HIGH CONSERVATION VALUE FOREST (HCVF)
PUBLIC SUMMARY

 

The High Conservation Value Assessment at Raplex FMU has been conducted by Pinnacle Forest Solutions Sdn Bhd together with Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) team on 14th-26th March 2017 and produced the HCV assessment report in June 2017.

As required under the Common Guidance for the Management and Monitoring of High Conservation Values (2014) by HCV Resource Network, once HCV assessment report has been produced by the assessor (i.e. SFC), the management or the HCV manager shall prepare management and monitoring plan based on the report prepared by the assessor.

Therefore, the Sustainable Forest Management Department of Ta Ann Holdings Berhad has undertaken the review, coordination and consultation process which includes ground verification of identified HCV as per reported in HCV report prepared by SFC, consultation with field surveyors and local communities and also distributed HCV report to Forest Department Sarawak (FDS) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) for their comment and review.

SUMMARY OF MONITORING FOR IDENTIFIED HIGH CONSERVATION VALUE (HCV) ATTRIBUTES

 

HCV 1.1 – Protected Area

No gazettement of Protected Area within or around Raplex FMU in 2019 by State Government of Sarawak.

Raplex FMU to continuously monitor for official gazettement of the proposed national park. Once the area is gazetted, the management of Raplex FMU to implement suitable management and monitoring prescription to protect and conserve its HCV value.

HCV 1.2 – Rare, Threatened and Endangered (RTE) Species

No MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATION ACTION TAKEN
1 Strictly banned of hunting by workers via the implementation of DF circular 6/99.

 

a)     DF Circular 6/99 was emphasized to the staff and forest workers during RTE awareness briefing conducted on 12th – 14th February 2019.

b)     “NO HUNTING” and requirement of DF Circular 6/99 signboard was display at the base camp, site camp and forest nursery camp.

c)      An internal memo of no hunting was disseminated to forest workers on 28th February 2019.

2 Establishment of Honorary Wildlife Rangers in detecting wildlife offences and report to Forest Department. a)     Three (3) Honorary Wild Life Ranger has been appointed for Raplex FMU – Mr Lyno Bin Medang, Gendang ak Bili and Ms Stephanie ak Tulis.

 

3 To educate workers and local communities to identify RTE species and on the need to protect RTE and wildlife. a)     RTE awareness briefing conducted on 12th – 14th February 2019. Poster of gazetted Totally Protected and Protected Species of Sarawak under the Wild Life Protection Ordinance is available at base camp, site camp and forest nursery camp.

b)     During the social program at Punan Sama on 14th December 2019, the FMU also distribute the poster of Totally Protected and Protected species of flora and fauna to the local community.

 

No MONITORING RECOMMENDATION ACTION TAKEN
4 Controlled entry to the FMU and record all wildlife collected from FMU (if any).

 

a)     Book record of hunting activities are available at the gate for controlling the hunting activities by the local communities but no hunting activities by local through the gate were recorded in 2019.

b)     Based on consultation in Rh Empang and Rh Gendang, local community hunting and collection of non-timber forest product was conducted nearby the river without using FMU road.

5 Conduct wildlife survey (i.e. camera trap, rapid survey, opportunistic sighting) for more accurate determination of RTE species and its species composition. a)     Conduct collaborative research with Leibniz and UNIMAS for wildlife survey.

b)     Reported 38 species of wildlife were captured by the camera trap at Raplex FMU as recorded by Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in 2019.

c)      Six (6) out of eight (8) species of hornbill were observed through their call and/or direct sighting by UNIMAS during point count survey at Raplex FMU.

6 Monitoring of RTE of flora species through enumeration activity a)     Summary of the tree for protection for Coupe 1 in 2019 is as below.

Tree for Protection PT MT FT NT
Total tree 875 925 123 15
tree/ha 0.3438 0.3635 0.048 0.006
Total of tree for protection /ha 0.7613 tree/ha

HCV 1.3 – Endemic Species

No MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATION ACTION TAKEN
7 To educate workers to identify endemic species and the need for protection. a)     Preparation of Tree Identification Checklist to the surveyors

b)     The tree will be tagged with a blue tag and mapped.

 

No MONITORING RECOMMENDATION ACTION TAKEN
8 Continuous logging damage assessment a)     From RIL inspection of trees for protection in coupe 1 including PT, MT, NT, FT and PCT, 84.6% from 103 tree for protection was save from logging damaged.

