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  • Certification Support Services

    FSC - RIL Verified, Legal VerifiedConsidered by many to represent the crowning recognition of exemplary achievement, FSC certification has long been held up as the ‘holy grail’ of sustainable forest management.

    In belated recognition of the challenges that the FSC standard presents for FMUs, particularly in the tropical world, various advocates of the FSC certification system have proposed elaborate “step-wise” schemes of recognizing progress and achievement towards the goal of certification.

    TFF-Indonesia has inadvertently come to realize that its open approach of engagement and its range of complimentary services, has proven highly successful in encouraging forest management companies to strive for ever increasing measure of excellence.  Most of the companies that first engaged in RIL training are now FSC certified.  Companies who have in the past few years participated in RIL and legal verification activities under TFF sponsorship are now applying for forest certification.

    TFF-Indonesia has become a major proponent of FSC certification in response to the creation of a significant funding platform specifically designed to stimulate forest certification in  Indonesia.

    In January 2010, The Borneo Initiative, a Dutch NGO launched the first round of funding support for Indonesian forest concession with the signing of 5 contracts.  TFF-Indonesia represents 4 of these concession companies.

    On June 28, 2010 the second round of funding will become available and once again, TFF represents the majority of the participating concessions in a technical advisory capacity.

  • PT Narkata Timber joins PT Suka Jaya Makmur as the first two concessions to achieve FSC certification under ‘The Borneo Initiative’ certification support program.

     

    The successful certification of PT Suka Jaya Makmur (SJM) on June 30th, 2011, was a noteworthy achievement for both the company, The Borneo Initiative (TBI) who provided funding support, and the Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF) who has been a long-standing provider of technical and management support for SJM.

     

    Perhaps it is true that “success breeds success” as on August 16, 2011, PT Narkata Rimba (NR) was the second forest concession to achieve full FSC certification under the tutelage of Control Union Certifications. The Tropical Forest Foundation congratulates the management and staff of NR on their success and takes some measure of pride from the fact that NR is the recipient of technical guidance from TFF under The Borneo Initiative certification support program.

     

    PT Narkata Timber

     

    PT Narkata TimberThe original concession license for NT was issued to the Alas Kusuma Group in 1989 for a total of 68,000 ha. In 2008, the Ministry of Forests proposed a land swap in order to create a orang-utan rehabilitation concession in northern part of the former NR area and in the process, reducing the effective concession area to 41,540 ha.

     

    In April 2009, the Alas Kusuma Group sold NR to Integroup (http://integroup-indonesia.com), an integrated wood processing company with its main factories located at Sidoarjo outside Surabaya, East Java.

     

    Currently most logs from NT are sold to outside buyers but Integroup is expanding its manufacturing facility. Most of the corporate group’s manufacturing is currently orientated towards finished or ‘knock down’ indoor and garden furniture. The new, FSC production line will directly address the European demand for FSC certified housing components and moulding products.

     

    TFF has had a long-standing relationship with NT dating back when it was under the ownership of the Alas Kusuma Group. Currently, TFF represents NT to TBI as chief technical advisor under the certification support program.

     

     

     

    PT Suka Jaya Makmur

     

    On  30, 2011, Control Union Certifications issued the FSC certificate for sustainable forest management and chain-of-custody to PT Suka Jaya Makmur (SJM).  SJM first signed an MOU  with TFF in late 2002 and has been a recipient of TFF technical assistance since then.

     

    SJM is a member of the Alas Kusuma group and is located in the District of Ketapang in West Kalimantan province.  Alas Kusuma’s strong commitment to sustainable forest management resulted in the formation of a partnership with TFF in early 2000.  Initially this collaboration focused on RIL training for the concession of PT Sari Bumi Kusuma (SBK).  With continued TFF involvement and guidance, this led to the FSC certification of SBK in 2006.

     

    PT Suka Jaya Makmur - Scoping TeamSJM has been the recipient of an exceptional amount of external assistance which has contributed to its recent success.  In 2003, TFF conducted RIL training and research in SJM and was able to demonstrate the feasibility of forest-market linking with the establishment of a legality and CoC audit and the delivery of the first shipment of “RIL Verified” plywood to Norfolk, Virginia for sale to Home Depot and Lowes.

