Protecting Batangtoru Forest Biodiversity, Agincourt Resources Holds Fauna Inspection Training

Batangtoru, 23 December 2021 — PT Agincourt Resources (PTAR), the operator of the Martabe Gold Mine, held a fauna inspection training to identify and ensure the presence of target fauna and protected fauna on land to be cleared for mining operations. PTAR allocates resources for environmental management and monitoring in 2021 amounting to USD 9,182,494.
The training activity, which was attended by dozens of PTAR employees, was held at the Martabe Gold Mine location for two days on 14-15 December 2021 and involved an ecologist from the University of North Sumatra (USU), Onrizal, S.Hut, M.Si, PhD. as a facilitator. Onrizal presented material on how to identify and ensure that these animals are not disturbed or even extinct during the operations in the area to be cleared. If a target species is observed or found in a pre-clearing inspection then clearing within the area must be stopped until the animal is safe.
PTAR General Manager Operations, Rahmat Lubis stated that this fauna inspection training activity is very important in sustainable mining activities. “This is an effort to preserve and protect the existence of fauna, especially protected fauna species,” said Rahmat. Rahmat revealed, PTAR has allocated resources for environmental management and monitoring in 2020, at a cost of USD 6.45 million and in 2021 amounting to USD 9.2 million. These resources include funds for implementing environmental management, human resources to carry out environmental management tasks, and also the use of technology to ensure optimal environmental management. “These resources are allocated to ensure that environmental management at the Martabe Gold Mine location meets the quality standards and applicable regulations,” said Rahmat.

Rahmat added, PTAR also cooperates with researchers, universities, independent institutions, and other third parties in the protection of biodiversity, especially through education, socialization, and prevention related to hunting and wildlife trade. PTAR is committed to maintaining the Batangtoru forest ecosystem and the existence of various protected species, by conducting and supporting conservation activities in a sustainable and responsible manner. “PTAR continues to coordinate and collaborate with other stakeholders in North Sumatra and South Tapanuli, especially in Batangtoru, including local governments and authorities to identify the best conservation programs, and actively help establish and conserve tropical rainforests for the sake of sustaining flora and fauna habitats in the forests,” said Rahmat.
Meanwhile, Onrizal stated that one of the important things for wildlife management is how we can properly identify the species concerned. “This training will provide good knowledge for the colleagues at the Martabe Gold Mine to be more skilled and reliable in identifying fauna species, so that the management of biodiversity in Martabe can be even better,” said Onrizal. “Biodiversity is of great value and its management is a shared responsibility. This training indicates PTAR has a strong commitment and in line with my competence and expertise, I will support PTAR in managing biodiversity,” said Onrizal.
Meanwhile, Supriadi, an employee who is also a training participant from the Exploration Department, said he was very enthusiastic about participating in this training. “I am very grateful because PTAR is very aware of flora and fauna. This training opens our horizons when exploring in the field to protect flora and fauna, by recording and reporting as taught in this training,” he said.
PTAR Senior Manager Corporate Communications, Katarina Siburian Hardono added that the main target of PTAR’s policy related to the protection of biodiversity is the ecosystems that are in/close to the working area of the Martabe Gold Mine, because even though PTAR’s work area is outside a protected area, it is close to an area that has high biodiversity. PTAR recognizes that the operations carried out have the potential to affect the survival of the fauna and flora in the vicinity.
“Therefore, PTAR is committed to minimizing the impact of its operations by making efforts to prevent, minimize and mitigate risks to biodiversity throughout the company’s business cycle, take responsibility for land use and plan and modify design, construction and operating practices to protect certain endemic or protected fauna and flora species,” concluded Katarina.

Photo 1: The participants of Fauna Inspection Training are attending the training

Photo 2: The participants of the fauna inspection training take a group photo after the practice in the field

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