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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.

Collaboration With DLH

Verification of Legal Origin Program

Inspecting Merbau logs  
Inspecting Merbau logs from Hanuratta at the industry of PT Karya Guna Ekatama

TFF’s efforts have finally produced results as the supply chain of PT Hanuratta III, a Papuan concession near Kaimana, and the woodworking industry of PT Karya Guna Ekatama near Surabaya, receives the SmartWood certificate of Legal Origin with chain-of-custody.

Hanuratta III becomes the first Merbau producing concession to receive a certificate of Legal Origin. Verification of this supply chain will enable DLH-Nordisk to offer VLO Merbau products to its international buyers.
A second supply chain of PT Agung Kharisma, a manufacturer of Bankirai moulding products in Surabaya and, PT Tingang Karya Mandiri, a swamp concession in Central Kalimantan, has also recently passed SmartWood VLO verification, thus further enhancing DLH’s market position for VLO products.

TFF provides technical assistance for seven complete supply chains under a VLO agreement with DLH-Nordisk Indonesia.


An important first step in obtaining a certificate of legality and chain-of-custody under the DLH Nordisk Verification of Legal Origin (VLO) program, is base-line assessmewnt, which will be conducted by the TFF.

The purpose of this visit is to evaluate the readiness of the forest concession company for a legality and CoC audit and to advise on any preparatory actions, which need to be taken.

The following is a check list, of what TFF will want to see and do during the visit to the concession. TFF will also visit the collaborating industries to assess CoC requirements.

  • Verify the existence of a valid concession license (SK IUPHHK) and concession operating license.
  • Verify the existence of a valid RKT
  • Verify the existence of LHC and LHP documentation and relevant tree distribution maps.
  • Examine a map of the forest concession and a map of current and recent RKT’s
  • Review evidence concerning the payment of relevant royalties and taxes (PSDH, DR, NPWP, PBB, PPN)
  • Visit the active and/or recent logging area.
  • Visit the log pond or TPK.
  • Examine recent log transportation documents (SKSKB, DKB)

The concession visit can normally be completed in one day (plus travel time).

The company can facilitate this visit by putting in place adequate transportation and logistical arrangements and by having the indicated documentation available for viewing.

TFF will prepare a report for the company which will documents the current situation with respect to the DLH “Verification of Legal Origin” standard and basic requirements for a credible CoC system. The report will contain specific recommendations to help the concession company prepare for a third party audit against the legality and the CoC standard.

TFF’s report will be confidential and will be made available only to the participating company and to DLH.

Any questions regarding the proposed field visit should be addressed directly to Art Klassen or Hasbillah at TFF.