WWF-Indonesia - Our solutions

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Mahout feed Sumatran elephants, part of the WWF-initiated flying squad team. The team intervenes to stop wild elephants from venturing into human settlements. Human-wildlife conflict is increasing as a result of clearing of natural forests, the elephants' home, for oil palm plantations. Riau, Sumatra, Indonesia. March 20, 2006.
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The ultimate conservation rescue mission for Indonesia's biodiversity

From a small project to bring back the Javanese rhino from the brink of extinction in the early 60s, to a nation-wide, multi-disciplinary presence today, WWF is at the forefront of efforts to manage Indonesia’s most severe environmental problems.
As one of the WWF Network’s National Organizations, WWF-Indonesia has set up 3 bioregion offices, namely the Sundaland, Wallacea, and Sahul offices, to implement conservation projects in important centers of biodiversity identified as Global 200 ecoregions. Nineteen of these ecoregions are within Indonesia’s political boundaries.
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What are the problems?
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Climate Change and Energy Programme

Rising sea levels, increasing frequency of El Niño, coral reef bleaching, carbon dioxide emitted from burning rainforests, industrialization… climate change in Indonesia is a very real threat, with potentially serious impacts on ecosystems, people and the economy.

Since 2001, WWF has been tackling these problems through the Climate and Energy Programme, which focuses on:

Forests Programme

As demand for Indonesia’s timber and other commodities continues to destroy the nation’s remaining rainforests, WWF is working to reduce illegal logging, promote responsible management and certification of forests, and restore degraded forest areas.

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A quest for good palm oil and pulp wood

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Monoculture plantation, New Guinea, surrounded by natural forest.
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Palm oil and wood pulp are booming businesses. At the same time, they are causing deforestation and forest degradation, with a range of ecological, social and economic impacts.
In Indonesia, WWF’s efforts include:
  • Promoting smarter palm oil and pulp wood production  by cooperating with companies and communities  to protect High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) and implement Better Management Practices (BMPs).

    As part of this effort, WWF is seeking to reduce the conflict between wildlife and people. For example, conflicts arise when elephants are being displaced from their natural habitat to make space for plantations.

    When there are no forests anymore, the animals enter agricultural land and plantations looking for food, causing a direct threat to the people in these areas. Moreover, elephants often damage crops, which leads to retaliation by local people .
  • Engaging the finance sector so that investments do not flow to  companies that do not adopt better management practices.
  • Spreading awareness and knowledge  on issues of sustainability and HCVF through training, workshops, and communications materials.

Marine Programme

To offset the impacts of overfishing, destructive fishing, exploitation of endangered marine species and climate change, WWF-Indonesia has deployed a range of approaches to ensure a responsible use of oceans and coastal environments.

At the national level, we work at site level, ecoregional level and at national level.In the process, we develop management capacity of key partners through targeted training and joined implementation of fisheries monitoring and project management.

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Species Programme

WWF-Indonesia has been working to save the Java and Sumatra rhinoceros since the early 1960s.

We now aim to ensure the survival of populations of Javan and Sumatran rhino, Sumatran tiger, Sumatran elephant, orangutan, marine turtles, and cetaceans, as well as to ensure sustainable use of tree species such as gaharu (eaglewood) and ramin (a valuable timber species much prized for furniture making) in Indonesia.

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