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Jun 6, 2020

Transformational Action

The COVID-19 global pandemic highlights the necessity of integrated cross-sector community-led approaches to conservation. There is an urgent need for far-sighted solutions to create systemic change to prevent further environmental loss, support fair and resilient livelihoods for millions, and prevent future outbreaks from unregulated and illegal wildlife trade.

Planet Indonesia's holistic approach has never been more important. Our needs-based model ensures rights and security, delivers financial and non-financial services that catalyze ecosystem stewardship, and supports democratic village-led governance. We have been working tirelessly for years to support communities in creating more equitable and sustainable relationships with nature, which underpins all human well-being and global health. 

While the impacts of this virus are far spreading, the poor and vulnerable will continue bearing the costs long after the virus is gone. While in some 'developed' industrialized countries a glimmer of hope has been the return of wildlife and blue skies, in the global south, where the majority of the world's biodiversity exists, a different situation unfolds.

Supply chain collapse and the socio-economic shock of losing one's livelihoods often causes individuals to turn to the exploitation of resources, the only survival option for millions around the globe. Shelter-in-place or work-from-home simply are not options for millions of subsistence farmers, fishermen, and rural producers.

We have been arguing for years that the social and economic hardships faced by rural communities need to be central to conservation efforts, and fuel a global movement. Furthermore, our ex-situ Wak Gatak Conservation Program was created to reverse the negative impacts of wildlife trafficking on both biodiversity and society in tandem with Planet Indonesia's community-based approach.

Our team has been working tirelessly to continue conversations and efforts to combat unregulated illegal wildlife trade, the source of several global pandemics including COVID-19.

Our empowerment team is working non-stop through our flagship Conservation Cooperative  approach to provide low interest loans and conditional cash transfers for those most impacted by COVID-19. Over the next few months we aim to provide financial support to some 7,500 rural farmers, fishermen, and rural producers.

Our community partners have expressed concerns over land grabs and resource battles and have requested to continue local community-led patrols. Our Conservation Cooperative approach provides the infrastructure to support these via the community revolving fund managed by each cooperative. 

This global pandemic highlights the need for bold transformational action on a global scale. For us, that starts and finishes with a commitment to community.

We need your support to continue delivering transformational solutions for people and nature.


Dec 9, 2019

Supporting local communities saving forests

We would like to express our gratitude through this update to demonstrate how your support makes a difference.

Since your donation was made, we launched a new school visit campaign via our SMART Patrol teams. The aim is to introduce the importance of protecting the environment and wildlife to children living and studying inside the Nature Reserves we're working to protect. In our first round of campaigning, 85 kids were presented with activities and presentations and introduced to conservation concepts. The hope is these kids will also take the message back to their families and become the next generation of hope.

While we increased our SMART Patrols by training 5 new team members, we also conducted capacity evaluation for 24 pre-existing local community patrol members. The capacity evaluation is to assess the performance of the smart patrol team and the achievements each team has achieved. It helps us develop our patrol methods to improve the capacity of the smart team.

20 individuals were involved in socialisation training. The purpose of socialisation is to help the public recognise which wild plants and animals are protected by law and aims to deter poaching.

As our approach is holistic, we'd also like to give a brief update on our wider programs which connect with our SMART Program. This year, a total of 189 farmers have been trained in organic farming with 36 new farmers participating in the last quarter. Through this program and since your donation was made, 712.2 kg of vegetables have been harvested.

We have also registered 92 people to join our literacy program and we've enrolled 18 people from the village of Engkangin to participate in our health teams.

If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to contact us via email. For frequent updates, come join the movement on our social media pages, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

From all of us at Planet Indonesia, we give our heartfelt thanks and hope you'll continue to support our mission.

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