In recent years rattan products have largely been replaced by products made from artificial materials. In Indonesia, the world’s largest rattan producer, this has led to many small holder farmers losing their jobs. However, regarding innovative rattan products, there is a rising demand by future-oriented companies for sustainably produced, organic materials such as the Nature Tech material karuun®.​

As a natural raw material rattan is ideal not only because of its technical properties: is grows very fast and is harvested by local farmers in an environmentally friendly way. Rattan needs the rainforest in order to thrive, in contrast to other monocultures where areas of rainforest have to be cleared to allow cultivation.​

Reactivating the rattan market is therefore not only in the interest of VIVERE Group and karuun® but also offers the opportunity to generate income of smallholder farmers and to preserve the tropical rainforests through modern and sustainable land use and conservation models.​

Our partners:

The project covers five areas over a period of three years:


Development of sustainable resource management


Establishment of a traceability system and benefit scheme


Improvement of the quality management system


Use of lesser known rattan species


Capacity building and knowledge sharing

At the end of the project in 2023, the
impacts and results are expected:

200 smallholder farmers have increased their net income from sustainable rattan harvesting on average by 30%.

A sustainable quality management system for innovative rattan is established at farmer, collector and supplier level.

200 relevant stakeholders are aware of the possible applications of rattan for modern design furniture and other products.

400 trained farmers have developed capacities in applying a management plan, sustainable harvesting and enrichment planting for rattan.

Track the karuun® supply chain with the RattanTrace app

Measure sustainable and social impacts and track our supply chain from origin to destination with the RattanTrace app – for maximum transparency from harvest to use as a nature tech material.

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Find out more about our project partners

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
The project is funded as part of the programme, which is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


A multifaceted Indonesian group of companies engaged in different aspects of the interior and furnishing business, from creation all the way to the provision of products and services.

Project funding of sustainable business initiatives in developing countries. The support of the project by ensures that other stakeholders also benefit from the implemented measures.