Better for nature, people and planet

#Rainforestvalue explained

Forestwise is dedicated to creating #RainforestValue in order to sustain the rainforests of Borneo. We want to develop 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, while safeguarding fresh water, fresh air and fertile soils.

Read about #RainforestValue

Picture: Kemal Juffri for Panos Pictures/Food and Land Use Coalition

OUR Approach to create #RainforestValue

Monoculture plantation

Wild rainforest / agroforestry

Depending on one crop
Depending on worldwide market
No food security
More products, more yield
More risk spread
More food security

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 identifies which products have the most potential for creating #RainforestValue

2. Providing efficient processing technology

Forestwise trains farmers and communities how to prepare products and set up efficient, traceable and certified 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 rainforest products both in Indonesia and overseas. Each farmer gets the same fair price. We aim to maximise the financial benefit for the farmers to create a financial incentive to conserve the forest and to #StopDeforestation.

  • 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.


Analyse market opportunities for these product


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


Secure sales so as tobe able to set up hub.


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


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.

More than 50% of the rainforest in Borneo has been lost in the past 50 years.

The trees have been felled mostly for timber and paper production, and to make space for monoculture plantations. This destruction has disastrous effects for the people and the wildlife living both within and near to the rainforest, which they depend on for their existence.

How Illipe butter is helping to protect the forest

An example how we work in the area around Sintang district:

Develop markets for valuable rainforest products

Our mission is to #StopDeforestation by developing a market for valuable rainforest products that are wild-harvested from the rainforest without damaging it.
We create alternative sources of income from crops such as illipe nuts, kukui nuts, coconuts and arenga sugar. We increase the economic value of the remaining forest, and give forest communities a sound economic incentive for continuing to protect it.

The Forestwise factory

Forestwise processes these rainforest products ing the Forestwise factory in Sintang, West Kalimantan. Here they are processed into high-quality, valuable products for the cosmetics and food industries, thereby creating #RainforestValue.

In Borneo money is growing on trees

Monoculture plantations generate an average revenue of around EUR 1500 per hectare per year. We believe this figure can be doubled. In Borneo, money is literally growing on trees for the forest communities!

Join us and help us transform vulnerable forest communities into empowered #RainforestGuardians! 
Join us and #BeForestwise

A real Rainforest guardian! Sugar tapper Sedau bringing the sugar juice from the tree to the cooking stove to make sugar

A fresh illipe nut (Shorea Stenoptera)

The forest in the Sintang area