Holcim Indonesia, in collaboration with the Bogor Institute of Agriculture, has jointly developed Holcim Educational Forest (HEF), a rehabilitated former quarry mining site covering 60ha of land in Cibadak, Sukabumi, West Java.
Holcim started mining operations at the site in Cibadak in 1975. In 2011, the company began to convert the former Cibadak quarry area into a protected forest area to help sustain local communities, tourism, and studies by academics and school children.
“HEF is expected to serve as a model and reference for post-mining reclamation and rehabilitation, to achieve a balanced sustainable environment at a former mine.
“Trees planted on the site have been selected to suit the character of the land and the local climate. The education forest will also serve as a place for research and education and for people's empowerment,” Holcim said in a press release.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Holcim and IPB¹s School of Forestry, the educational forest will be jointly managed by Holcim and the faculty.