Huge oil fire Many of you may in the meantime have read from my Twitter or from news media that last Saturday the city of Balikpapan was watching a huge oil fire with an enormous black cloud rising above it. The fire happened right in front of the Pertamina oil refineries in the middle of|
Amigos International, the supplier of Masarang palmsugar in Europe, will expand its market by introducing a second sugar product namely Red Ape Forest Sugar. After much marketing research, product development and production itself Red Ape Sugar has recently been launched. The Red Ape label obviously refers to the Orang Utan, our closely related cousin that|
An evening with Animal rescue organizations On October 20th, I was invited to present a lecture on oil palms and an update on our conservation work for Masarang, especially Tasikoki that is supported by Luxembourg Orangutan Help, and Orangutan Rescue where they are loyal supporters of the Sintang Orangutan Center that is supported by the|
Leaving Tasikoki for a new adventure After more than 7 years managing Masarang’s Tasikoki wildlife issues Simon formally sent in his resignation letter to the Masarang Foundation board. He and Angela D’Allesio have taken on a new position with another nature conservation project in Central Sulawesi. For many years Simon, and later joined by Angela,|
This salt water crocodile right in front of our harbor in the Bay of Balikpapan, estimated to be 6 meters long, a few days ago killed the 3rd person within the last 11 months. The picture was taken on October 17th and two weeks later he struck again. In the past, we had an average|
A few days ago I was given a package with batik cloth in it, sent from Jakarta. I asked Erwin Tanauma, our palm sugar factory director what it was for. “Well it is not 100% sure but this could mean that we won the prestigious Paramakarya award Sir.” I thought, sounds a bit like the|
A good week it was. For a full seven days, I could spend time with the boards of Masarang International, Masarang Hong Kong and Masarang Indonesia, while at the same time also showing a party interested in carbon credits around. During this week, we also held final interviews with candidates for the Masarang Indonesia CEO
Cooperation between the Minaesa University and Masarang Masarang Foundation has a standing official cooperation with the Minaesa Technical University of Tomohon (ITM). Staff and students of the university work with the Masarang sugar factory to improve various technological issues for sugar production, new products and designs that also include construction of buildings and architecture. Students|
Masarang key player in new center of excellence A group of lecturers of the Brawijaya University in Malang, East Java, visited the Masarang sugar factory. Prof. Julius Pontoh (second from right) and myself received the group. The university team had heard about the work of our Masarang Foundation with sugar palms and they are in|
A successful vision Today, November 1st, 2017, I received the village head of Kedang Ipil in the “Rimba Room”, our camp restaurant, the very place where I started my first experience in the jungle of Borneo almost 40 years ago. Kedang Ipil is a village with thousands of sugar palms just north of the boundary|
Tasikoi adventure Forest foraging, Bug hunting, Tree planting, Seed bombing, Enrichment making, and Beach cleaning – the students from the 2017 Yan Oi Tong Maritime Silk Road Exploration programme did it all (plus more), at their recent visit to Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre! The Tasikoki adventure started with an interesting information session where the students|
On Thursday 10 August 2017, the Sugar Factory in Tomohon got a Special Guest. RINI SOEMARNO, is the Minister of SOE in Indonesia. The Minister of SOE came to factory with a group consisting of Comissioner of PERTAMINA Mr.Sahala, Deputy of Agro Industry and Pharmaceutical Enterprises Ministry of SOEs Mr. Wahyu Kuncoro, General Manager Pertamina|
The Pulisan reforestation project Pulisan is the name of a small watershed in the southern part of Tomohon, located on the top of a steep mountain ridge. The name is an expression in the Tombulu language that means something like: “place where water disappears”. And that is exactly what happens here! There is no visible|
The Siddhakarya Award Perhaps you can still remember about the Siddhakarya Award (an award for good productivity) the sugar factory received in October 2016 from the North Sulawesi Governor through the Provincial Department of Manpower? As it seems, it has continued to the jury of the Ministry of Manpower of the Republic of Indonesia in|
We are proud to announce that Masarang Rainforest Soap and lip balm is now also for sale in the webshop Katoen&Ko and in the Health Specialty Shop Binorm in Zutphen. The assortment on the website of Orangutan Rescue is now also expanded with lip balm and new fragrances of Rainforest Soap. With the purchase of|
Kenangan I like my wooden house in the forest camp called Kenangan. Kenangan means memory and for sure I have many memories of this place since this is where I started my work in tropical rainforests as a student, now more than 37 years ago. Now I am a director of the forest company that|
Since the Masarang Foundation opened the tengkawang (or illipe butter) factory (through a donation of the Dutch Otter Foundation) on the 19th of August 2014, a lot had happened for the tengkawang project. In a matter of months the factory was built and in August and September of that year the first tons of nuts|
Not to miss! In a new six-part series Helden van de Wildernis Art Rooijakkers visits conservationists in beautiful natural areas around the world. Areas that are under severe pressure as well as its inhabitants. One of the episodes is dedicated to the work of Willie Smits , the Sintang Orangutan Center in Borneo, West-Kalimantan. Art|
Through the support of one of Masarang’s valued sponsors, Masarang started a reforestation project in the surroundings of the beautiful Saran Mountain. Masarang is already working in this region for a few years now to protect the Saran Mountain and its surroundings against the rapid expansion of oil palm plantations in the region. Reforestation against|
