Sinar Mas Forestry (SMF) manages companies that operate forest plantations in Sumatra and Kalimantan. Sinar Mas Forestry is the exclusive supplier of raw materials for pulp and paper mills Asia Pulp & Paper.
Water management in the Sinar Mas Forestry plantations presents an immense amount of challenges. With over 2.6million hectares of concession areas to manage, a comprehensive and dynamic water management plan is essential. For example, during the annual dry season, water table management is critical to prevent peat fires and for peatland forest conservation. However during the wet season, attention is switched to flood management at low elevation areas.
Defining and understanding these water zones is critical to ensure healthy tree growth for paper production and environmental protection. To achieve its production and environmental goals, field hydrological data pertaining to sedimentation in rivers and canals and water budget planning in water zones becomes a critical factor. The use of appropriate technology in the management of industrial plantations water infrastructure to support managerial professionals is essential.