Kawasan Hutan

State Forest Land, Central-Kalimantan, Indonesia (2010)

Happy steps

Carved stairs in a local village, Indonesia (2009)

Flying Fox?

Telen River, East-Kalimantan, Indonesia (2011)

Tidy soles

Long Bangun, East-Kalimantan, Indonesia (2003)

Audit: Logging Practices

Belayan River Timber, East-Kalimantan, Indonesia (2010)

Ngela beauty

Proud weaver showing her wares in Flores, Indonesia (2001)

Hash House Harriers
Alternative travel arrangements

Wonogiri, Central-Java, Indonesia (1991)

Lost?

Wonogiri, Central-Java, Indonesia (1990)

Briefkaart uit Nederlandsch-Indië

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Central-Java, Indonesia (1913)
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Intro

Coat of ArmsAn Indonesianist for over two decades, Bart W van Assen is a Quality Panel Member with the High Conservation Value Resource Network, endorsed Trainer with the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil, and Certification Coach with The Borneo Initiative. He is co-founder and trustee of the Indonesian Auditor Network (Jaringan Auditor Nusantara) and trustee of the Indonesian Tropical Forest Foundation, and Technical Adviser with the Orangutan Land Trust. He has an extensive track record covering all disciplines of certification (profit, people, and planet) in Indonesia.

Bart worked with various enterprises as an associate and a freelancer, including Control Union Certifications, Double Helix Tracking Technologies, Gaia Commoditas, Global Forest Watch, the Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute, the Dutch Institute for Agro-Technological Research, the Rainforest Alliance, Scientific Certification Services, and the Zoological Society of London. He currently is supporting Control Union’s Indonesia office on forest and estate management.

Associate

Control Union Indonesia, Forest & Estate Management Support (July 2019 – ongoing)
For more information, visit Control Union Indonesia.

Indonesian Auditor Network, Trustee (July 2019 – ongoing)
For more information, visit The Indonesian Auditor Network.

High Conservation Value Resource Network, Quality Panel Member (July 2018 – ongoing)
For more information, visit HCV Resource Network.

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In No Uncertain Terms

Climate Forestry, Associate Compliance Coach for Indonesia and Southeast Asia (September 2016 – June 2019)
For more information, visit Climate Forestry.

David Ogg & Partners, Associate Trainer for Indonesia and Southeast Asia (August 2016 – June 2019)
For more information, visit David Ogg & Partners.

Indonesian Auditor Network, Chair (June 2015 – June 2019)
Supports the establishment of a professional auditor network, and training materials.

Double Helix Tracking Technologies, Director Field Operations, Indonesia (July 2013 – June 2015)
Responsible for day-to-day management of the local (Indonesian) office, leading FM/ COC audits against CertiSource and Timber Legality (SVLK) standards, and coaching clients towards various standards (CAFE Practices, FSC, GAP, SRI, etc).

Gaia Commoditas, General Manager Indonesia (December 2008 – June 2013)
Responsible for day-to-day management of the office, assisting clients on sustainability standards (CAFE Practices, FSC, GAP, GFTN, HCV, SRI, etc.), and marketing.
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Qualifications

ISCC Stakeholder Dialogue
Forest Stewardship Council
Resource Speaker
Indonesianist
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
Group Certification
TBI Compliance Coach
ICEA
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
CertiSource Legality Assurance System
Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu
International Organization for Standardization
Mozilla Download Day
Coffee And Farmer Equity Practices
Equator Crossing
E-Commerce
Ir/MSc Degree (1990 – 1993)
Ing/BSc Degree
Treehugger for life
ISCC Stakeholder Dialogue

ISCC Stakeholder Dialogue

“401 of the currently valid 3,287 ISCC certificates have been issued for Indonesia and Malaysia”

Read more here.

Forest Stewardship Council

Forest Stewardship Council

FSC training(s) include FSC Trademark Training for Certification Bodies on FSC-STD-50-001 (September 2019), Control Union Auditor Training (January & June 2007) and Basic Course for Rainforest Alliance Auditors (November 2005). Recent audits include Narkata Rimba (West Kalimantan) and Suka Jaya Makmur (East Kalimantan), for more information on past audits, see Audit Log.

