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WWF-HoB Newsletter March Final

WWF-HoB Newsletter March Final

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The hearT of borneo
March 2011 Newsletter
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Newsletter – March 2011
Heart o Borneo
More than 600 Indonesian governmentand business leaders joined former USVice President and Nobel Laureate, AlGore and WWF-Indonesia’s CEO, DrEfransjah, at a gala dinner in early Januaryin Jakarta.
The event celebrated the United Naon’sInternaonal Year of the Forest and
provided the opportunity to discuss the
role business will play in nding forestsoluons to the future challenges to come
as a result of climate change.HoB used the event to launch a new
iniave called the
Green BusinessNetwork 
(GBN). The GBN aims to getbusiness engaged in delivering the
Heart of Borneo Declaraon made by
the governments of Indonesia, Brunei
Al Gore and WWF unite or Forestand Climate conservation
 
Find our previous newsletters online at:http://ww.panda.org/what_we_do/where_we_work/borneo_orests/publications
Al Gore addresses the crowd of 600 leaders from Indonesian business and Government.
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Darussalam and Malaysia in 2007, seekingto conserve and sustainably manage the22 million hectares of trans-boundaryforests that stretch across the island of Borneo.WWF-Indonesia’s CEO, Dr Efransjah said,“We know the commitments under the
Heart of Borneo Declaraon cannot be
achieved without the support of theprivate sector. Tonight, we highlight
soluons for involving business in greengrowth and oer them a range of tools to
help them to do that.”
Inuential voice
As one of the world’s most inuenal
voices on the environment and climatechange, Mr Gore delivered an exclusivekeynote address, sharing his vision for therole of forests in a sustainable future.
“The beginning of the U.N. InternaonalYear of the Forests is the perfect meto insgate the impressive collaboraon
that this dinner and the forthcomingB4E gathering between the businesscommunity, government leaders andNGOs, represents,” he said.He went on to outline the huge advantagefor Indonesia to become the regionalleader in the pursuit of a green economywhich is developed in partnership withbusiness. “ A green economy may notbe the easy choice today, but historywill show it is the right choice, morally,economically and environmentally,” hesaid.
"A green economy may not be theeasy choice today, but history willshow that it is the right choice." -Al Gore
 
