Tropenbos Indonesia (TI) started its activity in around 1986 with site projects in East Kalimantan due to the growing concern over the high rate of tropical forest damage in Indonesia. During the time, Tropenbos Indonesia conducted various studies on forest conservation and silvicuture. Some milestones have been recognized from the period of activities in East Kalimantan that exist until today including herbarium building Wana Riset Samboja and collections of research results covering forest management and silviculture issues.
In 1993, Tropenbos Indonesia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Indonesia, represented by the Ministry of Forestry (now Ministry of Environment and Forestry). The MoU was extended in 2007 and at the same time marked the expansion of activities of Tropenbos Indonesia from Kalimantan region to the whole parts of Indonesia.
Tropenbos Indonesia officially incorporated into Indonesian law and became a foundation on 22 December 2016 (Yayasan Tropenbos Indonesia). Having 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 continues to work on improving sustainable forest management practices through activities related to mainstreaming High Conservation Value (HCV) Approach and actively supports/promotes the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach http://highcarbonstock.org/the-hcs-approach-toolkit/ and its implementation to put no deforestation into practice. Tropenbos Indonesia is also one of the Technical Support Organizations (TSOs) of the HCSA Steering Group and shared commitment to protect forest areas while also respecting the rights, livelihoods and aspirations of local communities.
At present Tropenbos Indonesia runs activity under the Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA) in Gunung Tarak Landscape, in Ketapang and Kayong Utara Districts, West Kalimantan. Working closely with various stakeholders of the landscape such as local government agencies, private sectors, local communities and other CSOs/NGOs, Tropenbos Indonesia pursues five major outcomes in Governance and Planning, Landscape Management, Sustainable Practice of Oil Palm, Local Government and Community’s Economy, and Social Forestry and TORA (Agrarian Reform).
Those outcomes are translated into various activities including facilitation of village mapping, boundary reconciliation, mainstreaming HCV and establishing collaboration with private companies to develop ecological corridors involving their HCV areas, supporting the government in the implementation of Essential Ecosystem Area (EEA), promoting gender inclusiveness in community empowerment, and strengthening multi-stakeholders forum.