Resource Speaker

Resource Speaker

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Indonesianist

Indonesianist

About two years ago I ran my own, self-imposed, social experiment… one I don’t encourage anyone to repeat: I joined several anti-oil-palm groups on Facebook. Not being much of an anti-anything myself this was my ‘here be dragons’ moment; my personal blank space on the map to explore. I meant to learn more about the global concerns over oil palm and to add some local context to these concerns. But the thunder of dragons I expected to find was but a mass of petty minds, whipped into a frenzy of prejudice through selective posts by a few super brands. It quickly became – quite literally – too depressing to continue. (more…)

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

RSPO training(s) include Principles & Criteria for Lead Auditors (November 2017), Supply Chain Certification (October 2016) and Auditors Training (July 2008). No recent audits took place, for more information on past audits, see Audit Log.

 

 

Group Certification

Group Certification

2016-rspo-group-certificationGroup Certification training(s) include(s) RSPO Group Certification (October 2016). No recent experience.

TBI Compliance Coach

TBI Compliance Coach

2009-the-borneo-initiativeCompliance Coach for The Borneo Initiative since March 2009. Current coaching includes Semarak Dharma Timber (Papua, Indonesia) and Restorasi Habitat Orangutan Indonesia (West-Kalimantan, Indonesia), both through Climate Forestry.

ICEA

ICEA

logo_iceaAlas, I’m not ICEA certified. But it still amazes me how easy it was to donwload their logo for dubious claims…

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification

PEFC training(s) include Social Auditor Forest Management (February 2015) and Chain-of-Custody (December 2014); Recent audits include Arara Abadi (Riau, Indonesia), Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper (Riau, Indonesia), Sumatera Riang Lestari (North Sumatra, Indonesia), and Sumatra Sylva Lestari (Riau, Indonesia). For more information on past audits, see Audit Log.

PEFC Certificate #PEFC-IFCC/Auditor CoC/002/I/2015 and IFCC Certificate # IFCC/Auditor PHL-III/0008/II/2015 are withheld – without my permission/consent – by PT AJA Sertifikasi Indonesia.

CertiSource Legality Assurance System

CertiSource Legality Assurance System

aud-ncos_1-02d_bwaCLAS training(s) include ‘Writing Non-Conformities and Observations’ (March 2015), ‘CertiSource Standard’ (February 2015), ‘Basic Auditing’ (June 2014); recent audits include Diadyani Timber (Papua, Indonesia), Henrison Iriana (West Papua, Indonesia), Karya Jaya Berdikari (Southeast Mollucas, Indonesia), Kayu Lapis Indonesia (Central Java, Indonesia), and Seng Fong Moulding Perkasa (West Java, Indonesia). For more information on past audits, see Audit Log.

Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu

Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu

2014-vlk-industriVLK training(s) include VLK Industri Auditor (October 2014); recent audits include Corinthian Industries (West Java, Indonesia). For more information on past audits, see Audit Log.

International Organization for Standardization

International Organization for Standardization

2014-iso-9001-qms-lead-auditorISO training(s) include ISO Quality Management Systems (July 2014). No recent audits, For more information on past audits, see Audit Log.

Mozilla Download Day

Mozilla Download Day

2008-06-17-download-day

Coffee And Farmer Equity Practices

Coffee And Farmer Equity Practices

C.A.F.E. Practices trainings include C.A.F.E. Practices Auditing V2.0 (March 2007), C.A.F.E. Practices Auditing V1.0 (May 2006), and Basic Course C.A.F.E. Practices Auditing (November 2004); no recent audits. For more information on past audits, see Audit Log.

Equator Crossing

Equator Crossing

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E-Commerce

E-Commerce

e-commerce

Ir/MSc Degree (1990 – 1993)

Ir/MSc Degree (1990 – 1993)

Wageningen Agricultural University (1990 – 1993)Wageningen Agricultural University

Thesis ‘Management of Natural Resources in the Tropics’, Forestry and Nature Conservation-project, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia: vegetation inventory of Baluran National Park (East Java).
Thesis ‘Forest Management’, West Papua Peoples Front and Stichting Milieudefensie (the Dutch branch of Friends of the Earth), the Netherlands: studied the ecological and social effects of commercial logging of mangrove forests in West Papua, Indonesia; started project administration, contacted third parties in Indonesia, wrote texts on forest management and laws, and designed the layout of the report.
Main study-topics: aerial photograph interpretation, agro-forestry ecosystems, forest influences, land evaluation, non-timber forest products, nursery practices and soil degradation & conservation.

