evening lecture in Luxembourg
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Lecture on Oil Palms in Luxembourg

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

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Simon Purser
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Farewell party for Simon Purser and Angela D’Allesio

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,

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Paramakarya award
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Masarang’s palm sugar factory receives the presidential Paramakarya award

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

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A good week!

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

Panorama from the Minaesa University
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News from the Minaesa University

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

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Brawijaya visit to Masarang sugar factory
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A visit by Brawijaya University to the Masarang Sugar Factory

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

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sugarpalms (in the background)
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Making Masarang’s vision work

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

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Planting seedlings for the Tasikoki forest
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2017 Yan Oi Tong Maritime Silk Road Exploration Tour to Tasikoki

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

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Minister visiting the sugar factory in Tomohon
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MINISTER OF STATE OWNED ENTERPRISES (SOE) INDONESIA VISITED SUGAR FACTORY

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

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Sonny
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The Pulisan reforestation project, the results after 12 years!

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

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The Siddhakarya award winners
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Sugar factory nominated for National Productivity Award!

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

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Masarang soap
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New selling points for Masarang Rainforest soap and lip balm

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

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Experimental agroforestry plots
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A day in the forest

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

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Tengkawang factory
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More succes for the tengkawang project

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

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Helden van de wildernis
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“Heroes of the Wilderness” devoted to the work of Willie

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

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Planting fruit trees
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Masarang reforestation project in West Kalimantan

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

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Masarang kalender
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Successful campaign by Masarang Hongkong.

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

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Help Selfa to a fun challenge!

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

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Brother Piet teaches students from the kapuas University (Sintang)
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Masarang helps students from the Kapuas University in Sintang

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

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Masarang won the Siddhakarya award.
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SIDDHAKARYA award for Masarang!

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

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A visit to Ciamis
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A visit to Ciamis

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

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New scholarships for the year 2013

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.

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Coastal ecology education in North Sulawesi

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.

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Tengkawang factory in full production

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.

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Water from the Masarang Mountain

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.

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Sweating for Charity

On September 12th, 2015, a brave sister and brother, Stefanie and Allard Heerema, participated in the triathlon of Almere.

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Masarang event in Sintang

At the 1st of May 2015, the Masarang Foundation in cooperation with the Kobus Foundation organized an event in the Kobus Longhouse in Sintang.

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Papuan birds rescued from Bitung harbour

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.