The Masarang Hongkong Foundation organized a successful fundraising with the sale of a 2017 calendar. Thereafter they were able to donate $30,000 in total to the Tasikoki Rescue and Education Centre and the Sintang Orangutan Centre. Information about the donation to each Rescue Centre is on the Masarang HK website. The donations could not have
Selfa is self-employed and organizes events for companies including Nike. She does this on project basis. It often involves events for large groups, sometimes up to 1,500 guests and she then works full throttle in sometimes 120-hour weeks! “I thought I was doing good,” she exclaims during our conversation, a sigh as she recently discovered|
From 10-24 October 2016, Masarang received 7 students from the Kapuas University in Sintang (West Kalimantan) of the forestry faculty, for an internship in reforestation work and agroforestry activities. The students joined a training by former Dutch Missionary Piet van Hoof, who has extensive knowledge about composting, agriculture and how to work land in a|
This article was written by the Indonesian journalist Ferry Susanto Arsyadm, and describes extensively the benefits of the sugar palm process for the local population, the role of Masarang, and how the sugar palm also helps in preserving the rain forest. A must read! The sweet spirit of mount Lokon|
This year, PT Gunung Hijau Masarang was selected as one of the best companies to receive the SIDDHAKARYA productivity award 2016 for small and medium companies in the province of North Sulawesi. PT Gunung Hijau Masarang competed with all medium and small companies in North Sulawesi and 6 of them were selected to be the|
The palm sugar starch industry is not making efficient use of sugar palm trees, and creates a waste problem as well. Read Willies blog to discover about the alternative solutions. a-visit-to-ciamis In front of the operation of Haji Yaya together with a local business man, Haji Yaya, Prof. Wahidin, his wife and daughter & my
Since the disastrous, massive forest fires in Indonesia last year, the Indonesian government announced actions in order to prevent another disaster this year.
Read about the touching story of Benni, who's biggest wish has been fulfilled!
The Masarang Foundation is currently making preparations to produce 100.000 sugar palm seedlings for Willie’s 600.000 hectare reforestation project in East Kalimantan.
Following the biochar activities in West Kalimantan, the Masarang Foundation has now also started a biochar program in North Sulawesi.
April was the month of Earth Day.
On the 28th of December, a ceremony was organized in Rurukan around the handing out of new scholarships for more than 100 students that are attending elementary or secondary school.
Thanks to a donation from the Otter Foundation, we are working hard in West-Kalimantan to spread the sugar palms.
Tasikoki is working on conservation of indigenous species and an important education centre for the schools and children of North Sulawesi. In this news article we inform you about these activities on sea turtle conservation and sustainable development.
The project to introduce sustainable alternatives to slash and burn agriculture in Borneo is progressing well.
The tengkawang factory in Tembak is operating full throttle again, in order to process the tengkawang nuts from three different regions close the the factory, namely Tempunak (where the factory is located), Belimbing and Sepauk.
2015 was a disastrous year for the forests of Indonesia.
Credit Union Keling Kumang is a micro-credit type bank based in Sintang and founded by local Dayaks.
Vorige maand heeft de Masarang stichting haar eerste productie faciliteit voor palmsuiker buiten Sulawesi geopend. Deze faciliteit kon gebouwd worden door een bijdrage van de Nederlandse stichting AKBH.
HeroesToo is proud to announce their first partner and recipient of donations from the proceeds of their just launched Crowdfunding campaign, the MessageBottle.
El Nino also have broad implications for the people in Northern Sulawesi. Water is getting scarce, and Masarang (the mountain and our foundation) are very important now for the people.
Kalimantan burns and that has broad implications for the local population!
For operations in Kalimantan a new small new truck is available.
On September 12th, 2015, a brave sister and brother, Stefanie and Allard Heerema, participated in the triathlon of Almere.
Thanks to funding received from the Regional Environment Office of the United States Embassy, the Masarang Foundation has been able to develop another new nursery at the Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre.
Visiting Indonesia, and in this case Tomohon North Sulawesi is never boring.
Last year Masarang International spent €1800 of the funds received from private sponsors (donateurs??), to support Tasikoki for building a new "pre-release" enclosure for the black crested macaques.
This month we share the story of one of the students in the Masarang scholarship program.
At the 1st of May 2015, the Masarang Foundation in cooperation with the Kobus Foundation organized an event in the Kobus Longhouse in Sintang.
The famous Dutch TV program "Het Klokhuis" recently visited Masarang in West Borneo for the shooting of two episodes.
Amigos International is the name of the company that distributes Masarang palm sugar in Europe since late 2011.
We at the Department of Culture and Education in the Masarang Foundation are proud to present to you our scholarship programme.
On 8 and 9 January, the US ambassador to Indonesia - Robert Blake - visited the wildlife and rescuecenter Tasikoki in North Sulawesi.
At the end of last year, the Bitung Police Criminal Investigation Unit confiscated 16 crates of Papuan bird species and parts of deer antlers and crocodile skin that were being unloaded in Bitung harbour from a ship that came from Maleuke in Papua.
The Masarang sugar factory has sold its first two containers to a distributor in the USA. The USA can now be added to the list of countries that have bought Masarang palm sugar, after the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Hong Kong, Australia and Canada.
In the past days the Tasikoki team, in cooperation with the local police raided and confiscated numerous endangered animals in North Sulawesi.
Dutch volunteer Myrte Voormolen reports about her experience in the animal rescue and education center, where she stayed this summer.