Ing/BSc Degree

Ing/BSc Degree

1990-bsc1990-ingLarenstein International Agricultural Highschool

Thesis ‘Tropical Forestry’, DHV Consultants, Indonesia: land evaluation and land use planning for the Upper Solo (Wonogiri) Watershed Protection Project, Indonesia.
Practical trainee at the BTPDAS, Solo, Indonesia: land degradation and erosion prevention through reforestation in the Upper Solo Watershed Management Project.
Study-topics: agricultural development & extension education, erosion control, forest management & ecology, project planning & evaluation, tropical forestry and tropical soil science & agriculture.

Treehugger for life

Treehugger for life

Although the date of drawing is lost in time, it must’ve been the early 1970’s… a decade before I got hooked on Treebeard and the Ents. I guess it’s a concept that defines me all the way back to primary school.

Freelancer

Mahakam River, East-Kalimantan, Indonesia (2013)Various certification bodies, Auditor & Technical Expert (2003 – ongoing)
Freelance (lead) auditor and certification decision maker for third party certification and legality verification (FSC, PEFC, RSPO, VLK).

Zoological Society of London, Consultant (2015 – 2016)
Forestry Expert: prepared the Inception Stage of South Sumatra Sustainable Landscape Management Project.

The Borneo Initiative, Compliance Coach & Auditor (2009 – 2016)
Case-writer ‘Cost of Certification: FSC’ (2016), Compliance Coach: assist forest management enterprises to achieve voluntary certification. Internal Auditor: perform due diligence investigations on candidate forest management enterprises.

Partners since 2009FSC Netherlands, Case-writer (2009)
Assisted in the selection of 10-14 forest concessions in Borneo, and identification of constraints an possibilities for certification.

Sumalindo Lestari Jaya, Technical Advisor (2008)
Technical advisor on restructuring the company’s CSR activities under a single (non-profit) organization and preparing an action plan towards FSC certification for its timber plantations. (more…)

Publications

Chef Buchanan’s bevanillaist quacktivism exposed
Jouke Elsinga proved the shape of the earth
Jack of all trades Vs The pure gospel of Flat Earth | Flat Earth Debate
The case for the flat earth – DESTROYED!
Jack “Humpty” Dunphy had a great fall…
Certification VS Conservation in Natural Resource Management (Guest Lecture IPB University, ESL)
Lessons Learned from Mandatory Certification (Tantangan dan Rekomendasi Langkah Bersama menuju Keberpihakan Uni Eropa terhadap ISPO)
Commodity-driven Deforestation in Indonesia (FGD “Respon dan Posisi Indonesia terhadap Draft Delegated Regulation Uni Europa”)
Here Be Dragons?
Panduan – Bagaimana Merancang Hash Ala Bogor HHH?
The Cost of Certification, a Brief
Riparian flight: fly-by and transect of riparian forest in Papua (Indonesia)
Refleksi Sertifikasi Perangsang Diskusi Roundtable ’20 Tahun Sertifikasi Indonesia’
Megateam Revolutions
Peer Review, Doublehelix Report #1188 VEN (Yellow Balau Species Verification Report)
Auditing HCV for FSC & RSPO, Key issues and indicators for auditors
Certified jungles?
Auditing HCV in oil palm, Applying a tool for natural forests in man-made environs
Mad Travel: the Mahakam River, Kalimantan (Indonesia)
How Low Can You Go? Identifying and Maintaining HCV in Estate Crops
Timber Tracking Requirements for Independent Verification and Certification
Welcome to the Jungle, Lessons learned from timber legality verification in Indonesia (2009)
REDD, Green or White? Exploring REDD from the perspective of responsible and legal forestry
Diamond Raya Timber Concession: Diamonds are forever? (2005)
Global Forest & Trade Network footage
LEI Patronage, partnership for sustainable future
KiteLife Issue 20: How Many Kites Fit in a Train?
Innovations in the post-harvest sector (2000, scanned)
Gele Rijders (1993)
Vegetation Analysis of a Buffalo’s Neck, 1993 Assen
Van Kraaiepoot tot Muizenis, Onderzoek naar zaadpredatie op Beuk (Fagus sylvatica) en Zomereik (Quercus robur), 1993 Assen & Schuurmans
The “Watershed Ecosystem” on Central Java, 1991 Assen, Schuurmans & Thiels
Forest functions: undervalued or overestimated?
Treehugger for life
Chef Buchanan’s bevanillaist quacktivism exposed

