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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.

PT Sari Bumi Kusuma - A Leader in Intensive Forest Management

To reach the PT Sari Bumi Kusuma (SBK) concession, one must cross the province of West Kalimantan to the small town of Nanga Pinoh.  From here the road becomes more torturous as it wanders through the ex-Inhutani III lands which are rapidly being taken over by local settlers.  The last stretch of the journey is along the company corridor road across the vast alang alang grasslands which extend almost to the border of Central Kalimantan.


SBK-Seruyan is a  147,600 ha frontier concession whose intensively  managed forests form  a stark contrast to the vast area of adjacent deforestation that is the legacy of  a long history of shifting cultivation and repeated fires.


A Short History
Logging in the SBK concession started in 1980 under a 20 year concession license.  SBK was quick to establish its leadership role in the Indonesian forestry community by welcoming collaboration with researchers from various forest faculties in Indonesia to carry out a wide range of research and investigations within the concession area.

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In 1990, SBK began a collaboration with the USAID funded, Natural Resource Management Project which was to last 10 years.  One of the more durable outputs of this collaboration, has been the adoption of a reduced impact logging strategy for the entire concession.


Initial trials in 1995/96 designed to evaluate the impact and the benefits of RIL, lead to a corporate decision a few years later, to adopt RIL for the entire concession. In 2000, TFF added its support to SBK’s efforts to adopt all aspects of RIL.    This stimulus culminated in SBK’s participation in the TFF “Forest-Market Linking” pilot project and the achievement of the “RIL Verified” mark in 2003, and ultimately to the  achievement of FSC certification under continued TFF mentorship.


In 1998, in response to a Ministry of Forestry initiative, SBK was one of two concessions which agreed to implement the experimental Tebang Pilih Tanam Jalur (TPTJ) silvicultural system and was granted a 70 year licenses as an assurance for security of tenure.  Since then research efforts have intensified, particularly with respect to the intensive management of the planted stock within the natural forest setting.


SBK is unquestionably a leader in the implementation of selective logging and enrichment planting. One of the motivating factors in designing this system, was the perception that the effective monitoring of this system should be possible using remote sensing techniques.  Another rationale for the systematic strip planting after logging, related to the perception that local communities would be more likely to respect these areas since the act of planting has a strong connotation of ownership.


SBK-1 resizeTo ensure the best results for its efforts, SBK has been actively seeking to select seed stock from superior quality trees.  To date, more than 500 such trees have been selected throughout the concession.  The area around these trees is kept free of competing vegetation and is used as a source for the collection of wildlings which are then reared in the nursery to the right size for planting out.

It has long been known that different species grow at different rates, SBK working with university researchers have conducted species trials as part of the TPTJ program.  Based on these trials, five locally common species have been chosen to be the core species for the TPTJ planting program.


Certification and Market Benefits
SBK operates an integrated industrial complex in Pontianak consisting of a plywood mill, a sawmill and a moulding industry.  Pak Hadianto, the marketing manager for solid wood products, admits to “…significant premiums for Bankirai products” as the main market incentive for the use of the FSC label.


However, it’s a different story for plywood products which offer little room for premium pricing.  While premiums for plywood in the main market, Japan, are very small to non-existent, it is interesting to note that some of  SBK’s Japanese buyers are requesting the FSC label, perhaps an indicator of things to come.