Projects

We work on and support a number of projects – many in collaboration with our members – to build capacity and resilience in global supply chains. Projects range from community forest initiatives that help bring smallholder farmers to the international market, to educational centres that aim to improve the way companies and communities interact with each other.

Palm Oil
Pulp and Paper
Wood
Charcoal
Stone
Cocoa
Coffee
Coconut
Non-timber forest products
Plaster
Rubber
Sugar
Sunflower Oil

Centre of Social Excellence

Centre of Social Excellence

  • Location: Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • Project type: Education organisation
  • Started: 2009
  • Status: Applications open for seventh season

First launched in 2009 in Congo-Brazzaville, then later moved to Cameroon, the CSE is training the forestry managers of the future. It is equipping young graduates and professional foresters with the tools to initiate and sustain a constructive dialogue between forest dependent communities and forest managers.

The CSE is a learning centre that aims to promote and improve relationships between companies and local communities in the Congo Basin working with all aspects of social management including conflict resolution, Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and worker’s rights.

It is a one year course combining theoretical grounding, provided by a range of lecturers who are all renowned experts in social and forestry issues, with practical application via internships within forestry companies.

CSE application form May 2015

 

APEHRAL

APEHRAL

  • Location: Java, Indonesia
  • Project type: Agroforestry
  • Area (hectares): 35,000
  • Started: February 2012
  • Status: Implementing certification action plan

APEHRAL is an association of over 1000 farmers in central Java, Indonesia, committed to sustainable forest management. We began working with the APEHRAL farmers in 2012 when they were still trading under ‘Klinik Tani’ (‘farmers clinic’ in Bahasa Indonesia). The farmers sit within 30 farmer groups, covering an area of 120 ha and ‘standing stock’ of 18,328 trees.

This work is all about supporting APEHRAL management and farmers, providing advice and training and engaging farmers on the ground to best ensure responsible forest management practices.

A key part of our role is supporting the farmers work towards FSC certification and timber legality. We also help connect them to local wood processors who supply wood products to international markets, helping them secure commercial value from their trees.

Bao Yen

Bao Yen

  • Location: Lao Cai Province, Vietnam
  • Project type: Plantation
  • Area (hectares): 3,000
  • Started: May 2007
  • Status: Implementing certification action plan

Bao Yen is a State Forest Enterprise managing over 11,000 hectares of acacia plantation in northern Vietnam. We’ve been working with Bao Yen since 2007 to help them progress towards FSC certification, supporting them through training and market links to improve forest management.

In many areas, the traditional use of buffalo for agroforestry has been abandoned but for Bao Yen, buffalo are a key factor in Bao Yen’s forest management.

Most of the Bao Yen area is steep and there are few entry roads except for small paths not suitable for most vehicles. While motor transportation is used to take forestry products to the market, water buffalo are still very commonly used during silviculture, logging and transporting activities in the forest. As a low impact log extraction method, “Buffalo Skidders” contribute to the overall positive forest management practices and also provide a valuable alternative income generation tool for local communities.

Dipantara

Dipantara

  • Location: Java, Indonesia
  • Project type: Agroforest
  • Area (hectares): 653
  • Started: September 2007
  • Status: FSC certified

In 2007 Dipantara was a small business with just 10 farmer groups. Now, Dipantara is a community trading initiative through which around 7,400 agro-forest farmers sell their teak and mahogany timber to furniture factories in Java that supply to international markets, including some of our European members.
On their own these smallholders don’t produce enough timber to access such markets, but together they do. At the end of 2013, Dipantara had partnerships with 98 farmer groups in 25 villages in the Yogyakarta district of Java, Indonesia.

We first began to work with Dipantara to help them develop a business model based on community collaboration and environmental awareness. Connecting them to our members also meant that Dipantara was able to guarantee ongoing orders.

We continue to work with Dipantara to encourage sustainable forest practices in the region, supporting their progress towards FSC group certification and meeting Indonesia’s forest legality scheme (SVLK).

Dwima Jaya Utama

Dwima Jaya Utama

  • Location: Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • Project type: Natural forest
  • Area (hectares): 127,300
  • Started: November 2007
  • Status: FSC certified

This concession is located in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots: Central Kalimantan’s upper Katingan watershed on the island of Borneo is an important habitat for protected plants and animals, including orangutans, Bornean gibbons, clouded leopards and helmeted hornbills. Owned by Dwima Group, the concession’s four commercial specis are Bangkirai, Red Meranti, Mersawa and Keruing.