     

    The next major external input came in the form of an ITTO grant to the TFF-SJM partnership under ITTO’s ‘Civil Society-Private Sector Partnership Program.  Achievements under this funding support move SJM within sight of full certification.

     

    However, it was SJM’s acceptance under The Borneo Initiative certification support program in January 2010, that assured continued technical support by TFF and other organizations, to complete the course and achieve full certification.

     

    Other organizations willingly contributed their expertise to further their specific agendas and at the same time, assist SJM in achieving FSC certification.  These included:

     

     

    The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and F&F International which used SJM as a training ground for implementation of the newly revised HCVF toolkit for Indonesia.

    The Orangutan Conservation Support Program (OCSP) which used SJM to develop a model conservation management and monitoring plan.

    WWF with furthered its understanding of orang-utan populations by conducting a comprehensive orang-utan census and habitat assessment in the SJM concession.

     

    TFFs continued support and guidance throughout these inputs, has provided the continuity and cohesion necessary to achieve FSC certification.  TFF congratulates SJM on its remarkable accomplishment and looks forward to a continuing, mutually beneficial collaboration.

     

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  • Certification Support - Past Successes

    Interest in certification has been the driving force for some of TFF's training in RIL. TFF provides workshops to companies interested in certification and also offers an evaluation of forest concession management against existing certification standards.

    In early 2004, TFF secured an arrangement through a Dutch partnership, whereby it would provide professional evaluation and advice, technical support in certification, assistance in establishing chain-of-custody systems, and training in RIL implementation, to two major forest companies situated in Central Kalimantan.

    This arrangement included :

    • trade agreements between Dutch and Indonesian private sector partners
    • analysis of action required to achieve certification including the development of an action plan
    • consultation and advice on technical matters and overall strategy
    • training in RIL
    • assistance in establishing chain-of-custody systems up to and including assessment by an independent auditor,
    • the possibility for direct investment to promote trade and the achievement of FSC certification.

    In September, 2005 the first participating company, PT. Erna Djuliawati was awarded an FSC certificate for sustainable forest management by SmartWood.  FSC certification of the second participating company, PT. Sari Bumi Kusuma was achieved in September 2007.

    TFF continues to build on its successful certification support program by assisting these two forest companies to close off remaining conditions through technical guidance and specific training inputs.

  • Training Modules & Training Schedule

    Field training in Reduced Impact Logging, certification, or related topics, are organized by TFF on an individual request basis.

    Interested forest management units may choose one of the following training modules, or discuss their individual training needs directly with TFF. TFF will then prepare a detailed training proposal for approval by the company.

    Field training and demonstrations are normally organized within the context of a working forest concession and involve relevant management, staff, and workers of the forest concession.

    Training schedules are arranged on an individual concession basis. For the latest training schedule, contact TFF at Alamat email ini dilindungi dari robot spam. Anda memerlukan Javascript yang aktif untuk melihatnya.

    SAMPLE TFF TRAINING MODULES in RIL

    (The following modules provide some indication of the training which TFF can provide. Additional training can be tailored to meet specific need. Contact TFF to discuss training options)

    Technical Procedures for Topographic Forest Surveys This module covers the theory and practice of contour and tree position mapping based on the 100% inventory required under the Indonesian TPTI system. Candidates learn how to collect the necessary data and then how to process it and produce detailed contour and tree position maps. 5-7 days of field and office training, usually out of a forest concession camp. Follow-up support services and training are strongly recommended to help develop interpretive skills and to ensure the achievement of adequate quality control.
    Road Planning and Field Location A field-orientated training in road planning and location. The course covers road network planning using contour maps. Special emphasis is placed on actual road location and survey techniques. 5-6 days field and office training,
    RIL Planning and Implementation This module focuses on the application of petak-level contour and tree position maps for maximum operational benefit. Participants are required to develop a detailed harvesting plan including the location of skid trails. Environmental concerns such as steep slopes and riparian protection zones are included in the planning exercise. The course then requires participants to carry out field location of the skid trails according to technical guidelines. Skid trails are opened using company equipment and the felling and extraction process is initiated. A final day in the office introduces the concept of guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures. 8-12 days field and office training based in a HPH camp. Length of course depends on the depth of coverage required and the level of integration with company planning and harvesting operations.

