Ecoshare Pte. Ltd.

ECOSHARE is a private limited company based in Singapore, and a Rainforest Project Foundation Netherlands initiative 90% of founding shares are owned by TRP; 10% is privately held. All activities and expenses are provided by volunteers around the globe.

 

The Rainforest Project
Business structure
  • ECOSHARE Pte Ltd Singapore will handle all commercial sales and investment activities. ECOSHARE will own the long-term forest and costal marine ecosystem leases.

 

  • ECOSERVE LTD and LALPWEH LTD companies in Papua New Guinea will implement all in-country activities and management of forest and lease areas, in close cooperation with and by landowner clan corporations and their communities.

 

  • THE RAINFOREST PROJECT FOUNDATION will own the majority founding shares (90%) in ECOSHARE Ltd, and leads and oversees all activities of all companies, as well as managing all conservation and scientific activities.

The Rainforest Project
The Rainforest Project

The Rainforest Project Foundation

The Rainforest Project (TRP) is a European-based foundation dedicated to the preservation of the world’s forests, registered with the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce.

TRP was founded in 1993 by a number of like-minded individuals with backgrounds in the sciences who wished to make a difference in nature conservation.
 

The foundation recruits participants from universities, forestry departments, and grass-roots groups in areas where TRP conducts projects. TRP is committed to people-based nature conservation, merging research, economic development, and a participatory approach to ensure the input of local people. Our primary goals are:

  • To initiate, support, and promote tropical forest conservation through commercial ecosystems use and conservation.

  • To enlist structural support for protection, management, and training in forest conservation in order to encourage long-term self-reliance.

  • To encourage the implementation of environmentally-sound policy to strengthen nature conservation efforts and long-term economic feasibility of people-based nature conservation.

Partners and People
  • Landowner - clan communities in the Southern Highlands/Gulf Provinces, East and West Sepik Provinces, and Manus Province, Papua New Guinea

  • Henry Heuveling van Beek, Team Leader, Chair The Rainforest Project, Netherlands, ECOSHARE Director, Singapore

  • Nadeem Farooq, ECOSHARE Director, IT and Investment Expert, Singapore

  • Michael Poesi, PNG LALPWEH LTD, Forester/Director, PNG management. Local Management - commercial development, implementation, organization of landowner and government collaboration

  • Thompson McNai, school teacher, agricultural entrepreneur, Director ECOSERVE, team leader/manager, Sepik

  • Hans Kemp, Photographer, Netherlands/Thailand, Multimedia.

  • Dr. Nguyen Thi Tuyen, Social Geographer, University Of California, USA, people-based conservation and livelihood improvement design and advisor

  • Dr. Le Cong Kiet, Botanical Research Coordinator, Vietnam National University.

  • Dr. Gabriella Modan, Senior advisor, Linguist, The Ohio State University, TRP Board Member, USA.

  • Trevor Angel, IT Specialist, web design and management, Australia.

  • Dr. John Kleinen, Anthropologist, Scientific Coordination, Netherlands.

  • Dr. Petra von Dungern, Health and tropical disease expert researcher. GB – Germany.

  • Dr. Hoa Nguyen-Phuc, Ornithologist Environmental Science, Texas A&M University, USA. 

Henry Heuveling van Beek, director ECOSHARE Pte Ltd.

Amsterdam, 1957. MA International Relations, 1992, University of Amsterdam. Started and managed The Rainforest Project foundation since 1993, currently chairperson. Owner and director ECOSHARE Pte Ltd. Over 25 years’ experience in nature conservation activities. Agarwood expert, project manager, ideas person.

My aim is to help create viable nature conservation. ECOSHARE is the culmination of many years of conservation study, involvement and professional participation. While providing short term Eaglewood consulting in Papua New Guinea, since 2002, mostly for the Papua New Guinea Social Development Program, PNGSDP, I was enabled to travel to remote locations and walk into forests with PNG clan members, and traveling on their rivers and seas. Most remarkable was the enormous natural wealth, and most disturbing, the deep poverty of the people who own these ecosystems.

Whenever I had the opportunity, I asked: “Don’t you want to keep your forests?”, as we often encountered logging and devastating open pit mining. (PNGSDP was financed to alleviate one of the words most damaging open pit mining disasters). The reply was always something like: “Yes of course, this is my ancestors land and we are born here and we live here and we love our forest”. But the only avenue open for them to escape a hard, subsistence life, was and remains agreement to logging and mining, often with extremely low returns, or even none at all. And this while mining and logging caused devastating destruction of forests, rivers, and seas, wiping out their forests, and marine based ecosystems, forever.

It therefore seems logic to pair conservation to rewards for land owners/conservationists. Papua New Guinea people have been living in environmental harmony with their ecosystems on and around their customary land for thousands of years, and their legal ownership is laid down in the PNG constitution. So, how to do achieve commercial conservation?

This is how I came up with ECOSHARE; a way to translate land and ecosystem ownership, to very long term conservation, while create sustainable income for all involved. Present urgency is highlighted by global warming concerns, coupled with fast decreasing natural forests and marine ecosystems. Pending is an enormous global environmental disaster, endangering human survival, and that requires ECOSHARE now.

Ecosystems of high quality are still available in PNG, and need to be assessed as an entity, as a commodity, like gold; now or never, and we have no time left. Logs, wildlife, carbon storage, mineral deposits, people and plants, clean air and water, and undiscovered medical applications require action starting with value allocation, profit generation, and sharing. I hope to have explained, together with my close collaborators in PNG and around the world, why and how and what we intend to accomplish, on this website, which admittedly remains a work in progress.

This personal statement must end with the declaration;

I am doing this to create nature conservation which actually works. It will work, because the primary actors, the people of PNG want this, and need a chance to keep their natural wealth while improving their livelihood. Demand for ecosystem conservation is high and will increase. Value at present is based on estimates of potential commercial outputs, and expected future value as we are selling a commodity, ecosystems, which is in high demand, diminishing forever, and containing unexplored, undeveloped riches. We will set up numerous businesses, coupled with a forecasted value increase over time, good returns on capital investment can be expected.

 

My friends in PNG, particular Michael and Thompson, numerous friends and close relations around the globe, together with me, have invested money and time. Any returns to us personally, will be through paid positions in our management, and caps will be imposed on such salaries, based on location and position. My personal share will be reduced to 5% in the company. By April, I will transfer 90% of founding shares to TRP, our non-profit foundation. I intend to sell 5% to obtain additional startup capital for ecoshare. I remain in charge for the time being, by way of my board membership of TRP, and directorship in ECOSHARE. I intend to transfer all direct management of ECOSHARE to others, as soon as the startup phase has been concluded. In short, this is an honest, new and feasible way to change failing conservation of high value ecosystems without seeking personal wealth.

Henry Heuveling van Beek,

Ho Chi Minh City, March 2017

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