Our Strategy

Multi-Stakeholder Governance

At INOBU, we believe that real transformation is outside the reach of any one group of actors. Systemic change is only possible when diverse actors collaborate to solve the problems causing environmental degradation and rural poverty. Read More

Jurisdictional Sourcing

Jurisdictional sourcing - a jurisdiction-wide approach to commodity sourcing - has the potential to transform our commodity supply chains: reducing the cost of sustainability sourcing for companies, and opening new markets for small-scale farmers and indigenous communities. Read More


Through our research, we deliver technological and policy innovations that drive sustainable development. INOBU's innovations are carefully tailored to streamline government systems and empower smallholders and indigenous communities.  Read More

Applied Research

Finding solutions that are sustainable, equitable and profitable is rarely simple. INOBU's team brings the best minds in environmental policy, law, economics, and spatial analysis to dissect the issues and develop lasting solutions. Read More

Our projects

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GCF Taskforce (Governors’ Climate & Forests Taskforce)
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Research Projects
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Technological Innovation

Latest news

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Tani Subur Village Unit Cooperative: The Second Independen...

December 14, 2017. The Indonesian palm oil sector has made major progress this year in certifying smallholders. RSPO certificates were given to Indonesian smallholders at last month’s RT15 event, and this month, the Ministry of... Read More
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Indonesian Smallholders Given Spotlight at RSPO’s RT15 E...

December 12, 2017. Despite the disruption from the erupting Mount Agung, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) successfully held its annual Roundtable 15 (RT15) event last month. What made 477 people from 40 countries, representing... Read More
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PRESS RELEASE – The Balikpapan Challenge: Moving fro...

Press Release – July 11, 2017. On 25-29 September 2017, governors from across the world will gather in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, to initiate an important new phase in the efforts to reduce tropical deforestation. Joining them... Read More
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We aspire for an Indonesia where land and seascapes are managed sustainably and benefit the communities that depend on them
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Our Impact

Program Impact Area (hectares)
Farmers RSPO & ISPO Certified
Smallholders Mapped
Commodity Supply Chains Being Transformed

Resources & Publications

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Report: A Profile of Oil Palm Smallholders and the Challen...

Ensuring that independent, small-scale oil palm farmers are cultivating oil palm sustainably and productively is an integral step to in reducing the environmental harm caused by oil palm cultivation. To achieve that goal, we first... Read More
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INOBU Brief: Monitoring...

Monitoring systems need to be able to detect where harmful environmental activities are taking place and when they occurred. This means having reliable systems for detecting deforestation, forest degradation and fires. Detecting events,... Read More
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INOBU Brief: Mapping Smallholder Oil Palm Farmers: Innova...

The sustainability of palm oil supply chains relies on being able to trace the commodity from origin to production and processing. Consumers want to know that the palm oil they use has not led to deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions... Read More
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Smallholder Certification Progress

INOBU is proud to present the results of our smallholder certification program of a pilot group of 600 oil palm smallholders in Pangkalan Tiga village, Kotawaringin Barat District (Central Kalimantan). Smallholders are undergoing certification under the Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) standard, and next will undergo Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification. Our program is supported by Unilever and RSPO.
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Our Employees

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Roida Afourin Tambunan

Administration Staff
Orin is an administrative assistant who has over 15 years of professional experiences working as a secretary in an embassy in Jakarta and in financial institutions. She graduated from Gunadarma University. At INOBU,... Read More
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Martha Muliana Silalahi

Project & Administration Manager
Martha is INOBU’s Administration and Project Manager. She graduated with a Master of International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, in 2009. Prior to joining INOBU, she worked at UNDP,... Read More
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Cokorda Gde Wisnu Wiratama

Research Assistant
Wisnu is a Research Assistant at INOBU. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Planning at Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology. At INOBU, Wisnu provides support... Read More
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Seruni Putri Soewondo

Communications Assistant
Seruni is a Communications Assistant at INOBU. She holds a Master’s degree in Critical Media and Cultural Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations... Read More
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Utami Putri Manvi

Research Coordinator
Tami graduated with a Bachelor of Economics degree from the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Indonesia in 2014. Prior to joining INOBU, Tami worked as a data analyst at the National Team for Accelerating... Read More
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Agung Prawira Umbas

Finance Assistant
Agung holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics specializing in International Finance and Control from Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen (Arnhem Business School). He has experienced multi-cultural backgrounds, having... Read More
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What drives us?

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Finding lasting solutions to environmental issues drives us. Rigorous research followed by transformative innovation inspires us. INOBU takes environmental problems, researches the conditions surrounding them, develops innovative interventions, and then pilots and tests them on the ground. We seek solutions to the structural flaws and coalesce the right mix of actors to participate in solving them.