Founded in 1987 with a core business in international trading of forest products from Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC®) certified suppliers, and with a primary focus on mangrove woodchips, white charcoal (Binchotan) and wood vinegar.
The founders of the company first exported mangrove logs out of Riau in 1971. In 1988, we were involved in the development of the largest integrated mangrove forest concession and chip mill in West Papua under PT Bintuni Utama Murni Wood Industries. Since our establishment, we have sold approximately 3.6 million BDMT of mangrove woodchips, and more than 12,000 ton of white charcoal.
We are rooted in our commitment to conserve the mangrove forest through sustainable utilization. While 1 million ha of mangrove forest within Indonesia has disappeared in the past 30 years, Green Forest has not contributed to any loss within its current or previous operation in Riau, Kalimantan Barat (West Borneo) and Papua Barat (West Papua).
Green Forest collaborates widely with various NGOs, GOs and academics in mangrove related research and in the development of new silviculture methods, products, renewable energy, and evaluations of socio-economic matters. We have facilitated and collaborated in research with students, master’s or PhD candidates from National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Yale School of Forestry, University of Toronto, University of Stirling, The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Bogor Agricultural University, Bandung Technological University, Gadjah Mada University, Diponegoro University, Tanjungpura University and Papua University. We also have worked with WWF/GFTN, CIFOR, IDH, WeForest, Blue Forest, ITTO and JICA.