RESTORASI EKOSISTEM RIAU (RER), is a collaborative project that brings together groups from both private and public sectors to restore and conserve ecologically important peat forest areas on Indonesia's Kampar Peninsula.

Established by APRIL Group in 2013, RER's multi-year program employs an integrated landscape-level approach protect, assess, restore and manage some 150,000 hectares of previously deforested or degraded peatland as a unique, bio-diverse forest reserve. By adopting a landscape approach, RER restores peatland forests and generates multiple ecosystem benefits through broad stakeholder and community collaboration.

Supported by long-term resources and expertise from partners Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Bidara and APRIL Group, RER works with local communities to strengthen ongoing conservation initiatives at the Kampar Peninsula under 60-year eco-restoration licenses granted by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

This vision involves the protection of larger sections of previously logged and degraded areas through active collaboration among partners that work together for a common, and crucial, environmental purpose.









The Kampar Peninsula

Indonesia's peatland areas are some of the most sensitive and endangered ecosystems in the world and the Kampar Peninsula in Sumatra is one of the largest in all of Southeast Asia and also one of its most threatened. Its tropical forests are rich in biodiversity and support endangered wildlife species, including the Sumatran tiger, flat-headed cat and sun bear amongst many others.

The Kampar Peninsula

Indonesia's peatland areas are some of the most sensitive and endangered ecosystems in the world and the Kampar Peninsula in Sumatra is one of the largest in all of Southeast Asia and also one of its most threatened. Its tropical forests are rich in biodiversity and support endangered wildlife species, including the Sumatran tiger, flat-headed cat and sun bear amongst many others.

Years of selective logging have degraded the Kampar forest area. Its fragile ecosystem is also threatened by the draining of peat swamp by commercial agriculture and fires started by newcomers to clear areas of land. Despite large amounts of carbon released into the atmosphere as a direct result of these activities contributing to global warming as well as haze across the region, the Peninsula still retains exceptionally high carbon stocks.

It is thus, imperative that the Kampar Peninsula is managed effectively to restore and conserve this important peatland ecorystem as part of an integrated approach to landscape-level conservation and sustainable forestry, and to contribute to Indonesia's, and the world's efforts towards climate change mitigation.

Management Team

RER is managed by highly competent leaders who are dedicated to its cause and are tireless in furthering its agenda.

Dr. Petrus Gunarso

Conservation Director - APRIL

With more than three decades of experience in forestry and environmental protection work in Indonesia, Dr. Gunarso oversees the management of APRIL Group’s landscape-based conservation area.

Prior to joining APRIL, Dr. Gunarso was Program Director of the Dutch non-profit organization Tropenbos International Indonesia Program, where he led projects on improving tropical forest governance and capacity building, conservation as well as productive landscape and sustainable development.

As Policy Analyst and Senior Project Coordinator with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), he was involved in nature decentralization of forest management, conservation issues, environmental management and community development.

Dr. Gunarso received his doctorate from the Department of Natural and Rural System Management from the University of Queensland Australia in 2004 and obtained his Master’s degree in fisheries and wildlife management from the Michigan State University, USA in 1988. He graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Bradford Sanders

Deputy Head of Conservation

Prior to coming to Indonesia in 2000, Brad worked for 15 years with the US Forest Service as a smokejumper to parachute to forest fires from Alaska to New Mexico and prescribed fire planner in Idaho.

From 2000-2002, Brad worked with the German Technical Development (GTZ) to develop a province-wide fire management system in East Kalimantan.

Brad first joined APRIL in 2003 as Firefighting Coordinator, establishing Fire Danger Rating and Initial-Attack fire suppression systems to protect APRIL’s fiber plantations. He developed aerial fire suppression capabilities with both helicopter and fixed-wing platforms as well as an aerial fertilizer program. Before leaving APRIL in 2012, Brad was active with corporate sustainability matters.

From 2012 – 2015, Brad worked as Technical Advisor for the UK-based Royal Society for the Protection of Bird’s, developing a Strategic Forest Management Plan and Business Plan for Indonesia’s first Ecosystem Restoration Concession, Harapan Rainforest (PT. REKI) in Jambi and South Sumatra provinces.

Brad rejoined APRIL in 2016 as Deputy Head of Conservation for Riau Ecosystem Restoration (RER).

He obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master's in Forest Management from Clemson University, South Carolina.

Muhammad Iqbal

B.Sc, M.Sc, Manager - Forest Ecology and Rehabilitation

With a Biology degree from the University of Indonesia, Pak Iqbal was appointed as Research Station Manager at Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park by the Wildlife Conservation Society. During his 5 year stint at the Park, he gained exposure to a broad range of ecological research work undertaken by national and international scientists.

