Biodiversity and climate protection in the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra
As of: January 2020
Objective and activities
The project supports the sustainable management of the Gunung Leuser ecosystem on Sumatra. The primary aim of the project is to balance the needs for conserving biodiversity with those of the population. The project provides infrastructure to the protected areas’ administrative bodies and advises them on setting up new structures and improving existing ones. New GIS systems boost the planning and monitoring ability of the regional planning authorities. The project works together with the municipalities to develop land-use plans in order to improve the living conditions of the local population and avoid conflicts. Borders are being defined between areas to be used by the population and protected ones. Measures involving agroforestry and communal forests create additional income for the population and reduce the pressure on land in the national park. Furthermore, the project addresses the conflicts between people and wild animals (e.g. elephants and tigers).
State of implementation/results
Due to several delays, project work startet only in November 2015. The project works in close cooperation and in a complementary manner with projects of USAID and the EU. The Inception Phase was successfully concluded in April 2016 and the Inception Report, Project Implementation Manual und Plan of Operation approved by the Indonesian counterparts.