Borneo has more than 3,000 different species of trees. We’ve supported Dwimajaya Utama towards FSC certification, which was achieved in December 2012. This was the result of many years of intensive collaboration.

The certification is underpinned by Dwima’s commitment to strict social and environmental standards, including good forest management and respect for workers’ rights.

Kostajasa

Kostajasa

  • Location: Central Java, Indonesia
  • Project type: Agroforest
  • Area (hectares): 119
  • Started: September 2006
  • Status: FSC certified

The Kostajasa cooperative is a group of local farming families who have banded together to sustainably manage their mahogany forests. Currently, Kostajasa has 1,746 farmers from 27 farmers groups. Over half of those farmers are currently included in Kostajasa’s FSC group certificate, which will, in time, extend across all farmer groups.
We began working with Kostajasa in 2006 when member demand for mahogany led us to begin working with mahogany farmers in Kebumen District, Central Java.

With our support, Kostajasa aims to keep the forests intact, and to create a sustainable economy based on cooperatively managing these forests for the long-term. Members are learning how to plant and grow trees, monitor and protect wildlife, and sell to high value markets for responsibly-sourced mahogany.

Supporting legal timber is a key area of our work so we’re also providing assistance to Kostajasa to prepare farmers for Indonesia’s timber legality legislation (SVLK).

Long Dai

Long Dai

  • Location: Quang Binh Province, Vietnam
  • Project type: Natural forest
  • Area (hectares): 33,149
  • Started: January 2004
  • Status: FSC certified

The poor state of forests in Vietnam is one of the reasons TFT began. The experiences of our founder, Scott Poynton, with timber garden furniture led to a simple solution: a well-managed forest could be responsibly used to source wood.

It’s these principles we put into practice in Truong Son SFE, which has now achieved international recognition of a well-managed forest; FSC certification. It’s the first natural forest in Vietnam where the standards of sustainable management have been applied, opening access to the global market.

This transformation story not only means more sustainable practices on the ground leading to better managed forests, it also helps develop a more sustainable forest industry nationally.

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

  • Location: Northern Laos
  • Project type: Plantation
  • Area (hectares): 225
  • Started: December 2007
  • Status: FSC certified

In 2007, we worked with the Government of Lao PDR and teak farmers in Luang Prabang to set up the Luang Prabang Teak Programme (LPTP) to maximise the economic, social and environmental benefits of teak farming. From humble beginnings, LPTP has grown to include 137 households in 4 villages.

Teak is an important part of local livelihoods in Laos but a number of factors including unclear land rights and a lack of basic silviculture knowledge and sustainable forest management techniques, diminished the returns for farmers.
Through LPTP, local communities are provided with training and information to help them engage in sustainable forest management and legally register their plantations. These new skills help farmers negotiate sales and meet international market requirements.

LPTP has developed a suite of communication materials including handbooks and short videos to build the capacity of farmers and convey messages about responsible products and forest management.

Mitra Pembangunan Global

Mitra Pembangunan Global

  • Location: West Papua, Indonesia
  • Project type: Natural forest
  • Area (hectares): 83,900
  • Started: September 2011
  • Status: Implementing certification action plan

Located within the watersheds of the Sekak, Aimau and Lamundan rivers in West Papua, Mitra Pembangunan Global (MPG) is a natural forest concession covering around 84,000 hectares.

The area is rich in Merbau (Intsia bijuga), Matoa, Nyatoh and other jungle trees, such as Tarentang and Binuang. Merbau, a dark, tropical hardwood, is facing commercial extinction and currently sits on the IUCN red list of endangered species.

We’re working with MPG to implement sustainable forest management standards and to include the preservation of natural resources in future management plans. We’re also supporting MPG by linking them to our members in Australia and Europe.

Perhutani

Perhutani

  • Location: Java, Indonesia
  • Project type: Plantation
  • Area (hectares): Eight plantations totalling 234,000 hectares
  • Started: January 2003
  • Status: Suspended

Perum Perhutani, one of the world’s largest teak producers, is a government owned company that has been managing teak, mahogany and pine plantations on Java since the 1960s.

We’ve been working with Perhutani since 2003 to help them implement sustainable forest management and achieve FSC certification for its plantations focusing on 6 forest districts; Banten, Cepu, Ciamis, Kebonharjo, Kendal, KPH Ngawi, KPH Pemalang and Randublatung.

One of our main areas of support has been in the social aspects of sustainable forest management. With an extremely high population density in the region, one of the highest in the world, friction over land use has been a continual problem.

