Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Protection in the Gunung Leuser Ecosystem, Aceh

Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the Government of Aceh are working with the German Federal Environment Ministry and KfW, a German development bank, on a biodiversity conservation and climate protection project in the Gunung Leuser Ecosystem, the last place on earth where orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers co-exist in the wild. The project is working to promote better stewardship of forest landscapes through sustainable forest management, afforestation measures, and the rehabilitation of areas affected by land degradation. It also aims to empower local communities to pursue better livelihoods through conservation-orientated income opportunities, such as agroforestry, the use of non-timber forest products, and ecotourism.

The project has supported the enactment of community conservation agreements, negotiations on community border demarcations, and participatory natural resource land use planning to prevent illegal logging and poaching. In addition, wildlife conflict mitigation, community training and conservation education for young people in schools have helped improve relations between local communities and the authorities.

The programme offers the opportunity for local communities to earn an alternative income by working in village nurseries and learn more about agroforestry while protecting our natural resources.

Head of Batu Napal village