    The ability to produce accurate contour and tree position maps is a recommended pre-requisite for this module.

    (This module can be divided two parts for easier assimilation)

    Workshop on Forest Certification This module is intended for companies who are interested in learning how forest certification works. The activities can vary from a simple, introductory workshop on forest certification, to a pre-scoping field evaluation followed by a detailed analysis of the company performance as measured against certification standards presented in a workshop environment. One day introductory workshop to three day scoping and workshop combinations.
    Management’s Role in Implementing RIL Workshop on what management needs to do to make adoption of RIL an operational reality. Emphasis is placed on structural and functional adjustments within a clearly defined framework based on a set of Standard Operating Procedures. One day workshop
    Post Harvesting Activities This module introduces the ‘follow-up’ activities of RIL which tie it into the overall management system. Emphasis is placed on monitoring of logging activities, deactivation of skid trails, and post harvesting evaluation and mapping of logging impact. The practical role of a system of Standard Operating Procedures is emphasized. Four to six days of office and field training
    Training for Computer Assisted Contour Mapping This module is a step-by-step approach to the use of the ROADENG program for the purpose processing general survey data from various sources and producing contour and tree mapping. The training uses real field data collected during conventional 100% inventory surveys The ROADENG training has been held in the past in collaboration with CIFOR, as a 5 day course.

    These training modules are currently not covered under any funding arrangement. Courses may be offered based on adequate expressions of interest and/or the procurement of adequate funding.

    Training for Computer Assisted Road Design This module is a step-by-step approach to the use of the ROADENG program for the purpose of road design. The training also includes data collection requirements and procedures.
    Community Development and Conflict Mitigation Training, workshops, directed studies etc. designed to address specific needs of concession TFF draws on contacts in the social sciences community to tailor inputs to specific needs of a forest concession. Funding is through negotiated consultancy arrangement.
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  • Field Training & Extension Services

    The Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF) is an international non-profit, non-government, foundation which specializes in training for the implementation of Reduced Impact Logging (RIL) and sustainable forest management.

    Building on over 8 years of experience in Indonesia and SE Asia, TFF has developed a modular approach to training which recognizes that each company or forest management unit has different needs. Individual training modules focus on particular technical aspects of the RIL process and, emphasize “hands-on” practical training through “learning by doing”. TFF has refined its RIL training program into three basic modules which are delivered as an extension services.

    The TFF also offers an extension service which provides technical evaluation, assessments, and recommendations for companies interested in solving problems in forest engineering, planning, harvesting, and certification. This service is offered on a consulting basis.

    Most training modules are offered free of direct charge. This includes the trainer's time as well as basic training materials. TFF, however, requires that participating companies cover the full travel and accommodation cost for the TFF Trainer(s).

    Training requirements are usually discussed at an initial planning meeting. A detailed training proposal is then prepared based on these discussions. Once the training proposal has been accepted, the scheduling and logistical arrangements for the actual field training are made on an individual basis depending on the company requirements.

    Despite the global financial crisi, demand for training remains strong. Funding support has been secured from two main sources.

  • Training in RIL involves both classroom and field exercisesDemand and Support for RIL Training Remains Strong

    Despite the global economic downturn, demand for TFF training is on the rise and funding support is meeting the chellenge...

  • SJM

    ITTO Certification Support Project Nearing Completion

    In mid 2009, Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF) signed an agreement with the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), launching a significant initiative to support the forest concession of PT Suka Jaya Makmur (SJM) to assist the forest certification process.

  • Sertifikasi

  • Eight new Indonesian forest concessions sign up to the world’s largest forest certification support programme.

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    On June 28th, ‘The Borneo Initiative’ dramatically expanded its program activities by signing on another 8 forest concession companies making it the largest certification support facility of its kind in the world.

     

  • VLO Merbau Now Available

    VLO Program marks it's first successes...

    TFF and DLH-Nordisk, a Danish importer of tropical timbers, are pleased to announce the Legal Verification of a Papua concession...