Glenealy Plantations is committed to undertaking the integrated High Conservation Value (HCV) – High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) assessment in any new development areas, and there will be no development in any identified HCV and HCS areas. All HCV and HCS areas identified through HCV-HCSA assessment in a new development if any, will be protected and managed. Glenealy Plantations practice a strict No Open Burning policy in the entire operation including new development or replanting.
Stream within oil palm plantation (jelalong)
Waterfall within oil palm plantation (Jelalong)
Glenealy Plantations has no existing plantings on peat and committed to no new development in peat area regardless of depth. If any existing oil palm developed on peat prior to 31st December 2015 were to come under the Glenealy Plantations management in the future, these areas will be managed following RSPO BMPs for existing oil palm cultivation on peat.
As part of Glenealy Plantations’s effort to protect the biodiversity and natural habitat areas, we conserve riparian buffer zones, steep slope areas and identified high biodiversity areas (HBV) within our oil palm plantations.
The riparian buffer zones within existing oil palm plantation are demarcated with signages to prohibit the application of chemical fertilizer, chemical spraying and other dos and don’ts. No planting on steep slope areas and existing vegetation will be preserved and planted with more native species for erosion control. HBV areas also been identified with the placement of signages to avoid unauthorized encroachment and to preserve the ecology.
Signage of prohibited activities such as chemical application within river buffer zone as 1 Jan 2019
Tree Planting program within river buffer zone to minimize the river bank soil erosion as per Mar 2021
Palm marking within river buffer zone as indication for prohibiting chemical application
Among the efforts Glenealy Plantations is taking to reduce GHG and waste in its plantation and milling operations are reducing the application of inorganic fertilizers with the use of compost and reducing fossil fuel by substitution with biomass.
In addition, as part of the contribution to minimize pollution, company is adhering to “Zero Open Burning” policy which include the prohibition of domestic waste burning. All the scheduled waste is disposed by licensed contractor besides internally promoting 3R campaign; reduce, reuse and recycle as part of the waste management program.
The establishment of composting plant at Timora Palm Oil Mill (Sabah) which commenced its operation from 1st January 2020 is part of our effort to reduce POME’s BOD level before discharging into the water course.
The Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB), composting process utilizes approximately 60%~70% of the POME generated thereby reducing the methane gas emission during the POME treatment process.
Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring
A biodiversity assessment is a systematic measure of some defined ecosystem components often thought of as an indicator or surrogates of the conservation status or area. For example, assessing areas of High Biodiversity Value (HBV) area is vital to determine key areas for future conservation efforts and also as a tool to measure species communities/compositions or even to discover life that will be new to science.
Biodiversity monitoring is quite similar to biodiversity assessment except that it will be repeated over time to gather information about trends and possible trajectories of population on certain species in the habitat being studied. The assessment will basically will act as a baseline data or information in which, any monitoring will be developed and executed.
Signage pf prohibited activities (e.g. hunting) at HBV area as 1 Jan 2019
Establishment of mini nursey for tree planting program within river buffer zone and HBV zone as per Nov 2020
Tree planting program within HBV zone to enrich the bio-diversity habitat as per Jan 2021
Camera Trapping program within HBV zone to monitor wildlife as per Mar 2021
Colouring Contest (Theme: Biodiversity enhancement and Protection) among Community Learning Center’s Student to create awareness on the important of Biodiversity Protection