At Yayasan Planet Indonesia we conserve at-risk ecosystems through village-led partnerships. We utilize a right-based approach to engage locally-led solutions and unlock the potential for Indigenous and rural communities to restore and retain balance within human-nature interdependence. Our journey as an organization began by listening, responding, and adapting to the opportunities and challenges faced by communities in Indonesia. From there, our approach was built upon the values, needs, and aspirations of communities that partner with us to address issues at the social-ecological nexus. We recognized the need for far-sighted solutions that transcended the boundaries of mainstream initiatives that side-lined communities in environmental conservation - acknowledging the future requires a shift towards an inclusive systems based approach.
We do not limit our work to one ecosystem type, land-use issue, or social group. Rather, we focus on adapting our organization’s Conservation Cooperative Approach to create opportunities and address the needs within the landscapes of the communities that partner with us. We seek to remain agile and adaptive through addressing the underlying drivers and barriers that create an imbalance between people and nature. Our founding team saw it was imperative to shift conservation from a symptomatic reactive model towards an inclusive proactive approach that positions communities behind the wheel in determining their social-ecological trajectory.
ASAP Species That We Work On
What We Do
Yayasan Planet Indonesia is protecting three critically endangered ASAP species in the Gunung Naning Protection Forests of West Kalimantan, Indonesia. By strengthening our Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) patrol program in the Gunung Naning Protection Forests, we can secure safe habitats for the critically endangered Helmeted Hornbill, Sunda Pangolin, and the Bornean Orangutan.
Since this forest lacks an active protected area management system that can deter illicit activity, we have prioritized the development of the SMART patrol programs in our partner villages. We support indigenous community members to lead patrol teams in collaboration with government agency staff to monitor their surrounding local areas for illegal activity and disarm wildlife snares on a monthly basis.
By establishing community-led SMART patrols we create benefits for both biodiversity and empower local communities through opportunities of co-management of their surrounding natural resources. Results from SMART patrol data from 2018 - 2020 from the other site we work in - the Gunung Niyut Nature Reserve - reveals that there has been a steep drop in incidence of hunting (by 41%), encroachment (by 40%), and logging (by 8.5%) after the commencement of SMART patrols. As a result, the SMART patrol program reinforces our commitments to our partner communities by providing them opportunities to protect their surrounding forests and biodiversity together with government agencies.
By instituting and supporting these locally-led community patrol groups, we expect to create the necessary deterrence against poaching and illegal logging in the Gunung Naning Protection Forests that will ensure protection to. In 2021 alone our new team in Gunung Naning comprising 4 community members patrolled more than 19’000 hectares of forest.
Where We Work
West Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia