Dr. Jamal M. Gawi, Chairperson of the LIF Board of Directors, was one of the key speakers at a discussion entitled “More than Trees: Leuser Ecosystem” held by the US Embassy in their @america program at Pacific Place Mall in Jakarta on 12 February 2015. Other speakers included US Ambassador Robert Blake, Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah, and Farwiza Farhan from HAKKA NGO.
In his presentation, focused on Leuser Friendly Development, Dr. Jamal Gawi stressed the importance of conserving the Leuser Ecosystem (LE) for its rich biodiversity and life support system. He said that factors inhibiting the protection of the Leuser Ecosystem included trade off between conservation and development, weak law enforcement and mounting pressure and conflicts. There was also forest degradation and wildlife poaching. To solve some of the problems in the Leuser Ecosystem area, Dr. Jamal Gawi suggested conserving important areas and allowing local communities to have access to sustainable livelihood activities within the LE. It is also important to prepare sustainable spatial plans, mainstream Leuser, and seek for alternative economic/livelihood activities, Dr. Jamal Gawi added.
From left to right: Dr. Jamal M. Gawi (LIF), Malik Mahmud (Wali Nanggroe Aceh), Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah, Ambassador Robert Blake, and Farwiza Farhan (HAKKA)
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