Regions where we work in Indonesia

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TBI in Indonesia works towards improved landscape level conservation planning and implementation, and to improve the natural resource governance of forested lands allocated to villages and communities in Indonesia, with a current focus on the Gunung Tarak Landscape in West Kalimantan Province.

The Gunung Tarak landscape has experienced rapid expansion of oil palm plantations and other land-based investments at the expense of forests. Tenure insecurity and long arduous bureaucratic procedures for obtaining Social Forestry (SF) permits limit access to forests by local communities; Local development is hampered by a lack of realistic and sustainable alternative livelihood opportunities that are forest-based. This has contributed to encroachment of conservation areas and other remaining forests.

TBI works with local partners on a landscape approach for equitable and sustainable development and conservation of the remaining forests in the landscape. Together with villages TBI works on participatory spatial planning and green development. With oil palm companies and district government TBI implements the High Conservation Value approach at a landscape level and supports stakeholders to develop green corridors between the remaining forest areas. And, TBI facilitates partnerships between companies and villages to manage HCVs and to develop livelihoods.

What we do:

  • Contribute to a large scale shared vision of conservation and development priorities in Gunung Tarak Landscape based on the High Conservation Value (HCV) approach.
  • Support CSOs and communities to coordinate their strategies, and influence government and oil palm companies to establish, conserve and manage high value areas.
  • Strengthen the knowledge and capacities of CSOs, CBOs and government actors on the HCV concept through training, facilitation and technical assistance.
  • Provide technical training and facilitation in alternative livelihoods, spatial planning and other skills to community members.
  • Support local civil society organisations and community-based organisations to increase their lobbying and advocacy skills

Tropenbos International works in Indonesia through its local network partner Yayasan Tropenbos Indonesia. Visit their website for more information:


Tropenbos International has been operational in Indonesia since 1987. It started in East Kalimantan and from 2007 it has expanded nationwide. In 2017, Tropenbos Indonesia became a legal national entity of Indonesia and a member of the Tropenbos International network.

In the past years the main focus of TBI's work in Indonesia has been the promotion of the High Conservation Value (HCV) approach. TBI has provided policy-relevant and evidence-based information and build the capacities of policy makers and corporate actors on the application of the HCV approach for the sustainable management of plantation forests and oil palm plantations in Indonesia. TBI facilitated the establishment of the HCV Network in Indonesia, which is a key partner of the global HCV Resource network.

TBI contributed to the preparation of a large-scale government programme for social forestry and provided assistance to village governments to process the Social Forestry permits. At community level, TBI has worked on forestry management by developing alternative livelihoods to reduce communities' dependency on the forests.

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