HCV 1.4 – Critical Temporal Use

a) Salt Lick

No MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATION ACTION TAKEN
9 Ground demarcation and mapping of Sg. Suau salt lick a)     Sg. Suau salt lick was demarcated with approximate 100m radius buffer zone.

b)     The area is also mapped in HCV map and mapping in detailed harvesting plan will be conducted once operation reached the coupe in 2037/2038.

 

No MONITORING RECOMMENDATION ACTION TAKEN
10 Monitor species dependency of salt lick using camera traps

 

a)     Based on the data collected by UNIMAS from 25th October 2018 – July 2019, the salt lick is actively used by wildlife. The list of wildlife is as below.

No Common name Scientific name WPO IUCN CITES
1 Long-tailed macaque Macaca fascicularis P LC
2 Short-tailed mongoose Herpestes brachyurus P NT
3 Otter civet Cynogale bennettii P EN II
4 Thick-spined porcupine Hystrix crassispinis P LC
5 Bornean yellow muntjac Muntiacus atherodes LC
6 Red muntjac Muntiacus muntjak LC
7 Sambar deer Rusa unicolor VU
8 Bearded pig Sus barbatus VU
9 Thick-billed green pigeon Treron curvirostra LC
WPO 1998: P – Protected

IUCN: LC – Least Concern, NT – Near Threatened, VU – Vulnerable, EN – Endangered

CITES: II – Appendix II

b) Sun Bear Nest

No MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATION ACTION TAKEN
11 To confirm the presence of sun bear  in the area a)     Four (04) units of infrared sensor camera trap were installed at the site to confirm the activities of sun bear on 12th February 2019.

 

No MONITORING RECOMMENDATION ACTION TAKEN
12 Monitor presence of sun bear using camera trap a)     Camera traps installed for 6 months has captured 1,025 images, only 3 photos (0.003%) sun bear were detected.

b)     A site visit conducted on 11th July 2019 has confirmed that no new sun bear nest sighted in the area.

c)      It can be concluded that the sun bear nest found during HCV assessment conducted in 2017 is a temporary basis.

HCV 4.2 – Forest Critical to Erosion Control

No MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATION ACTION TAKEN
13 Mapping of terrain class IV area as per GP and DP map and followed by mapping on CHP and ground demarcation. a)     The terrain class IV area was marked in the map as in GP and DP map of Raplex FMU.

b)     Ground demarcation of terrain IV will be conducted during Pre-enumeration activities by coupe to coupe continuously.

 

No MONITORING RECOMMENDATION ACTION TAKEN
14 Periodical monitoring or inspection to ensure that the prescription is adhere to and ensure that no skid trails or tractor-based operation is allowed in the area. a)     There is no encroachment to the Terrain Class IV area as no terrain class IV available at coupe 01.

HCV 5.0 – Basic Needs of Local Communities

No MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATION ACTION TAKEN
15 Demarcation and mapping of water catchment area located within Raplex FMU a)     The water catchment has been demarcated on the ground and mapped in HCV map.

b)     This will be included in Detailed Harvesting Plan (DP) and Comprehensive Harvesting Plan (CHP) for Coupe 17 (harvesting year 2037/2038).

16 Identifying HCV 5 site through consultative process with local community a)     FMU has consulted community of Rh. Punan Sama, Belaga on 14th – 15th December 2019. All the identified site is either located within the Shifting Agriculture (SA) or outside the FMU.

 

No MONITORING RECOMMENDATION ACTION TAKEN
17 To inspect the integrity of demarcated water catchment area a)     Inspection was conducted on 11th July 2019, the demarcated boundary is still intact with no sign of encroachment.

HCV 6.0 – Cultural Identity of Local Communities

No MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATION ACTION TAKEN
18 Mapping and ground demarcation of the area. a)     FMU has conducted ground demarcation and map Pulau Mali in HCV map.

b)     Mapping of Pulau Mali into Detailed Harvesting Plan will be conducted once harvesting operation reached Coupe 12 in the year 2031.

c)      As for Batu Lintang, the effort to identify the location is still on-going.

 

No MONITORING RECOMMENDATION ACTION TAKEN
19 Annual monitoring of boundary and signage a)     No threat of encroachment by harvesting operation as current harvesting operation is located in Coupe 1 and Coupe 2.

 

(updated by SFM on 10 Jun 2020)

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