Chef Buchanan’s bevanillaist quacktivism exposed

A quick mash-up of evidence of #notjungle in the videos by @VanillaismD (www.youtube.com/channel/UCH-LlCbH0ZNfAr36hNtmUcQ). This guy is a total fraud when it comes to protecting from deforestation. #bevanillaist = #quacktivism

Jouke Elsinga proved the shape of the earth

Jouke Elsinga proved the shape of the earth

A while back The Pure Gospel on the Flat Earth published its ‘Top 10 worst excuses for the globe’ (https://youtu.be/K-CLgG9uyD4). In it, Jouke mentions the Sidereal Day and claims it is fake. Well, his favorite tool proves it is not, and leads to one inevitable conclusion on the shape of the earth: it’s not flat!

Jack of all trades Vs The pure gospel of Flat Earth | Flat Earth Debate

Jack of all trades Vs The pure gospel of Flat Earth | Flat Earth Debate

Had another hilarious debate with Jouke from The Pure Gospel on the Flat Earth last night. Craig kindly hosted our debate on his Fight the Flat Earth’s channel: https://youtu.be/fisOm1YBFB4. My debunk of Jouke’s video is available here: https://youtu.be/imJqdjjxx3E.

The case for the flat earth – DESTROYED!

The case for the flat earth – DESTROYED!

For our debate last night on FTFE’s channel (https://youtu.be/fisOm1YBFB4) my “opponent” challenged me to analyse his latest video on PGotFE (https://youtu.be/tScum6cnNIQ). It didn’t go too well for him, as this debunk shows. However, poor Gollum doesn’t realise he’s in a show, and he is the freak.

Jack “Humpty” Dunphy had a great fall…

Jack “Humpty” Dunphy had a great fall…

Hard-core flerfer Jack “Humpty” Dunphy (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClchUlR1KQErN_WdNb0IPHg) decided to reply to my comments on a YouTube video by my favorite flerfer Jouke (https://youtu.be/K-CLgG9uyD4). No surprise, he took the bait of my channel name (Jack of all Trades) and flaunted his ignorance of the full line it refers to. Yes, there is indeed a part stating ‘master of none’ but there is more, so much more! Watch till the end as the trap closes and all the King’s horses and all the King’s men cannot put Humpty together again.

Certification VS Conservation in Natural Resource Management (Guest Lecture IPB University, ESL)

Certification VS Conservation in Natural Resource Management (Guest Lecture IPB University, ESL)

In late 1990, the Smartwood Programme (Smartwood) of the Rainforest Alliance was the first forestry certification initiative to award a certificate in Indonesia. The leading local organization, the Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute (Lembaga Ekolabel Indonesia or LEI) emerged more or less parallel to the FSC. Ever since, FSC and LEI have engaged in a slow waltz toward mutual recognition. Today – two decades later – about half a dozen separate initiatives are active in Indonesia. in addition, forestry certification catalyzed new approaches and initiatives to improve forestry, including stepwise certification (Nussbaum and Simula 2005; White and Sharshar 2006), timber legality verification (Anonymous 2004; Van der Pol, Wit and Savenije 2005; TFF and Form 2004), and High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs; see Jennings et al. 2003; Daryatun et al. 2002). This proliferation of initiatives indicates a serious and diverse interest in the business of forestry certification.

Read more here.

Lessons Learned from Mandatory Certification (Tantangan dan Rekomendasi Langkah Bersama menuju Keberpihakan Uni Eropa terhadap ISPO)

Lessons Learned from Mandatory Certification (Tantangan dan Rekomendasi Langkah Bersama menuju Keberpihakan Uni Eropa terhadap ISPO)

Indonesia has ample experience with attempts to create synergy between various standards, with a very simple conclusion: standards are like water and oil. Mixing standards requires ample effort, either by mechanical excitement or high-tech chemistry. Even then they tend to separate out due to false perceptions of superiority, i.e. one standard is “better” than the other. The futility of such wet dreams becomes clear once we see these standards “in action”. The very same auditor verifying the “superior” standard also verifies the “inferior” standard and both tend to get reduced to the lowest common denominator.

This bring us to the weakest link in certification: the auditor and CABs. Publications like Who Watches the Watchmen (EIA 2015; see also Lawson 2007, WWF & WB 2006) – and many informal discussions – point to a crucial issue concerning all standards using using third party verification: the competence of auditors. Some stakeholders argue that auditors are hired by the company and therefore will falsify their findings in its favour. Auditors reject this conspiracy theory, but there is ample evidence that competence amongst auditors is declining, and they are currently the weakest link in certification/verification.

