Water remains an essential element for environment protection and oil palm productions. In order to ensure the sustainability of this important resource, we protect rivers by designating buffer zones. We also carry out various initiatives that aim to ensure optimal water conditions, thereby creating an ideal environment for oil palm cultivation. The objective of our water system management is to prevent flood, minimize erosion, and secure the water supply for our plantation areas during the dry season. The implementation of our water management system has been designed with careful consideration and comprehensive hydrology, agronomy, topography, as well as environmental and social impacts studies. The effectiveness and impact of the water management system, including its construction phase, have been carefully analyzed and evaluated.
We have put extraordinary efforts to protect water quality in managing the quality of water by periodically testing samples and analyzing the results at locations designated by each oil palm plantation. Samples are analyzed and approved by the Indonesian government and we will continue to do this.
In regard to water, we are primarily focused on controlling and reducing the impacts of chemicals on water quality in natural waterways. We aware of the problems posed by excessive use of agrochemicals, such as pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides which may be washed off by the rain into nearby natural waterways. As part of our commitment to reduce chemical usage, we prioritize non-chemical pest control measures for all our palm oil plantations. Our Integrated Pest Management Systems are designed to minimize the use of chemicals by relying on biological and cultural alternatives.
Integrated pest management is the practice of using a range of strategies to sustainably maintain pest populations within economic thresholds while creating minimal harm to local ecosystems. For example, by encouraging natural predators to reduce the use of chemical pesticides. Oil palm pests include rats, rhinoceros beetles, bunch moths, bagworms, and nettle caterpillars.
We are committed to continuous improvement and transparency in management and monitoring of endangered, endemic, and protected flora and fauna in order to maintain the biodiversity. Wildlife hunting is only allowed if it is performed by the local community and in a limited amount to fulfill the needs for food or traditional ceremony. Other than that, wildlife hunting is not allowed and the notice is shown on a signboard.