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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.

Activity in East Kalimantan


PT Amindo Wana Persada - Concession

AWPThis relatively new concession is the result of a division of the former PT Alas Helau. The new area of 43,680 ha is located in a remote location in Berau District. The company is rapidly developing its human and physical resources with the aim of achieving sustainable forest management.

Most of the logs from this concession are processed in the Samarinda industry of Tirta Mahakam.

TFF’s Involvement
TFF has carried out a training needs assessment and has proposed a long-term training program in RIL and related issues concerned with legality and CoC. The first training in RIL was carried out in late 2006.

Current Status
Company management has experienced difficulty recruiting adequate competent staff, but is preparing for further training inputs.

PT Belayan River Timber - Concession

BRTThis 97,500 ha concession, located in the mid-reaches of the Mahakam River, has some of the richest timber stands in the country.

Ownership of the concession changed hands in 2008 to a Surabaya based company.

TFF’s Involvement
TFF has conducted RIL training, base line assessment for certification and has prepared a certification action plan based on a full-assessment carried out by Control Union Certification.

Current Status
PT Belayan River Timber achieved FSC certification on April 28, 2012.

PT Kemakmuran Berka Timber - Concession

KBTThis 72,000 ha concession is located in the upper reaches of the Mahakam River and is a member of the Roda Mas Group. Logs are processed in the company’s industry, PT Tirtah Mahakam in Samarinda.

Together with the adjacent PT Roda Mas Timber, this area is a prime candidate for forest certification.

TFF’s Involvement
TFF has conducted a training needs assessment and has proposed this concession for further assistance under a certification support program.

Current Status
KBT management has chosen technical assistance offered by TNC in mapping, social issues, HCV, and certification support. Now the concession already FSC certified in May 2012.

PT Narkata Rimba Timber - Concession

NRTLocated in the mountainous terrain of East Kalimantan, this 68,000 ha concession is nearing the end of its first, 20 year license.

Due to the terrain condition, the concession has been relatively lightly logged and logged over forests are in excellent condition.

The Alas Kusuma Group, sold this concession to Surabaya based industry, in 2008.

TFF’s Involvement
TFF has conducted a base-line assessment against the RIL standard and has provided technical inputs in support of the company's certification effort.

Current Status
PT. Narkata Rimba achieved FSC certification on August 16, 2011.

PT Ratah Timber - Concession

RTThis 97,690 ha concession belonging to the Roda Mas Group, is located in the mid-reaches of the Mahakam drainage.

The concession has weathered some difficult times but has now regrouped and is embarking on an aggressive program towards sustainable forest management with keen support of senior management at corporate headquarters.

TFF’s Involvement
TFF’s initial involvement dates back to TFF’s establishment in Indonesia. TFF has signed an MOU which commits the company to an intensive training program in RIL. Corporate management are also keen to prepare the company for legality and chain of custody audit.

Current Status
An ambitious training program in RIL was implemented in 2008 / 2009.  Ratah Timber has joined the Borneo Initiative under WWF - GFTN sponsorship. The concession received FSC certificate in March 2013.

PT Roda Mas Timber - Concession

RMTLocated in the upper reacher of the Mahakam River of East Kalimantan, this 99,520 ha concession is long-standing participant of TFF's training activities.

Roda Mas ships all of its logs to the industry of PT. Tirta Mahakam located in Samarinda.

TFF’s Involvement
Roda Mas has long standing history of involvement with TFF for RIL training and more recently, with legality and CoC issues.  Roda Mas was awarded a certificate of legality in October 2007 by TUV-Indonesia as a recognition member of TFF's Forest-Market Linking Program and joined the TBI certification support program under TFF sponsorship.

Current Status
The company achieved FSC certification on April 29, 2012.

PT Sumalindo Lestari Jaya II - Concession

SLJThis major concession of 276,600 ha has a solid reputation as one of Indonesia’s leaders in the forest sector. Sumalindo Unit II, was the second concession in the country to achieve FSC certification but has now allowed its certificate to expire.

TFF’s Involvement
TFF has provided specific technical assistance related to harvesting practices and the utilization of logging waste. This has involved training and technical advice.

Current Status
TFF continues to provide technical advice on request from the company on specific issues primarily related to harvesting and utilization.

PT Tirta Mahakam Resources - Industry (Location : Samarinda)

TMRThis is a major plywood producer located in Samarinda, East Kalimantan.

The industry receives its logs from its corporate concessions located on the Mahakam River as well as from a member of closely affiliated concessions.

TFF’s Involvement
This industry is the focal point for a major initiative to qualify all of its supplying concessions for a certificate of legality and independently monitored CoC systems. Once these systems are in place, this industry will be the largest supplier of Legally Verified plywood on the market.

Current Status
Tirta Mahakam Samarinda as well as its flooring industry in Gresik, were awarded a CoC certificate for "Legal Verified" in early 2008 and has also achieved FSC-CoC certification.

PT Timberdana - Concession

TMDThis 76,340 hectares concession is located in the gentle terrain typical of the lower reaches of the Mahakam River in East Kalimantan. Timberdana logs are processed in the plywood industry of PT. Rimba Karya Raya located downstream in the Samarinda area.

TFF’s Involvement
TFF delivered a full scale RIL training program which extend into 2010.

Current Status
The company is now considering joining the TBI certification support program with TFF assistance.

PT Civika Wana Lestari - Concession

CWLLocated in the upper reaches of the Kayan River in East Kalimantan, this 53,000 ha concession (along with its sister concession, the adjacent PT Sarana Trirasa Bhakti), are some of the most recent entries into the TFF RIL training program.

TFF’s Involvement
An MOU between the company and TFF has spelled out the framework for a RIL training program.  Three training modules were delivered in 2010.  Participants from both the CWL and the adjacent STB concession participated in the training.

Current Status
In mid-2012, TFF was contracted to provide refresher training in RIL.

PT Sarana Trirasa Bhakti - Concession

STBLocated in the upper reaches of the Kayan River in East Kalimantan, this 41,000 ha concession (along with its sister concession, the adjacent PT Civika Wana Lestari), are some of the most recent entries into the TFF RIL training program.

TFF’s Involvement
An MOU between the company and TFF has spelled out the framework for a RIL training program.  Three training modules were delivered in 2010.  Participants from both the STB and the STB concession combined for a joint training in RIL contour and tree position mapping.

Current Status
In mid-2012, TFF was contracted to provide refresher training in RIL.

PT Balikpapan Forest Industries - Concession PREVIOUSLY WORKED WITH TFF

BFIThis is one of the oldest concessions in Indonesia and is now well into its second cutting cycle. The concession supports a major plywood factory located nearby.

Located across the inlet from the major city of Balikpapan, this 140,845 ha concession and its adjacent industry have faced many challenges over the 30+ years since its establishment. Faced with a shrinking concession area and an ever more demanding market situation, the management have requested assistance in achieving the management goal of forest certification.

TFF’s Involvement
TFF has signed and MOU with BFI and has just completed a comprehensive gap assessment for certification as the first step in implementing this MOU.

Current Status
A wide range of activities proposed and now under review.

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