However, if we keep these characteristics in mind there is ample opportunity for synergy between various standards.

Download the presentation here.

 

Commodity-driven Deforestation in Indonesia (FGD “Respon dan Posisi Indonesia terhadap Draft Delegated Regulation Uni Europa”)

Commodity-driven Deforestation in Indonesia (FGD “Respon dan Posisi Indonesia terhadap Draft Delegated Regulation Uni Europa”)

EU 2019 Report … on the status of production expansion of relevant food and feed crops worldwide (draft)

  • Indicates that 10-30% tree cover is debatable, but the continues to work with >10% threshold
  • Ignores potential for forest to grow as well as actual land use, as satellite imagery cannot accurately identify either
  • Assumes deforestation is solely driven by the main commodity, a serious oversimplification

GFW: “Loss” indicates the removal or mortality of tree cover and can be due to a variety of factors, including mechanical harvesting, fire, disease, or storm damage. As such, “loss” does not equate to deforestation. (http://commodities.globalforestwatch.org/#v=map&x=4&y=-26.07&l=3&lyrs=tcc%2ChansenLoss) For more information, see http://earthenginepartners.appspot.com/science-2013-global-forest/download_v1.5.html.

Ergo, no link between EU’s ‘expansion’ and the identified tree cover loss.

Download the presentation here.

 

Here Be Dragons?

Here Be Dragons?

Background Paper for The World Indonesianist Forum 2018

About two years ago I ran my own, self-imposed, social experiment… one I don’t encourage anyone to repeat: I joined several anti-oil-palm groups on Facebook. Not being much of an anti-anything myself this was my ‘here be dragons’ moment; my personal blank space on the map to explore. I meant to learn more about the global concerns over oil palm and to add some local context to these concerns. But the thunder of dragons I expected to find was but a mass of petty minds, whipped into a frenzy of prejudice through selective posts by a few super brands. It quickly became – quite literally – too depressing to continue.

Download the paper here.

Panduan – Bagaimana Merancang Hash Ala Bogor HHH?

Panduan – Bagaimana Merancang Hash Ala Bogor HHH?

After years and years of diligent work, Spokes’ How To Set a Bogor Hash has finally been translated and revised. Special thanks to BlackJack, CaveMan, Dangdut, ShortLegs and SpiceGirl for their support and inputs!

Soon available in hard- and soft-copy all over Bogor?

Update 14 Nov ’18: click here to download the guide (PDF)

The Cost of Certification, a Brief

The Cost of Certification, a Brief

Coming soon! Dotting the iii and crossing the ttt… some very interesting results.

Riparian flight: fly-by and transect of riparian forest in Papua (Indonesia)

Riparian flight: fly-by and transect of riparian forest in Papua (Indonesia)

Refleksi Sertifikasi Perangsang Diskusi Roundtable ’20 Tahun Sertifikasi Indonesia’

Refleksi Sertifikasi Perangsang Diskusi Roundtable ’20 Tahun Sertifikasi Indonesia’

Going-going-gone
Going, going, gone… the fate of all protected species in production manscapes?

Perangsang Diskusi ini adalah penerjemahan sekalian pembaharuan dari ‘Certified Jungles?’ (Assen 2010), sebuah makalah terkait sertifikasi pengelolaan hutan (berkelanjutan) yang ditulis pada pertengahan 2007. Refleksi Sertifikasi ini mengidentifikasi isu-isu kunci dalam sertifikasi dan menyarankan pendekatan praktis untuk mengatasi masalah ini.

PDF available here.

Megateam Revolutions

Megateam Revolutions

Still one of my favorite drone videos…

Peer Review, Doublehelix Report #1188 VEN (Yellow Balau Species Verification Report)

Peer Review, Doublehelix Report #1188 VEN (Yellow Balau Species Verification Report)

the available data suggests that any link between (timber) trade names and tree species should be approached with (extreme) caution/prejudice. Tree species may be no longer a reliable proxy for timber characteristics or the timber trade names that guarantee these characteristics.

Read more here.

