Tropical Forest Conservation Action for Sumatra (TFCA Sumatra) is a program for the realization of the debt-for-nature swap scheme between the United States Government and the Government of Indonesia.
This could be used as an additional funding mechanism for the conservation of tropical forests in Indonesia. For this purpose, TFCA Sumatra has involved Conservation International-Indonesia (CI) and Yayasan Keanekaragaman Hayati Indonesia (Kehati) as Swap Partners. Yayasan Kehati has been appointed as the Secretariat for the TFCA Sumatra program.
TFCA-Sumatra has approved the funding of a tropical forest conservation program for implementation by the Leuser International Foundation (LIF) in the Singkil Swamp area (within the Leuser Ecosystem).
The signing of the grant agreement between Yayasan Kehati as the Administrator of TFCA Sumatra and Leuser International Foundation (YLI) for this Aceh Selatan-Singkil Strategic Area Protection Program for Sustainable Community-Based Conservation was done on February 24, 2011.
The objectives of this project are as follows:
1. To establish a clear land ownership system and assist the development of a forest protection system for Singkil Swamp.
2. To mitigate human-wildlife conflict and ensure the protection of biodiversity by reinforcing the status of the Singkil-Bengkung wildlife corridor.
3. To support community-based restoration of the area.
Photo taken at the signing of the TFCA grant agreement
(Abu Hanifah Lubis / YLI)