East Kalimantan is a microcosm of the world’s sustainable development challenges. It is one of the wealthiest provinces in Indonesia both ecologically and economically: 6.8 million hectares of tropical forests contribute to a robust natural resource-based economy.
But logging, palm oil production, mining, and fires have taken a toll on Indonesia’s tropical rainforests over the past 30 years, threatening the stability of the country’s natural resource-based economy, eliminating species habitat and compromising the ability of Indonesia’s forests to help combat climate change.
In September 2017, The Nature Conservancy and the government of Indonesia’s East Kalimantan Province created the Green Growth Compact, a unique partnership consisting of 25 companies, government agencies, communities and NGOs committed to working together to conserve forests, reduce emissions and advance sustainable economic growth. As a leading partner in the Compact, TNC made important gains in three key Compact initiatives:
- We have distributed 1,700 smartphones to more than 160 villages impacting over 500,000 people with support from the NetHope 2017 Device Challenge. The phones are loaded with an app that helps villagers to implement our tested community engagement approach to conserve their forests and improve their livelihoods.
- We provided a suite of best management practices that will enable 10 public and private partners to conserve critically endangered orangutans across more than 900,000 acres.
- We developed tools and recommendations to help strengthen sustainable management approaches across the province’s public forests, managed for ecological, social and economic outcomes.
As the first large-scale green growth framework in Indonesia, Compact partners are successfully establishing a framework for similar efforts across in Indonesia and around the world.
Our goal is to continue this work to reach a total of 300 villages, helping to improve forest management across 25 million acres by 2020.