Tropical Futures Initiative (TFI)

The Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Policy and Science Interface (PSI) research group organized the formal launch of the cross-sectoral “Tropical Futures Initiative” (TFI) at a workshop with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in Jakarta, Indonesia, in February 2014.

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Keynote speeches were given by IIASA Director General and CEO, Pavel Kabat, IIASA Council Member for Indonesia Prof. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, and researchers from ESM. Also present at the opening workshop were the German and Norwegian Ambassadors, the governmental delegations of East Kalimantan and Jambi (Pilot Regions for TFI), representatives from Indonesian ministries, a representative of the Malaysian IIASA National Member Organization, and local and regional stakeholders.

As a follow-up activity, a capacity building and training workshop of Indonesian researchers took place at IIASA in fall 2014. Further major institutions such as the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) joined the initiative to provide further strong institutional capacities at all levels.

The TFI will be extended toward more countries and integrated with other planning tools in the tropical basins.


Indonesian National Committee for IIASA

Center for Strategic Studies and Management (CGEE), Brazil

Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM)

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (Indonesia)

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

REDD+ Agency

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Indonesia

Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA)

Brazilian Institute for Space Research (INPE)

Bandung Technology Institute

Photos from the kick off meeting

From Left: H. E. Dr. Georg Witschel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany; Prof. Dr. Pavel Kabat, IIASA Director General & CEO; Ir. Heru Prasetyo, Head, REDD+ Agency Indonesia

From Left: IIASA Research Scholar Aline Mosnier; Ridwansyah, Jambi REDD+ Committee; Daddy Ruhiyat, East Kalimantan Council for Climate Change

Meeting participants from Indonesian pilot province Jambi

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Last edited: 12 May 2015


Florian Kraxner

Research Group Leader and Principal Research Scholar Agriculture, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services Research Group - Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program

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