The regional office provides consulting services to donor organizations, NGOs, government bodies, and traders and investors in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. It combines the strengths of our Dutch consultants with local expertise.
Our consultants are specialists in sustainability issues in natural resource-based trade and in investment in forestry, agribusiness, land use planning and mapping, and community, non-forest timber products. We have extensive in-house expertise on oil palm, timber, rubber, and mining as well as certification schemes.
To cater for the growing demand for in situ expertise, capacity was expanded in 2011. The Asia office is now staffed by four consultants, one field investigator and an office manager.
Climate Change Expert
Heading the team is Alfan Subekti. A native of rural Kalimantan and academically trained in both Indonesia and The Netherlands, Alfan uniquely combines broad consultancy and management experience in commercial forestry with a knowledge of nature conservation and climate change issues. For the past 20 years Alfan has been active in social forestry, conflict resolution, environmental management, institutional strengthening, facilitation, field work, and alternative energy (solar panel and wind turbine). Besides managing Aidenvironment Asia and undertaking consultancy activities, Alfan is committed to intensifying partnership, collaboration and involvement with partners and stakeholders at regional, national and district levels.
Senior consultant Eric Wakker has represented Aidenvironment in Southeast Asia since 2002. He has coordinated numerous consultancy projects relating to natural resource management and trade, with a focus on the forestry, plantation and agricultural sectors in Southeast Asia. This work is based on Aidenvironment’s Resource Trade Cycle model, which demonstrates how actors at different levels influence the market chain of major global agro-commodities.
Aidenvironment Asia is supported by experienced field investigator Adri Zakaria. Consultant Meri Orth is an expert on tropical forestry, focusing on social forestry and the people who depend on the forest for their livelihood. Most recently she has been working on coal mining projects. In April 2011 Betty Tiominar joined the team as a consultant, bringing in-depth experience of indigenous people, forestry, pulp and paper industry, and oil palm plantation development.