Our long term commitment
For the past 15 years, KGC has been closely involved in community and social development in Central Kalimantan. To this end, the company set up a foundation, Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta (YTS) in 1997 and has provided management, staffing, and financial support for its work ever since.
To date, YTS has been providing social, economic, and institutional support to 20 Dayak villages surrounding KGC's copper-gold project in Central Kalimantan, and eventually expects to work with all 31 villages in the area. In East Kalimantan, YTS works in the communities closest to its Jelai epithermal gold project. In both locations, YTS is helping villagers to analyse, plan, set priorities and make decisions on a whole range of issues affecting their daily life, everything from local education and health services to economic and livelihood opportunities, and the development of local infrastructure.
The directors of KGC are entirely committed to the community programme, not only to ensure that local communities share in the benefits of any future mining activity, but also as part of the company's long term social license to operate. This commitment is recognized by a range of external stakeholders, including Freeport-McMoRan, KGC's joint venture partner on the copper-gold project, and Tigers Realm Minerals, KGC's partner on the Jelai gold project.
The YTS approach
The YTS mission can be summed up as follows: "To promote and support the sustainable and equitable development of communities and society as a whole in Kalimantan."
YTS facilitates community development in the villages close to KGC's exploration areas in Kalimantan. This development strengthens the capacity of villagers and village institutions to manage the impacts from future mining development on the social, economic, environmental and cultural integrity of the community.
YTS staff facilitates and supports a community-led process of analysis, planning, and action. This process enables communities to take charge of their own development agenda and to engage more effectively with outsiders from government, companies, and civil society organizations. The result of the community analysis provides a deeper level of understanding of the dynamics in each community, and leads to the formulation of much more realistic support programs.
Each village develops its own annual Community Development Plan. And then, YTS helps the village find the means to implement the plan, including sourcing support from government and donor agencies. This approach empowers villagers to improve their situation from within and to find the ways and means to take action on the priority activities they identify in their plan.
A partnership of interests
In addition to village-based development, YTS is seeking a framework for regional development. The objective is to bring together a partnership of interested parties - from government, civil society, business and funding agencies - who will work together to build an integrated platform for future development of all sectors in Kalimantan. This will provide a rational basis for investment. Priorities become clear and critical gaps in knowledge, capacity, policy and services can be acted upon. With a framework developed collaboratively, there is common agreement on how to move forward to achieve objectives in the most responsible way. YTS has already collaborated with two United Nations agencies, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as well as with several non-governmental organizations, such as the Ford Foundation.
The Global Mercury Project
YTS involvement in UNIDO's Global Mercury Project has drastically reduced emissions of mercury in many towns and villages in Kalimantan, through the use of simple and affordable technology. Water-box condenser systems have now been supplied to around 100 gold shops throughout Central Kalimantan. In addition, the YTS team has distributed about 200 steel retorts to small-scale miners. Since 2007, this effort has prevented over 15,000 kg of atmospheric mercury emissions from taking place. With funding support from the Blacksmith Institute and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the team is now also working on sustainable ways to clean-up mercury-contaminated tailings dumps.
Kalimantan Kids Club
Kalimantan Kids Club was established in 1986 to help poor Dayak families educate their children. In remote areas, schooling is limited to elementary level. Young people have to leave their village in order to complete their basic education, and students from poorer families cannot afford this expense.
To date, more than 100 young people have received scholarships to continue their education to higher levels. The scholarships provide a commitment to subsidize school fees, supplies, and living expenses until the students complete their education.
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The environment and biodiversity are big issues in exploration & mining today.
Responding to global concerns over climate change, YTS and KSK are participating in initiatives to establish a 'Green Economy' in Kalimantan. We also have collaborated in the Business for Environment (B4E) initiative, including WWF's 'Heart of Borneo' program and a scoping study on 'High Conservation Value Forestry' in our CoW, with The Nature Conservancy.
Since 2004, YTS has been supporting community involvement in the government's bottom-up planning mechanism, called 'Musrenbang'. This activity reinforces the community-based participatory planning process that YTS facilitates, by drawing the result - the 'Village Development Plan' - directly into the government arena, where the administration is obliged to respond to the collective needs and demands of villagers. YTS plans to extend this approach throughout the district, and has begun a Ford Foundation-funded initiative designed to improve the planning and budgeting capacity of district government for local communities.
Jl. Badak VII No 2
Palangka Raya 73112, Kalimantan Tengah
Tel: +62 536 3237184 / Fax: +62 536 3229187
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