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March 2011 Newsletter
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In the last Newsleer, I foreshadowed
“the beginnings of more successes tocome in 2011” and we started the New
Year with a really big bang!
On January 9
th
, WWF joined forces withNobel Laureate and former U.S. VicePresident Al Gore and more than 600government and business leaders to
celebrate the United Naons InternaonalYear of the Forests and discuss the roleof business in nding forest soluons
to the challenge of climate change.WWF-Indonesia’s CEO, Dr Efransjahalso took the opportunity to launch the
Business Soluons: Delivering on the HoBDeclaraon
report on behalf of the HoB.
The rst of its kind, this report
collaborated with 84 businesses in theHeart of Borneo to evaluate the current
pracces and potenal for achieving
sustainability within the forestry, palm oiland mining sectors. WWF is keenly awarethat the commitments under the Heart of 
Borneo Declaraon cannot be achieved
without the support of the private sector.WWF also launched the Green Business
Network, a business-to-business plaormto support transformaon across key
sectors.Engaging with business and industry isnot always an easy task, yet for WWF’sgoals of the HoB to be achieved, itcannot be avoided. The forestry, palmoil and mining sectors have been and will
connue to be, the engines of economic
growth in the region. Our challenge is
to nd ways to work with these sectors
to catalyze “business as (un)usual”,whereby more sustainable and equitabledevelopment pathways become thenorm.
We have been collaborang withIndonesia’s Naonal Climate Council,Provincial governments and consulngrm, McKinsey to beer understandopportunies and constraints as well aspriorize potenal soluons to achieving
green growth in East and Central
Kalimantan areas of the HoB. We have
also just wrapped up a scoping studywith PriceWaterhouseCoopers, moving
Business as (un) usual
FromAdam Tomasek,Leader, Heart oBorneo Initiative
towards the development of a greeneconomy roadmap for the whole HoB. Inboth cases, it is clear that business andindustry have a major role to play in afuture green economy.
Earlier this month WWF Internaonal’s
Director General Jim Leape spoke tobusiness media in Singapore about theimportance of working with businessand industry. “We need to move now torecognize the fundamental importanceof the natural capital upon which the
enre economy depends, and ensure thatconservaon of that capital is brought
into the heart of public and corporate
decision-making.” He connued, “The way
of the future is now being shown by thecountries and companies that are nowmoving strongly to invest in renewable
energy sources and beer stewardship of forests, sheries, and other resources.
These words ring very true for the Heart
of Borneo Iniave. The work we are
doing with governments, business and
communies to create a green economy
for the Heart of Borneo is fundamentalto the long-term viability of biodiversity,ecosystems and livelihoods. This changewill not be realized unless we aresuccessful in working together with theprivate sector. We are hopeful that our
eorts in the Heart of Borneo will providepraccal examples of how “business as
(un)usual” can create a green economy.The HoB is encouraging the government of Brunei Darussalamto move forward with plans to establish a Wildlife Department
in the Bornean Naon.During an address to the Brunei Nature Society at Universi
Brunei Darussalam, HoB Special Advisor to Brunei, Dato
Dr Mikaail Kavanagh (pictured), urged the government
to formalize its plans for a department dedicated to themaintenance of wildlife in the dense forests of Brunei, saying
this could help eecvely address wildlife conservaon issues.
"Every country should have the capacity to manage its ownnatural resources,” he said.In the long term, it is hoped that a Wildlife Department could
help nurture local Bruneian experse in the environmental
sector, making Brunei less reliant on foreign experts. "Ithas always been our purpose to have a department looking
aer our wildlife," said the Minister of Industry and PrimaryResources, Pehin Yayha Bakar. "Considering the complexity…of the Heart of Borneo project, which involves ora andfauna…it should be given closermonitoring and protecon by
relevant bodies," he said.It is hoped the budget to establisha Wildlife Department such as thismay be proposed next year. "Such
priories will mainstream the HoB
both economically and socially,” said
Kavanagh. “If resourced adequately,
this could be a major contributor to
the naonal eort to diversify the
economy in the long term," he added.
Brunei connues to play an
instrumental role in the ongoing progress of the Heart of Borneo
Iniave, allocang more than half of the country's land area tothe HoB and rapidly establishing its Naonal HoB Council to guidethe implementaon of a holisc, mul-sectored program.
Brunei’s unique landscape to benet rom establishment o Wildlie Departments
Dato Dr Mikaail Kavanagh
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March 2011 Newsletter
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January 18
th
, 2011 saw a third group of four forest concessionaires sign support
agreements with The Borneo Iniave
(TBI) covering a total amount of 897,150ha within the HoB region. This willbring the total area of natural forest onthe way to Forest Stewardship Council
(FSC) cercaon as a result of TBI to
2,308,940 ha.This is a promising development forTBI, which aims to have added a total
of 4 million ha of FSC cered forests in
Photos have emerged from Brunei in theHoB, proving the existence of a rare, blackform of the endangered Bornean Clouded
Leopard. Sciensts made the discovery
through the use of an array of camera
traps, which yielded the rst photographicevidence that there is a melanisc (i.e.
with predominantly black pigment) formof the Clouded Leopard living on Borneo.The camera traps were placed in strategic
locaons around the Sungei Protected
Forest as part of the Sungei Ingei Faunal
Survey Expedion which has the aimof documenng the wildlife for scienceand to provide a basis for conservaonmanagement. As a project of UniversiBrunei Darussalam, the Expedion willdirectly contribute to Brunei’s naonaleorts to conserve the precious landscape
in the Heart of Borneo.
Unl now, only a few unconrmedsighngs have suggested that a melaniscform occurs in the populaon. The
photograph, taken in the survey area in
July 2010, though indisnct, denitely
shows the animal approaching thecamera, uphill at a distance. The Leopard,as can be seen in the enlarged picture
(below), is very dark with paerned
markings, which is a contrast to all otherpictures of Clouded Leopards which showthe usual colour forms.The Sungei Protected Forestis known for its extraordinarilydiverse tree species. Whilethe data are not yet completeor fully analysed, recordsemerging from the FaunalSurvey are showing that this is
reected in a rich diversity of 
wild animals. This most recentdiscovery is part of a growingbody of evidence that shows
the signicant conservaon
value of this area in the HoB.
First ever photograph o the rare and endangeredMelanistic Bornean Clouded Leopard
Borneo by 2015. It also suggests that theremay now be a possibility of moving wellbeyond this target both within Indonesiaand elsewhere in the region.TBI was established in 2010 to promoteresponsible management of tropical
rainforests by supporng forestry companies
in their movement towards achieving the
naonal cercate for responsible logging
(Lembaga Ekolabel Indonesia or LEI) as
well as the internaonally renowned FSCcercaon.
The Borneo Initiative at top speed as our new orestconcessions sign up to reach FSC certication in 2011
The new photo of the Melanisc clouded leopard 
By: J.K. Charles, Ang Bee Biaw, Samhan Nyawa, Simmons Benalai, Dato Dr Mikaail Kavanagh
The usual colour paern of the Clouded Leopard 
The Clouded Leopard is endangeredthroughout Borneo and under the Brunei
Wildlife Protecon Act (1984) it is a
protected species. While it is not one of the big cats, it is the largest predator onBorneo, having dagger-like canine teeth
that are the largest of any cat in relaon
to body size.While Brunei is small compared withthe overall size of Borneo, it is knownto include some of the island’s bestpreserved primary forest. It is vital
that ndings such as this photographic
evidence of the Black Clouded Leopardare used to support the case for ongoing
conservaon in this, one of the most
biologically rich areas in the world.
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