|Training in RIL involves both classroom and field exercises.|
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 10 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 service.
The TFF also offers technical evaluations, assessments, and recommendations for companies interested in solving problems in forest engineering, planning, harvesting, and certification. This service is offered on a consulting basis.
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.
Dispite the global financial crisis, demand for training remains strong. In the first quarter of 2010 alone, four new forest concessions have been signed on to collaboration agreements for RIL training and technical assistance.
Just as significantly, funding support for RIL does more than doubled. Activities under the initial Australian supported 'DAFF Project'have been successfully completed. The USAID funded 'RAFT Partnership' Agreement has been extended for another two years with major increases in funding support for TFF activities.