About us

Forestwise is dedicated to creating #RainforestValue in order to sustain the rainforests of Borneo. 

Our mission is to #StopDeforestation by developing a market for valuable products that are wild-harvested from the rainforest without damaging it. By helping to maintain the wild rainforest, we also conserve wildlife, generate employment and income for local inhabitants, and safeguard fresh water, fresh air and fertile soils. 

We increase the economic value of the remaining forest, and give forest communities a sound incentive for continuing to protect it. Our harvesting and processing methods are certified by Ecocert with the Fair for Life certificate. We also offer certified organic products. 

Founded in 2018, Forestwise has offices in Rotterdam (NL) and Sintang (ID), as well as production facilities in Sintang (ID).

OUr team

Our mission is to Create #RainforestValue through the power of rainforest products

Theo Smits and Dirk-Jan Oudshoorn met in 2013, when they were both working for an Indonesian non-governmental organization. Theo moved to Indonesia in 2007, looking for ways to share his 30-years of experience and extensive production technology knowledge with people in less developed areas.

After his masters in Industrial Engineering Dirk-Jan worked on multiple sustainable products and projects. He always had a passion for combining sustainability in the combination with making beautiful products. In 2013 he decided to move to Indonesia, together with his girlfriend Alexandra Vosmaer. Dirk-Jan wanted to look for opportunities in Indonesia in sustainability and Alexandra started to work with the endangered orangutans in Borneo.

In the following years, Theo and Dirk-Jan witnessed at first hand the destruction caused by massive deforestation in Borneo. In 2018, they decided to set up their own social enterprise, Forestwise, to empower the local inhabitants to protect the remaining rainforest.

Our mission is to #StopDeforestation by developing a market for valuable rainforest products and empower the local people to protect the remaining rainforest.

Forestwise does this by producing Rainforest products, creating more value for forest communities while increasing the value of the forest as a natural resource, and providing genuinely sustainable alternatives for consumers around the world.

OUr team

We are a team of professional all-rounders who are committed to creating #RainforestValue in order to sustain the rainforest in Borneo.

Dirk-JAN
OUDSHOORN

FOUNDER AND CEO

THEO
SMITS

FOUNDER AND CTO

ALEXANDRA
VOSMAER

Corporate Social Responsibility Manager

ARJAN
VERSCHOOR

Commercial director

Dominique Lecossois

Senior Board Advisor

PT the wild keepers

The Forestwise entity in Indonesia is named PT The Wild Keepers. The Wild Keepers is currently building a factory in Sintang (West-Kalimantan) to produce raw ingredients which are harvested from the areas around Sintang.

At The Wild Keepers work 30 people, who work in finance, production, buying of raw materials and socialization.

OUR Approach to create #RainforestValue

1. Conserving the rainforest
Any farmer, community, cooperative, village or other type of organization that legally owns, manages or administers a forest area and is willing to protect it can apply to join Forestwise. Forestwise will advise the farmer or organization on how to best conserve the relevant forest area, provide practical assistance, and train people in how to prepare products that create #Rainforestvalue

2. Providing efficient processing technology
Forestwise advises which forest products have the most potential for creating #RainforestValue for the forest community in their specific area. Together with the relevant organization, Forestwise will set up efficient and sustainable supply chains that run from fresh forest produce through raw materials to consumer products. We aim to create most of this value as near to the forest as possible.

3. Sales and distribution
Forestwise sells the rainforest products both in Borneo and overseas. Each farmer gets the same fair price. 

Forestwise sells both to manufacturers and to consumers. We aim to maximize the financial benefit for the farmers and at the same time to create a financial incentive for them to conserve the forest and #StopDeforestation.

We are also establishing consumer brands around rainforest products to give consumers the opportunity to experience the power of previously undiscovered rainforest products.

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  • Identify communities that legally manage areas of rainforest and are willing to protect these.

  • Analyse the needs and wishes of individual rainforest communities.

  • Conduct field assessment of crops and production capacity in the relevant area of rainforest.

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Analyse market opportunities for these product

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Map the area of rainforest (by satellite) in order to verify production capacity.

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Secure sales so as tobe able to set up hub.

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Once sales security is established, enter into agreements with communities for the supply of raw materials.

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Once sales security is established, enter into agreements with communities for the supply of raw materials.

Continuously monitor the protected area of rainforest by satellite.

  • Train rainforest communities in how to prepare the products.

  • Purchase rainforest products and process these in our factory.

OUR PARTNERS

Our partners in conserving the wild rainforest:

Our distribution partner: