List of partners

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), is an international forestry research centre 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, is part of CIFOR’s Forests and Livelihoods programme. This domain aims to promote a greater understanding of the linkages between forests and human wellbeing, and aims to influence the way small-scale and community forestry concerns are incorporated into poverty alleviation stratergies and forest policy.

Forestry Research and Development Agency (FORDA) is a research unit under the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia. FORDA has a vision to be the centre of excellence for 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 uinversity’s Faculty of Forestry is one of the oldest and leading forestry education institutions 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 collaborated with many other national and international universities on research and student exchange programmes.

Forum Rembug Klaster (FRK) is a multi-stakeholder forum established in 2006 by a wide range of Jepara furniture stakeholders including producers, exporters and district government in collaboration with the Bogor Agricultural University. The forum aims 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) from 2006-2007. The FRK vision is to ensure that Jepara’s carving and furniture industries are seen as “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 Cooperative Research Centre on Forestry (CRC) at the department of Forest and Ecosystem Science undertakes research and development, provides technical support, and supplies training, in cutting-edge technologies and processes for the forest and forest product industries, at both postgraduate and advanced diploma course levels. The CRC Wood Innovations research, develops and delivers 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.