Auditing HCV for FSC & RSPO, Key issues and indicators for auditors

Auditing HCV for FSC & RSPO, Key issues and indicators for auditors

Presentation for the CUC WebEx Training, 19 & 22 November 2010
Presentation for the CUC WebEx Training, 19 & 22 November 2010

Read more here.

Certified jungles?

Certified jungles?

etfrnThird-party certification (TPC) is a service industry that verifies products and processes such as food safety and quality; good management practices; labour practices; and environmental standards (Hatanaka, Bain and Busch 2005). The industry requires on-site audits by disinterested organizations connected to neither buyer nor seller (Busch et al. 2005). in agribusiness, TPC became “a key institution for enforcing private (and public) standards that is both independent from producers … and from governments” (Hatanaka, Bain and Busch 2005) that provides an independent check on corporate responsibility and due diligence (Busch et al. 2005; Fischer et al. 2005; Hatanaka, Bain and Busch 2005).

Certification in natural forest management (hereafter forestry certification) is a relatively new form of TPC that took flight in 1993 with the founding of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The concept verifies compliance to a broad array of national and international concerns, such as tenure rights and labour equity (social issues), deforestation and genetically modified organisms (environmental issues), and illegal wood and tax evasion (legal issues). Forestry certification aims to achieve pre-defined qualities of natural forest management, to differentiate products originating from such forests and to improve their market access (after Nussbaum and Simula 2005).

Read more here.

 

 

Auditing HCV in oil palm, Applying a tool for natural forests in man-made environs

Auditing HCV in oil palm, Applying a tool for natural forests in man-made environs

Presentation for the RSPO HCV Lead Assessor Workshop and Training, 27-29 July 2010
Presentation for the RSPO HCV Lead Assessor Workshop and Training, 27-29 July 2010

Read more here.

Mad Travel: the Mahakam River, Kalimantan (Indonesia)

Mad Travel: the Mahakam River, Kalimantan (Indonesia)

How Low Can You Go? Identifying and Maintaining HCV in Estate Crops

How Low Can You Go? Identifying and Maintaining HCV in Estate Crops

Presentation for the Conference on Sustainable Oil Palm Plantations, 21-22 January 2010
Presentation for the Conference on Sustainable Oil Palm Plantations, 21-22 January 2010

PDF available here.

Timber Tracking Requirements for Independent Verification and Certification

Timber Tracking Requirements for Independent Verification and Certification

lacey-act
Presentation for ‘The Lacey Act Amendment and Forest Product Trade with Indonesia’ Workshop

Read more here.

Welcome to the Jungle, Lessons learned from timber legality verification in Indonesia (2009)

Welcome to the Jungle, Lessons learned from timber legality verification in Indonesia (2009)

2009-welcome-to-the-jungle-lessons-learned-from-timber-legality-verification-in-indonesia

Read more here.

REDD, Green or White? Exploring REDD from the perspective of responsible and legal forestry

REDD, Green or White? Exploring REDD from the perspective of responsible and legal forestry

Background paper prepared for the AFP Secretariat for the Eighth Meeting of the Asia Forest Partnership and AFP Dialogue in Bali, Indonesia.

Read more here.

Diamond Raya Timber Concession: Diamonds are forever? (2005)

Diamond Raya Timber Concession: Diamonds are forever? (2005)

The Minister of Forestry should cancel the concession permit of PT Diamond Raya Timber and the Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute must revoke its certificate of sustainable production forest management.” This demand was tabled in 2002 by the coordinating team of the Forest-Dependent Communities Development Program covering seven villages within PT Diamond Raya Timber’s concession area.

Heiko Liedeker, Executive Director of the Forest Stewardship Council, disagreed with the proposition: “Diamond Raya Timber is understood to be one of the most progressive concessions in Indonesia, but there is no pretence that it is perfect.”

These statements exemplify the controversy surrounding the certification of Diamond Raya’s forest management practices. Several parties have contested the company’s certification since the concession first received a stamp of approval from the Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute in 1999, while others laud Diamond Raya for its positive efforts toward forest management. The tension reflects the spectrum of management philosophies, ranging from preservationist perspectives to beliefs that forest conservation must necessarily encompass strong human interaction — including logging.

Read more here.

Global Forest & Trade Network footage

Global Forest & Trade Network footage

LEI Patronage, partnership for sustainable future

LEI Patronage, partnership for sustainable future

lei-patronage-partnership-for-sustainable-futurePDF available here.

KiteLife Issue 20: How Many Kites Fit in a Train?

