We have over 50 years of practical experience in the field of sustainable cultivation of lowland, wetland, and flatland situated within the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Flatland can be simply defined as the geographical area composed chiefly of land that varies little in elevation. It is notable for its flatness and lacks appreciable topographic relief. Meanwhile, lowland is considered as an area that is relatively lower than its surrounding and is usually not higher than 200 meters (660 feet). The range of elevation of land in Riau province, where our Sumatran project site is located, is between 2-91 meters above sea level.
Accordingly, wetland is recognized as a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally. Wetlands were generally considered as unproductive or undesirable lands in the past, but scientists now realize that wetlands actually play important roles in our ecosystem – they act as long-term storage of carbon dioxide (CO2), pollutant remover, flood and erosion controller, and is home for a great variety of plant and animal species. Peatland, consequently, is a type of wetland terrain without forest cover that is dominated by living, peat-forming plants. As defined by the the International Peatland Society /, this type of land is heterogeneous in nature and normally in the form of a mixture of more or less decomposed plant (humus) material that has accumulated in a water-saturated environment and in the absence of oxygen.
That being explained, our experience lies within the complex, intertwining point of all those types of land. Over the last five decades, we have been committed to develop the most sustainable integrated system to convert the relatively suboptimal lands situated within such a geographical area, into productive lands. With the comprehensive plantation system and water management trinity that we have continuously studied and developed, we believe that the methodology we implement to cultivate such lands has achieved maximum economic and social impacts while the environmental deterioration level is maintained to be as minimum as possible.
However, new challenges and trade-offs are definitely unavoidable and there is always room for improvement. Therefore, through this foundation, we invite outside collaboration to improve our system and to achieve our main objective in promoting the betterment of our food security hand in hand.