How We Work

Learn how we are growing conservation from forests to seas in one of the most biodiverse countries.

Indonesia. The world’s fourth-most populous country and one of its most biodiverse. Composed of more than 17,500 islands stretching for 5200 kilometers (2600 miles) between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Indonesia is home to many ecological wonders. These natural resources face some very real threats, and so do the people who depend on them for their health and livelihoods. 

Together with government, companies, other non-profits and local marine and forest-dwelling communities, The Nature Conservancy is helping develop new solutions to the problems that threaten to undermine Indonesia’s development. By supporting sustainable development, the Conservancy has a chance to play an important role in helping one of the world’s largest and most environmentally important and highly populated countries achieve a natural balance, both on the land and at sea. 

From Seeds of Change…

For many people, the orangutan stands as a symbol of Indonesia’s forests, a revered resident of the country’s sprawling forests. But people also live in and depend on this country’s forests, which makes Indonesia’s rapid rate of deforestation (72 percent of the country’s original forest cover has been lost) an environmental and human health issue. 

The Conservancy is working at all levels, from the canopy to the forest floor, to propel sustainable forestry efforts. From the schools of Lore Lindu National Park, where we’ve helped create and implement a conservation curriculum, to the halls of Asia Pacific governments—where our leading thinkers have helped rally support for region-catalyzing initiatives to make sustainable forestry economically viable—the Conservancy is making a new framework for forest conservation possible. 

The Conservancy-led Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade (RAFT) program seeks not only to empower (and equip) forest communities to make sustainable resource choices that benefit them, but also to take those successes and replicate them through a dedicated network of conservation and policy partners. Learn more about the specific projects that are helping not just orangutans but people.

…To Seas of Change 

Indonesia’s thousands of miles of coastline represent some of the world’s most crucial marine ecosystems, which support large fisheries and tourism industries that millions of people depend on for their livelihoods, food and way of life. 

The Conservancy is partnering with governments, local people and businesses from the grassroots to the highest level to help ensure effective management of these vital marine environments by the people and for the people who rely on them. From laying a foundation for conservation through increased awareness, capacity and community engagement in places such as Raja Ampat, to securing big commitments from Coral Triangle governments for the sustainable management of marine resources across national borders, the Conservancy has helped pave the way for sustainable marine economies, built and guided by the coastal communities that depend on them. 

This is making a big difference: for coral reefs, for sea turtles and for conservation-minded tourists. Dive into the waters where we’re making a splash.

Local Efforts — Global Impact

Our projects aren’t just building a better future for Indonesia; they’re improving the entire globe’s environmental outlook. 

Through a new mechanism called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)+—a ground-breaking global initiative that funds local efforts to stop deforestation—we’re helping to prove that worldwide efforts to limit carbon emissions and fight climate change can be successful. Operating across an entire district, the Berau Forest Carbon Program will show how REDD+ can be applied over an area large and complex enough to provide important lessons for scaling-up to provincial and national levels, but small enough to attribute responsibility for measurable reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. 

Similarly, the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI), inspired and launched with the help of the Conservancy and partners, is working to create vast change by bringing together the resources of a far-reaching partnership to conserve the region’s extraordinary natural ecosystems and the marine life that sustains its coastal communities and economies. Powered by Indonesia and five other nations, the CTI provides a platform for collaborative, coordinated, cost-effective conservation that is transforming management of marine resource across a region. 

These game-changing initiatives are ongoing and need participation from all of us if they’re to be successful. The real “How?” behind our work is partners like you; join us today and help make Indonesia’s future benefit the world.


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