• 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

Officers of EU Delegation Visit Elephant Patrol Unit at Aras Napal in Langkat, North Sumatra

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.

They were accompanied by Dr. Jamal M. Gawi (Chairperson of LIF Board of Directors), Dr. Syahrul (Chairperson of the LIF Executive Committee) and Ms. Cut Dian (Person-in-charge of the EPU, environmental education and community development projects in Aras Napal). The purpose of this visit was to get to know a young elephant by the name of Aras, whose mother is part of the EPU team.  The EU officers are keenly interested in naming Aras as their mascotte and interacted directly with Aras, his mahout and three other elephants (Aini, Tanti and Dion).  They also had an elephant ride around Aras Napal.

 

The management of Aras Napal or Area 242 by LIF is part of  a cooperation between LIF and the North Sumatran Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BBKSDA) as the owner of this site.  The patrols conducted by the EPU into GLNP area are also made possible by this cooperation between LIF and BBTNGL.

The guests from EU plan to return to Aras Napal in the future to enjoy the natural beauty here.  They are pleased with the development and sustainability of the EPU at Aras Napal.  This EPU was established in 1999 with funds from EU through the Leuser Development Programme (1998-2004) implemented by LIF.  The management and operation of the EPU was later funded by MDF-World Bank through the Aceh Forest and Environment Project (AFEP) and later continued by ExxonMobil Oil Indonesia. The EU guests also expressed interest in other activities conducted by LIF in Aras Napal, which innclude environmental education, eco club jamboree and the establishment of community groups and women’s groups. It is our hope that LIF will be able to continue to develop Aras Napal, conduct patrols against illegal activities like poaching, encroachment and illegal logging and conserve the area with support from additional donors.

Elephant ride around Aras Napal

Cut Dian on behalf of LIF presents a souvenir to Mr. Frank Viault from EU Delegation to Indonesia

Members of EU Delegation to Indonesia and LIF team at Aras Napal

Getting to know Aras, the young elephant born at Aras Napal

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