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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), is an international agricultural research center based in Bogor. CIFOR’s strategy is to advance human well-being, environmental conservation, and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries.  Increasing rural income generation through small-scale and community forestry including forest based industry has become one among the six CIFOR’s research domains.  This domain aims at leading new global understanding of the linkage between forests and human wellbeing, and will influence the way small-scale and community forestry concern are incorporated in poverty alleviation strategy and forest policy.

The research conducted by CIFOR has allowed scientists to build good relations with a range of major forest industries, government agencies, community forestry and NGOs throughout Indonesia.   The Forests and Livelihoods program at CIFOR has a focus on poverty alleviation from forests and forest industry. This includes in-depth analysis of livelihood strategies, producer organisations, local institutions and more attention impact analysis of forestry R&D initiatives for poverty reduction.      

Forestry Research and Development Agency (FORDA) is a research unit under Ministry of Forestry of Republic of Indonesia.  FORDA has a vision to be the centre of excellence of forestry science and technology to improve community welfare.  It has four research centres and 13 programmes that are working to improve forestry in Indonesia. One of the FORDA’s responsibilities is to coordinate all aspects of Indonesian forest research and development.

Bogor Agricultural University is a leading agricultural university in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. The Faculty of Forestry of the university is among the oldest and leading forestry education institution in Indonesia.  It is responsible for teaching, research and community development and has a strong commitment to capacity building both within the university and the wider community.  It has established collaborations with other many national and international universities for research   and student exchange programs.

Forum Rembug Klaster (FRK) is a multi-stakeholder forum established by Jepara furniture stakeholders including producers, exporters and District Government in collaboration with the Bogor Agricultural University in 2006 to provide support for learning, negotiation, advocacy and action related to the development of the Jepara furniture industry. Stakeholders of FRK include exporters, furniture association, local government, NGOs, small scale furniture producers, log traders and community forest owners. FRK was involved in the “Levelling the Playing Field Project” (CIFOR-CIRAD) during 2006-2007.  The Jepara Local Government represented by Jepara Development Planning Board (BAPPEDA) is an agency that develops plans for development in the district.  The specific partner of the project is the economic division of the planning board.  The FRK vision is ”Jepara carving and furniture industries will be globally competitive, sustainable and equitable for community prosperity.” Some activities in the FRK strategic plan are included in the proposed project.  

University of Melbourne's CRC Wood Innovations of School of Forest and Ecosystem Science undertakes research and development, provides technical support, and supplies training, in leading-edge technologies and processes for the forest and forest product industries, at both postgraduate and advanced diploma course levels. The CRC Wood Innovations research, develop and deliver microwave technologies aimed at streamlining timber processing and significantly adding value to wood products. Its research is conducted in collaboration with industry partners and directed at meeting the needs of industry. Its technologies offer processing efficiencies and economic benefits in the areas of wood drying, wood preservation, and shaping wood components.