His keen interest in plant ecology secured him an internship at the Rijk Herbarium in Leiden, Netherlands, where he also finished his master’s degree. Upon his return to Indonesia, Iqbal joined PT RAPP as a wildlife biologist. Now a conservation coordinator, he continues to gain exposure in the multi-dimensional aspects of conservation.

Advisory Board

RER receives guidance from an eminent Advisory Board which includes both Indonesian as well as international third-party experts.

Mark Rose

Chief Executive, Fauna & Flora International

Mark Rose has held the role of Chief Executive at Fauna & Flora International (FFI) for over 20 years. During that time he has been instrumental in transforming FFI from an organisation with a handful of active projects into a multifaceted global conservation charity with a work programme comprising more than 100 projects in over 40 countries.

He has spearheaded the establishment of innovative corporate partnerships that encourage big business to put biodiversity at the heart of the strategic planning process and has developed numerous successful sustainable business initiatives in support of species and landscape conservation.

Mark has been a driving force behind the establishment of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading, internationally-focused biodiversity conservation organisations based in and around the city.

Mark is a zoologist with extensive field experience, gained predominantly in remote parts of Africa and Asia-Pacific.

Dr. Tony Whitten

Regional Director, Asia-Pacific, Fauna & Flora International (FFI)

Dr. Tony Whitten joined FFI in 2010 as Regional Director for Asia Pacific, overseeing a broad range of projects, from tiger conservation in Sumatra to marine and coastal work in Cambodia and REDD+ projects in Kalimantan.

Prior to FFI, he spent 15 years with the World Bank as a Senior Biodiversity Specialist, consulting on projects related to habitat policy issues, regional initiatives and his own conservation projects across North Asia and Indochina.

Dr. Whitten is also a widely-published author on numerous titles on the ecology of Indonesia, including three landmark volumes on Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Java and Bali, which he illustrated and wrote over a 12-year period.

M. Nashihin Hasan

Founder & Director, Community Resources Development Institute (BIDARA)

Pak Nashihin is an internationally-respected development expert and founder of Community Resources Development Institute (BIDARA), a social equity consultancy. With over 30 years of experience in the fields of conflict resolution, prevention and peace building he has served as senior consultant to the Indonesian government, as well as national and international non-profit agencies such as CARE Indonesia, The World Bank, UNDP and OXFAM.

Pak Nashihin has been an advisor to APRIL since 1998 on developing and managing the company’s community development program, as well as on internal capacity development for stakeholder relations and social capital.

Jeffrey Arthur Sayer

Professor Of Development Practice At James Cook University, Cairns, Australia

Jeffrey Arthur Sayer is an expert in ecology and has worked throughout his career either as a researcher or program manager, mostly at the inter-face between research and practical natural resource management.

At present, he is Professor of Development Practice at James Cook University in Cairns.

He has worked for FAO and IUCN and was a Senior Environmental Adviser at the World Bank. He was the CEO of Center for International Forestry Research from 1993 to 2001 and has also worked as Senior Associate and Science Advisor for WWF International from 2001 until present. He held the chair of International Nature Conservation at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.

He was founding Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research in Indonesia and is now Senior Fellow of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Jeffrey is a member of the Science and Partnership Council of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research and has authored papers in peer reviewed journals and a number of books on natural resources topics.

I Made Subadia Gelgel

Made Subadia Gelgel ; DG of Forest Protection Nature Conservation (2002-2003)

With decades of experience with the Department of Forestry of the Indonesian Government, Mr. Gelgel brings with him expertise in sustainable forest management, regulatory and inter-agency relations.

Mr. Gelgel graduated from the Forestry Department of Gadjah Mada University and received his postgraduate degree in national resilience studies at the same University.

Bey Soo Khiang

Chairman of APRIL Group

Bey Soo Khiang was appointed as Vice Chairman of the RGE group of companies in March 2011. A former aviation executive and distinguished defense leader, he oversees critical matters on business sustainability across the four key business groups within the RGE Group. He is also Vice-Chairman of APRIL, and actively guides APRIL’s operations in Indonesia on matters relating to fiber plantations.

He holds a Masters in Arts (Engineering) from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Anthony Sebastian

Conservation Planning Specialist

Mr. Sebastian is a wildlife ecologist by training and a conservation-planning specialist by profession. He has extensive experience in the fields of conservation, restoration, wetlands, forestry, and policy. He consults in the arena of development and conservation-planning across Asia and the Middle East.

Mr. Sebastian comes with over 20 years of experience working with governments and non-governmental organizations across 17 Asian countries. He is also actively engaged with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and is a member of its international board of directors.