• Mr. Franck Viault (Head of Cooperation), Ms. Marja Daffern (Deputy Head of Finance, Contracts and Audit) and Mr. Giovanni Serritella (Programme Manager for Environment, Climate change and FLEGT-VPA) of the EU Delegation to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN visited the base camp of the Elephant Patrol Unit (EPU), which is managed  and operated by LIF, at Aras Napal on Thursday, 16 April 2015. More

  • Seven of the world's rarest rhinoceroses have been found in a national park in Indonesia. This is the first time the creatures have been seen in 26 years. Deforestation is still pushing the Sumatran toward extinction.

    Hidden cameras buried deep in an Indonesian national park have snapped images of seven critically endangered Sumatran rhinos. The rhinos haven't been seen in more than a quarter of a century and conservationists had feared the Sumatran was extinct. But, six females and one male rhino are now known to live in the Mount Leuser National Park, which is on the northern tip of Sumatra. More

  • The Leuser Management Unit (LMU), while implementing the Leuser Development Programme (funded jointly by the EU and GoI), officially launched the Elephant Patrol Unit (EPU) in Aras Napal on 9 May 2000 and this was the first of its kind in Indonesia. More

  • The Conservation Response Unit (CRU) will mitigate human-elephant conflicts. This Unit has four trained elephants under the supervision of a mahout provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA). The project will support the initial cost for the infrastructure development of the CRU and also support its operational costs until 2016. The elephants will be supported and the local community will participate in monitoring wildlife conflicts and illegal forestry activities. More

  • Dr. Jamal Gawi, MES, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Leuser International Foundation, participated in a discussion on Tigers (Wildlife Protection Series) at @america Pacific Place in Jakarta on Wednesday, 1 October 2014. More


What steps are being taken by the LIF to promote the conservation of Leuser?

The LIF is currently undertaking the following initiatives :
• Generating greater awareness about the importance of the LE.
• Supporting the rehabilitation and restructuring activities in Aceh. This includes rehabilitating degraded areas through social forestry programs.
• Developing a broad constituency of support through networking with local NGOs, informal leaders, universities, the media etc.
• Resolving conflicting stakeholderships.
• Encouraging better law enforcement especially through the operation of the Elephant Patrol Unit , the Conservation Response Unit (CRU) and the Leuser Rhino Protection Unit (RPU).
• Participating in the revisions of local and regional spatial plans so as to include the conservation of the Leuser Ecosystem and to maximise the utilisation of its services.
• Supporting the development of human resources through training programs.
• Developing a new management system that includes a stronger role for locally based NGO's and the Leuser International Foundation.
Seeking potential donors to support conservation and other related programs in the Leuser Ecosystem area.
• Delineation of the area and appropriate zonation including the gazettement of new conservation areas.


What steps are being taken by the LIF to promote the conservation of Leuser?
How will the people of Aceh and North Sumatra directly benefit from the conservation of the Leuser Ecosystem ?
What actions were taken by LIF relating to the earthquake and tsunami disaster in NAD and North Sumatra?

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