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Five RIL Manuals


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... we specializes in training for the implementation of Reduced Impact Logging (RIL) and sustainable forest management...


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.

Activity in Aceh

TFF - Aceh activity

The massive tsunami which struck the coast of Aceh Province in Sumatra on December 26, 2004, rolled largely unobstructed across shrimp farms and rice paddies of the heavily populated coastal plain and wiped out entire villages in its path. In low-lying areas, the tidal surge penetrated up to four kilometers inland.

One of the heaviest hit areas, was Bandah Aceh where the tsunami surge destroyed entire foreshore communities in the Bandah Aceh bay and swept deep into the city. The impact on the human habitation was catastrophic. In the immediate foreshore area, virtually all buildings were destroyed and up to 80% of the population perished.

Over the decades, most of the natural vegetation of mangrove and Nipah palms in this intertidal zone had been converted into a matrix of shrimp ponds and human habitation. The tsunami destroyed not only entire communities but also the network of channels, shrimp ponds, and remaining natural vegetation in the intertidal zone which made up one of the main sources of livelihood for the foreshore communities in the Bandah Aceh bay area.

  Activity in Indonesia Banten Central Java East Java  
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Within the first year of the Tsunami, two unrelated factors came together which gave TFF the opportunity to make a meaningfull contribution to the post-tsunami rehabilitation effort. TFF was approached by the Centre for Research and Community Development , the research and extension service of a private forestry university and the only faculty of forestry in Aceh, with a request for assistance. This request originated with one of the local communities in the Bandah Aceh intertidal zone, which had requested help in re-establishing the mangrove vegetation as buffer zones around and within it’s shrimp ponds.

Not long thereafter, TFF received an offer for project funding from an anonymous donor interested in contributing to the ecosystem restoration efforts associated with the tsunami damage in Aceh.

These two events coming in quick succession of each other, quickly led to the formulation of a project concept and TFF’s venture into a new line of activity.

Perhaps the most significant way in which this small effort has distinguished itself from much larger, donor-driven efforts, is that the entire initiative originated at the local community level. Survivors of the tsunami saw the rehabilitation of their shrimp ponds and the restoration of natural mangrove vegetation in and around these ponds as crucial to their economic well-being and long-term economic viability.

TFF’s fortuitous ability to respond quickly to this request has been well received by the local community and has ensured successful implementation despite some operational set-backs.

The Completion Report for this project can be downloaded from here.