• 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

    http://leuserfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=194:lif-participates-in-discussion-on-tigers&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=86

DR. JAMAL GAWI ADDRESSES PARTICIPANTS OF A DISCUSSION ON LEUSER ECOSYSTEM AT @AMERICA

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)

Details of the program can be viewed at:
http://www.atamerica.or.id/video/detail/1186/Presentation-More-Than-Trees-Leuser-Ecosystem

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