Along with the growing concern over the high rate of tropical forest damage in Indonesia, Tropenbos Indonesia started its activities in East Kalimantan in 1986 under the MoF Tropenbos Kalimantan Programme. During the tim, Tropenbos Indonesia actively conducted various studies related to forest conservation and silviculture.
In 1993, TBI Indonesia officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Indonesia represented by the Ministry of Forestry (now Ministry of Environment and Forestry). This MoU was extended at the end of 2007 and Tropenbos Indonesia expanded its activities from Kalimantan region to the rest of Indonesia which also changed the name of MoF Tropenbos Kalimantan Programme into TBI Indonesia Programme (TBI-IP).
Later on TBI-IP expanded its activities beyond silviculture; not only building herbarium in Wana Riset Samboja and doing wildlife research, but also covering various aspects of forest management. In 2004 - 2008, TBI-IP, CIFOR and WWF implemented the Asia Forest Partnership Program in Pasir District, Kapuas Hulu District and Malinau District. In 2008 - 2016, TBI-IP gave special focus on mainstreaming High Conservation Value (HCV) with several activities in collaboration with partners, from the drafting process to the issuance of the HCV Identification Guideline (2008), organizing HCV training, and providing technical assistance in HCV identification for HPH, HTI and oil palm plantation.
Since 22 December 2016, TBI-IP has been officially incorporated to Indonesian law (Yayasan Tropenbos Indonesia). With a tagline "Making knowledge work for forests and people" and a vision of "Bridging the gaps between knowledge and practices on better Forested Landscape Governance".
Tropenbos Indonesia has started its activities under the Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA) program in Ketapang District, West Kalimantan Province since early 2017. Close collaboration and partnerships have been set up so far with stakeholders of the landscape such as local government agencies, private sectors, local communities and CSOs/NGOs to facilitate the establishment of ecological corridors that will connect the forest complex of Sungai Putri Peatland Forest to Gunung Palung National Park and Gunung Tarak Protection Forest.
Activities in the landscape at present includeparticipatory mapping for some villages and sub village boundary reconciliation, collaboration with private companies to develop ecological corridors involving their HCV areas, supporting the government in the implementation of Essential Ecosystem Area (KEE), empowering community (including women and youth groups) through the development of sustainable livelihoodssuch as mushroom farming and ecotourism, development of nursery involving Village Forest Management Forum, and facilitation to Sagupa Forum as the stakeholders forum of Gunung Palung National Park.