In December 2013, Cepu, Ciamis, Kebonharjo, Kendal and Randublatung had achieved FSC certification. Over 133,000 ha of Perhutani forest are now FSC certified, providing our members and wood buyers around the world with confidence that they are sourcing products from responsibly managed forests.

PT Carus

PT Carus

  • Location: Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • Project type: Natural forest
  • Area (hectares): 72,170
  • Started: January 2014
  • Status: FSC certified

PT Carus is a sister company of PT Dwimajaya Utama. Together, these two certified forest concessions in Kalimantan, Indonesia, cover almost 200,000 ha of responsibly managed forest.

We spent several months working closely with PT Carus, a 72,170-hectare concession that is home to wildlife including the endangered orangutan. Achieving FSC certification is a credible step on the journey taken by PT Carus’ owners and staff, meaning its work will have a positive impact on both the environment and its own global trade of timber.

Work with PT Carus has focused on a rigorous training programme of sustainable forest management techniques and building capacity within the company to create the change required. The team’s ability to learn and implement better forest management practices has been underpinned by its full

PT Multi Wahana Wijaya

PT Multi Wahana Wijaya

  • Location: West Papua, Indonesia
  • Project type: Natural forest
  • Area (hectares): 107,740
  • Started: June 2013
  • Status: Implementing certification action plan

West Papua is one of the most culturally diverse and bio-diverse provinces in the country, inhabited by hundreds of different groups of indigenous peoples. Merbau, one of the main species in the area, is a tropical hardwood that is facing commercial extinction and is on the IUCN red list of endangered species.

In 2011, PT Multi Wahana Wijaya (MWW) was granted a license to harvest 107,740 hectares of natural forest in West Papua over a period of 45 years. We began to work with MWW in June 2013 to help them work towards FSC certification.

We’re also supporting MWW towards FSC Chain of Custody certification to ensure wood can be tracked from the forest and segregated from non-controlled wood – this is particularly important in an area where illegal logging is prolific.

Punjab and Haryana Shisham

Punjab and Haryana Shisham

  • Location: Punjab and Haryana, India
  • Project type: Agroforest
  • Area (hectares): 890
  • Started: March 2010
  • Status: Operational

In 2010 we began working with farmers in Punjab and Haryana, northern India, to improve their shisham cultivation. The aim is to help these farmers put sustainable and certified shisham wood resources onto the international market, maximising financial, environmental and social benefits at the local level.

Extending to 627 individual farmers in 104 villages and over 29,000 shisham trees, the projects are now well established and demonstrate that a farm-based model of shisham production for international markets can work.

Maisons du Monde, a leading French retailer, funds these projects, and buys much of the shisham wood that is produced. Farmers are not obliged to sell to Maisons du Monde suppliers, but they usually choose to do so.

Tales of the Indian lotus is a blog series exploring our work with the company Maisons du Monde and its work to transform its supply chain in India.

RAFT

RAFT

  • Location: Various locations in SE Asia
  • Project type: Timber legality
  • Started: 2006
  • Status: Completed in 2014

The Australian Government funded Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade Programme (RAFT) is working to protect the forests of central Asia by eradicating illegal and destructively sourced timber from global supply chains. It brought together the resources of partners including TFT, who work at different points of supply chains across China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea.

TFT worked with wood suppliers in Indonesia, Lao PDR, China and Vietnam to track their timber supply, ensure national and international legality requirements are met, and achieve FSC Forest Management (FM) and Chain of Custody (CoC) certification. A number of natural forest and tree plantation projects were supported, as were wood product processing-manufacturing factories.

RAFT was originally set up in 2006 as a five-year programme but continued to receive funding until 2014. Discussions are underway to explore a third phase of the programme.

TTAP

TTAP

  • Location: Various in Asia, Africa and Latin America
  • Project type: Timber legality
  • Started: 2005
  • Status: Completed in 2013

Establishing legal timber supply chains takes a great deal of effort, but the Timber Trade Action Plan (TTAP) has shown it can be done. Funded by the European Union, and managed by TFT, in partnership with several European Timber Trade Federations, TTAP’s work began in 2005 and focused on providing advice and support to European buyers, and their producers, in 10 timber producing and processing countries exporting to Europe from Asia, Africa, and South America.

The project has improved conditions for forest workers, and respect and rights for local communities. It has also helped contribute to a shift in attitude towards the responsible management of tropical forests in producer and consumer countries benefitting producers, processors, and buyers.

During the course of the project, TTAP has demonstrated that legality verification leads to better resource management, processing efficiency improvements, and improved social norms throughout the supply chain.