this forest. There is also king fisher bird/ Alcedo atthis found here always perching on the trees branches along the stream ready to capture the fish.
We have established a local/native species nursery here. The fruits/seeds and the seedlings found on the forest floor are collected. So, the arboretum also acts a seeds and seedlings bank for native species. The collected seeds are normally sowed. The wildings are pulled out and then are transferred to poly bags for propagation in this nursery. Once these seedlings are ready for planting, we will replant them in the degraded conservation forests.
We have adopted the elephants from the Wildlife Department in 1994. There are 7 elephants now (5 adult and 2 young elephants of 2 and 3 years old respectively).
We have established various nature trails with most of the trees have been labeled with identification tags both in local and botanical names. This is part of our objective to develop this place as an educational center for subjects in environment, ecology, biology and botany. In addition to this, we also plan to implement joint research studies with universities, research bodies and forest department in this area.