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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.

Training Modules & Training Schedule

Training Modules & Training Schedule

Field training in Reduced Impact Logging, certification, or related topics, are organized by TFF on an individual request basis.

Interested forest management units may choose one of the following training modules, or discuss their individual training needs directly with TFF. TFF will then prepare a detailed training proposal for approval by the company.

Field training and demonstrations are normally organized within the context of a working forest concession and involve relevant management, staff, and workers of the forest concession.

Training schedules are arranged on an individual concession basis. For the latest training schedule, contact TFF at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


(The following modules provide some indication of the training which TFF can provide. Additional training can be tailored to meet specific need. Contact TFF to discuss training options)

Technical Procedures for Topographic Forest Surveys This module covers the theory and practice of contour and tree position mapping based on the 100% inventory required under the Indonesian TPTI system. Candidates learn how to collect the necessary data and then how to process it and produce detailed contour and tree position maps. 5-7 days of field and office training, usually out of a forest concession camp. Follow-up support services and training are strongly recommended to help develop interpretive skills and to ensure the achievement of adequate quality control.
Road Planning and Field Location A field-orientated training in road planning and location. The course covers road network planning using contour maps. Special emphasis is placed on actual road location and survey techniques. 5-6 days field and office training,
RIL Planning and Implementation This module focuses on the application of petak-level contour and tree position maps for maximum operational benefit. Participants are required to develop a detailed harvesting plan including the location of skid trails. Environmental concerns such as steep slopes and riparian protection zones are included in the planning exercise. The course then requires participants to carry out field location of the skid trails according to technical guidelines. Skid trails are opened using company equipment and the felling and extraction process is initiated. A final day in the office introduces the concept of guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures. 8-12 days field and office training based in a HPH camp. Length of course depends on the depth of coverage required and the level of integration with company planning and harvesting operations.

The ability to produce accurate contour and tree position maps is a recommended pre-requisite for this module.

(This module can be divided two parts for easier assimilation)

Workshop on Forest Certification This module is intended for companies who are interested in learning how forest certification works. The activities can vary from a simple, introductory workshop on forest certification, to a pre-scoping field evaluation followed by a detailed analysis of the company performance as measured against certification standards presented in a workshop environment. One day introductory workshop to three day scoping and workshop combinations.
Management’s Role in Implementing RIL Workshop on what management needs to do to make adoption of RIL an operational reality. Emphasis is placed on structural and functional adjustments within a clearly defined framework based on a set of Standard Operating Procedures. One day workshop
Post Harvesting Activities This module introduces the ‘follow-up’ activities of RIL which tie it into the overall management system. Emphasis is placed on monitoring of logging activities, deactivation of skid trails, and post harvesting evaluation and mapping of logging impact. The practical role of a system of Standard Operating Procedures is emphasized. Four to six days of office and field training
Training for Computer Assisted Contour Mapping This module is a step-by-step approach to the use of the ROADENG program for the purpose processing general survey data from various sources and producing contour and tree mapping. The training uses real field data collected during conventional 100% inventory surveys The ROADENG training has been held in the past in collaboration with CIFOR, as a 5 day course.

These training modules are currently not covered under any funding arrangement. Courses may be offered based on adequate expressions of interest and/or the procurement of adequate funding.

Training for Computer Assisted Road Design This module is a step-by-step approach to the use of the ROADENG program for the purpose of road design. The training also includes data collection requirements and procedures.
Community Development and Conflict Mitigation Training, workshops, directed studies etc. designed to address specific needs of concession TFF draws on contacts in the social sciences community to tailor inputs to specific needs of a forest concession. Funding is through negotiated consultancy arrangement.
To discuss your training needs and options, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.