Dr Asep S Suntana has been working on forest and agricultural certification issues since 1993 and currently is one of Social Expert Panel Members under the aegis of Lembaga Ekolabel Indonesia (LEI) Forest Certification Schemes (Natural Production Forest, Plantation Forest, and Community-based Forest Management) as well as Social and Environmental assessor under the auspice of Forest Stewardship Council. Asep had experience working with Scientific Certification System (SCS), an Emeryville-based company, on forestry related certification programs in the USA.
He has been working on the field of forest systems and bio-energy program, particularly in linking forest management systems with forest certification, sustainable bio-energy development, rural development, community-based natural resources management, and carbon emissions reduction since 2004.
He has more than 20 years relevant working experience in managing programs on natural resources management with multi disciplines. Currently, he manages more than USD 20 million Grant Program on Community-based Natural Resources Management/CBNRM supported by the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)-Indonesia. The project includes Watershed Management, Improved Forest Stewardship, Small-scale Renewable Energy, Sustainable Agriculture, Women Economic Empowerment, and other small-scale community-based natural resources management projects in Sumatera Barat, Jambi, West Kalimantan, and East/North Kalimantan landscapes.