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Five RIL Manuals


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RIL Verified

The forest-market linking program developed by TFF-Indonesia in 2003, is now a full-fledged program that set out to provide strong and transparent assurances of legality of origin to ...


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...


NASA - Winrock Project

NASA Winrock01With funding from the NASA Carbon Monitoring System, a consulting group Applied GeoSolutions (AGS) is leading an effort to improve forest monitoring capabilities in Indonesia. The project team, with members from Winrock, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the University of New Hampshire, Wageningen University, and the University of Virginia, is working closely with LAPAN, the Indonesian space agency, to collect and analyse LiDAR imagery from across Kalimantan.  TFFs role is to collect biomass data in various forest concessions where LiDAR coverage has been acquired.

D A F F  Project

AUS agri for fishTFF has recently completed all activities under an Australian Government, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) grant under the Asia Pacific Forestry Skills and Capacity Building Programme (APFSCBP). Funding had been provided in support of the TFF “Forest-Market Linking Program” which involves training in RIL as well as baseline assessments for legality and CoC audits. Together with the RAFT project, the grant from the Australian project has greatly assisted in enabling TFF to deliver on all RIL training requests.

R A F T  Project

RAFTThe Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade (RAFT) program, builds on the successes of the Global Development Alliance, a USAID-sponsored program in Indonesia, and applies lessons learned on a regional scale. RAFT works with forest producers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Papua New Guinea. Additionally, RAFT works in other countries such as China, Japan, Singapore, members of the European Union, and the U.S. to address procurement and investment policies that promote the legal timber trade.

I T T O  Project

itto logo The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has issued an invitation to small and medium private sector forest companies in ITTO member countries, to participate in pilot schemes to test the feasibility of adopting timber tracking systems as a means of strengthening forest law governance and enforcement and promoting the production and trade of timber from legally and sustainably managed forests.

B P Project

bp logo01Harvesting Plan Study for Tangguh Expansion Project of British Petrolium in West Papua. Tangguh Expansion Project (TEP) in Bintuni Bay of West Papua is one of the project sites operated by British Petrolium (BP). The project was organized and implemented by a consortium team of Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) as a project leader. In the project implementation, the IPB team was collaborating with a team of Papua University (UNIPA) responsible for field data collection, and with a team of Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF) responsible for quality assurance of the project and provide technical trainings to the survey teams.


usaid logo The USAID IFACS project is designed to help the government of Indonesia conserve the country’s tropical forests, wildlife, and ecosystem services (including generation of clean water, reduction of soil erosion, food security, and carbon sequestration). IFACS seeks to achieve its goals by working with a variety of government, NGO, and private sector partners in eight landscapes across the country in order to promote and train partners in the adoption of best management practices (BMP). TFF joins the IFACS project in the third year of a four year project with the task of training forest concessions in the adoption of BMP as defined by TFFs RIL Standard. TFF will provide training to eleven natural forest concessions and implement this training program over a three year period.

G I Z Project

GIZ With the Forests and Climate Change Programme (FORCLIME), Germany supports Indonesia's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the forestry sector, to conserve forest biodiversity, and to implement sustainable forest management. An agreement between FORECLIME and TFF was signed in 2014, to conduct a comparative study of logging as conventionally carried out in Indonesia and a reduced impact logging (RIL) management regime where the principles and practices of reduced impact logging have been applied. The study sought to influence practices in the RIL study area in order to evaluate key metrics such as machine productivity, soil disturbance, utilization of main stem volume, and retention of biomass.

Armstrong World Industries, Inc.

Armstrong Armstrong World Industries, Inc., the world’s largest hardwood flooring company, is partnering with the Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF) to promote responsible forest management practices. Armstrong requires its wood suppliers to adhere to all applicable laws and regulations, including those covering raw materials and labor. Less than five percent of the Company’s wood purchases come from tropical forests. In those instances, Armstrong requires suppliers to produce documentation verifying their adherence to national and international rules and regulations governing specific tropical wood species.

K f W / GFA Project

gfa logo01 One of the goals of ForClime FC is to encourage sustainable forest management within its project areas by developing management models that can be tested and scaled up. In collaboration with PT Sumalindo who are managing a logging concession in Berau, East Kalimantan under long term license. ForClime FC has identified a need to investigate the logging practices of PT Sumalindo Lestari Jaya IV to see if the application of RIL could reduce environmental damage and be more cost effective than conventional logging, thus demonstrating an incentive to implement practices which reduce carbon emissions through better retention of forest biomass.  TFF will implement a study to compare logging as conventionally carried out in Indonesia, to a logging regime where the principles and practices of reduced impact logging have been applied.  The objective of this study will allow the environmental, ecological and cost aspects to be compared as well as setting the stage for a comparison of the potential for reduction of carbon emissions through improved forest management.



F S C-1Orangutan di Suka Jaya MakmurOn June 30, 2011, Control Union Certifications awarded the concession of PT. Suka Jaya Makmur (SJM) with the coveted certificate of sustainable forest management certification under the global certification scheme of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

The story behind this noteworthy achievement provides an outstanding case study of collaboration and determination.  SJM, probably more than any other Indonesian forest concession, has received external assistance towards the goal of sustainable forest management.  At the same time, it is clear that without the strong motivation of the ownership of this company, combined with a dedicated management and staff, the achievement of certification would not have been possible.


TFF’s Involvement
As a result of the successful RIL trials in SBK, SJM invited TFF to initiate a series of RIL trainings and operational trials which were implemented in 2003.  This lead to the establishment of the first pilot project demonstrating the feasibility of ‘forest-to-market linking’.  Under this TFF lead project, SJM demonstrated the market advantage of linking an independent audit of legality and chain-of-custody with the commitment to adopt RIL management practices, and benefited the company through direct access to the North American market and specific retail outlets.


In early 2008, TFF conducted a thorough baseline evaluation of the SJM operation against the FSC certification standard.  This was made possible with funding from the WWF and eventually resulted in SJM joining the Global Forest and Trade Network.


Further RIL training inputs by TFF followed with funding support from the USAID Responsible Asia Forest & Trade (RAFT) project.


PT Suka Jaya MakmurIn May, 2009, TFF was awarded an ITTO grant under the Civil Society-Private Sector Partnership arrangement, to support SJM in moving towards forest certification.  With solid external support from ITTO and the RAFT partnership fund, TFFs collaboration with SJM intensified and rapid progress was made in achieving a series of benchmarks on the road to certification.


It was also during this period that The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Flora & Fauna International (FFI), with facilitation through TFF, chose the SJM concession to conduct one of the first operational tests of the newly revised Indonesian toolkit for High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) assessment.


TFF support of SJM continued uninterrupted despite the completion of the ITTO grant.   In early 2010, TFF represented SJM to The Borneo Initiative (TBI) certification support platform.  Under this program, TFF was able to assist SJM through the final stages of certification leading to the achievement of the FSC recognition on June 30, 2011.


During this final year of intense activity leading up to certification, TFF facilitated an engagement with WWF for the purpose of conducting a census of the orangutan population that has been known to exist in the concession since  long before SJM began operating in the area.  The resulting data, along with the results of the HCVF assessment, was then integrated into a draft conservation management plan under the Orangutan Conservation Services Program, a support facility organized through close cooperation with TFF.


The SJM Industry
SJM is one of six forest management units belonging to the Alas Kusuma Group located in the border region between West and Central Kalimantan.   SJMs industry consists of a plywood factory and sawmill located in the West Kalimantan town of Ketapang and is strongly orientated towards the Japanese market.