MONITORING PERIOD JAN-DEC 2021
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 2021 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
|Strictly banned of hunting by workers via the implementation of DF circular 6/99||DF Circular 6/99 was emphasized to the staff and forest workers during RTE awareness briefing conducted on 12th – 13th October 2021.“NO HUNTING” and requirement of DF Circular 6/99 signboard was display at the base camp, site camp and forest nursery camp.|
|Appointment of Honorary Wildlife Ranger||FMU submitted an application to the Wild Life Controller for the re-appointment of HWLR via ref no. SFM/MM/2021 (02). As of today, the application is still in progress.|
|To educate workers and local communities to identify RTE species and on the need to protect RTE and wildlife.||RTE awareness briefing conducted on 12th – 13th October 2021. 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. No longhouse visit in 2021 as no gathering is allowed during pandemic covid-19.|
|HCV 1.2 |
|Controlled entry to the FMU and record all wildlife collected from FMU (if any).||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 2021.|
|Conduct wildlife survey (i.e. camera trap, rapid survey, opportunistic sighting) for more accurate determination of RTE species and its species composition.||In 2021, three (3) wildlife monitoring activities were conducted. Camera trap – Coupe 18AR and Coupe 02AR (salt lick) Line transect – Coupe 03AR In 2021, only two newly recorded wildlife species were found in the FMU. The new record was pygmy squirrel and frogmouth which was observed during the line transect survey at Coupe 03AR. As of December 2021, FMU has identified 120 wildlife species, which are 37 mammals, 72 aves, 7 amphibians and 4 reptilians|
|Monitoring of RTE of flora species through enumeration activity||Summary of the tree for protection for Coupe 3 in 2021 is as below. |
FT- 0.021 tree/ha
HCV 1.3 – Endemic Species
|HCV 1.3 |
|To educate workers to identify endemic species and the need for protection.||Preparation of Tree Identification Checklist to the surveyors|
The tree will be tagged with a blue tag and mapped.
|HCV 1.3 |
|Ground demarcation and mapping of Sg. Suau salt lick||Sg. Suau salt lick was demarcated with 100m radius buffer zone.|
The area is also mapped in HCV map and mapping in a detailed harvesting plan will be conducted once operation reached the coupe in 2037/2038.
HCV 1.4 – Critical Temporal Use
| HCV 1.4|
|Ground demarcation and mapping of Sg. Suau salt lick||Sg. Suau salt lick was demarcated with 100m radius buffer zone. The area is also mapped in HCV map and mapping in a detailed harvesting plan will be conducted once operation reached the coupe in 2037/2038.|
|HCV 1.4 |
|Monitor species dependency of salt lick using camera traps||Based on the data collected by SFM Dept from Oct 2020 – Feb 2021, the salt lick is actively used by wildlife. The list of wildlife is as below. |
– sambar deer
– bearded pig
– bornean yellow muntjac
– long-tailed macaque
– pig-tailed macaque
– thick-spined porcupine
– thick-billed green pigeon
HCV 4.2 – Forest Critical to Erosion Control
|HCV 4.2 |
|Mapping of terrain class IV area as per GP and DP map and followed by mapping on CHP and ground demarcation.||The terrain class IV area was marked in the map as in GP and DP map of Raplex FMU. Ground demarcation of terrain IV will be conducted during Pre-enumeration activities by coupe to coupe continuously. In 2021, Terrain Class IV which is located at Coupe 3 Block 11-13 and Block 16 was demarcated (45.9 ha).|
|HCV 4.2 |
|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.||Monitoring has been conducted at terrain IV Coupe 3 Block 11, 13 and 16 in April, June and July 2021. |
No encroachment detected.
HCV 5.0 – Basic Needs of Local Communities
|HCV 5.0 |
|Demarcation and mapping of water catchment area located within Raplex FMU||The water catchment has been demarcated on the ground and mapped in HCV map. This will be included in Detailed Harvesting Plan (DP) and Comprehensive Harvesting Plan (CHP) for Coupe 17 (harvesting year 2037/2038).|
|Identifying HCV 5 site through consultative process with local community||No consultation with community due to Movement Control Order (MCO), travel restrictions and gatherings are not allowed.|
|HCV 5.0 |
|To inspect the integrity of demarcated water catchment area||Boundary monitoring conducted in May 2021. No encroachment was observed during the patrolling.|
HCV 6.0 – Cultural Identity of Local Communities
|HCV 6.0 |
|Mapping and ground demarcation of the area.||FMU has conducted ground demarcation and map Pulau Mali in HCV map.|
Mapping of Pulau Mali into Detailed Harvesting Plan will be conducted once harvesting operation reached Coupe 12 in the year 2031.
As for Batu Lintang, the effort to identify the location is still on-going.
|HCV 6.0 |
|Annual monitoring of boundary and signage||Boundary monitoring conducted on June 2021. No encroachment observed during patrolling.|
Updated on 1 Sep 2022 by SFM Department