KiteLife Issue 20: How Many Kites Fit in a Train?

Buteo Huang standing in his studio. On the foreground several kites from the super mini kite series are displayed and the Kite-Flying Dutchman is holding a kite shaped like a Lanyu fishing canoe.
Buteo Huang standing in his studio. On the foreground several kites from the super mini kite series are displayed and the Kite-Flying Dutchman is holding a kite shaped like a Lanyu fishing canoe.

Although hardly known in the western kiting society, Buteo Huang from Taiwan is undeniably a renowned master kite builder. The oeuvre of this self-confident man comprises of a stunning two thousand plus unique kite designs!

Read more here.

Innovations in the post-harvest sector (2000, scanned)

Innovations in the post-harvest sector (2000, scanned)

2000-innovations-in-the-post-harvest-sector-scannedPDF available here.

Gele Rijders (1993)

Gele Rijders (1993)

Vegetation Analysis of a Buffalo’s Neck, 1993 Assen

Vegetation Analysis of a Buffalo’s Neck, 1993 Assen

PDF available here.

Van Kraaiepoot tot Muizenis, Onderzoek naar zaadpredatie op Beuk (Fagus sylvatica) en Zomereik (Quercus robur), 1993 Assen & Schuurmans

Van Kraaiepoot tot Muizenis, Onderzoek naar zaadpredatie op Beuk (Fagus sylvatica) en Zomereik (Quercus robur), 1993 Assen & Schuurmans

PDF available here and here.

The “Watershed Ecosystem” on Central Java, 1991 Assen, Schuurmans & Thiels

The “Watershed Ecosystem” on Central Java, 1991 Assen, Schuurmans & Thiels

Download the document here.

Forest functions: undervalued or overestimated?

Forest functions: undervalued or overestimated?

The title of this paper was chosen because of the difference in the valuation of forest functions by the various interest groups (such as economists, ecologists, foresters, and environmentalists). It generalizes the main question: ‘Valuation of forest functions: is a financial yield the only evaluation of forest functions?’ (Here, the term ‘financial yield’ is used in the broadest sense possible, i.e., every valuation of forest functions in monetary units is considered to be a financial yield).

Answers to the questions are given by means of descriptions of forest functions and their valuation. These descriptions are very general and are limited because a more complete review would be impossible within the confines of this paper.

Read more here.

Treehugger for life

Treehugger for life

Although the date of drawing is lost in time, it must’ve been the early 1970’s… a decade before I got hooked on Treebeard and the Ents. I guess it’s a concept that defines me all the way back to primary school.

Volunteer

hash
Bogor HHH, Mismanagement Galore
‘De Gele Rijders’, Truck Driver & Radio-Operator

Totopong HHH, PhilosopHare and Master Hound (2016 – ongoing)
Founder and member of mismanagement of a local (family) chapter of the Hash House Harriers. For more information, visit Totopong HHH.

Orangutan Land Trust, Technical Advisor (2012 – ongoing)
Liaise with timber and oil palm concessions to support protection and conservation of orangutan and its habitats. For more information, visit Orangutan Land Trust.

Sekolah Bogor Raya Soccer Team (2015 – 2017)
Assist the management team and coordinate competition and friendly matches. For more information, visit Sekolah Bogor Raya.

Bogor HHH, Mismanagement Galore (2002 – 2016)
Involved in mismanagement of a local (family) chapter of the Hash House Harriers. Responsibilities
included: Beer-Meister, Grand Master, Hare-Raiser, Hash-Cash, Hash-Sec, and Hash-Trash. For more information,
visit Bogor HHH.

Home Care (2002 – 2003)
Support of terminal parent.

‘De Gele Rijders’, Truck Driver & Radio-Operator (October 1993 – February 1994)
Military service at the Royal Mounted Artillery. For more information, visit Gele Rijders.

BogorHHH

The Bogor Hash House Harriers (BogorHHH) in Indonesia has been running since 23 November 1983. As I mismanaged it for over a decade (or two) in one function or another – with many other dedicated hashers like CaveMan, Enchillada and Spokes – I scanned a large collection of its Hashtory. Rather than let this go to waste, I’ll upload it here for the sake of the good old times.

You can access BogorHHH formal announcements through ‘Telegram’ at web.telegram.org/#/im?p=@BogorHHH (and web.telegram.org/#/im?p=@BogorHHHchat). Caveman also maintains a Facebook page here.