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Silverius Oscar Unggul

Silverius Oscar Unggul co-founded Telapak Association with Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto in 2006. Ambrosius served as president from 2006 to 2012 and is now no longer a Telapak member. Silverius now serves as the president and is an expert on community engagement, risk mitigation and conflict resolution. Telapak transforms illegal loggers into sustainable famers through forest management, and destructive fisherman into sustainable fisherman through sustainable marine management. In collaboration with the private sector, he led Telapak to implement inclusive business on forestry, marine and tourism. Silverius was named as an Ashoka Fellow 2006, Conde Nast Traveler Environmental Award 2008, Young Global Leader 2009 and Skoll Awardee on Social Enterpreneur 2010.

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Hybrid Social Enterprise
Entrepreneurship; Future of Enterprise; Sustainable Development
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ASEAN, Indonesia


Founded in 1997, Telapak implements Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for the sustainable forest community in South-East Asia. Telapak is an association of NGO activists, business practitioners, academics, media affiliates, and leaders of indigenous peoples, as well as local fishermen and farmer communities across Indonesia that are moving towards sustainability, sovereignty and integrity in natural resource management.

Telapak sustains its activities through the establishment of cooperatives and through several breakthrough programmes on organic agriculture, sustainable fisheries and forestry, ecotourism, and renewable energy. The word Telapak philosophically signifies the footprints that show the real embodiment of nature as it advances through the transition from a forest or ecosystem in particular to sustainable livelihoods in general.


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