• 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 actions were taken by LIF relating to the earthquake and tsunami disaster in NAD and North Sumatra?

Only two days after the tsunami struck, the LIF chartered a flight in order to conduct a damage assessment of Aceh's west coast. Without any guidance or prior information, the LIF assessment team flew to Singkil. From there, seeing that the area was spared, the plane headed north along the coast and it soon became obvious that this was ground zero, the most devastated of all areas. The mission stopped at Calang due to bad light, but even recognising that they were at Calang required precise knowledge of the local landscape. There was nothing left of the town and the only sign of life was a small group of survivors that had managed to run for higher ground and who waved desperately at the plane, as it circled over what once had been a prosperous town. The information gathered from this mission proved invaluable; the video footage was given to CNN and ITV who then broadcast it to the world. This LIF footage allowed the world to see that the west coast of Aceh was indeed the worst affected of all areas and must have been an essential tool for all groups, large and small, planning their recovery strategies.

The LIF was there when the tsunami hit Banda Aceh, fortunately, the LIF office withstood the impact and no staff were killed. Unfortunately however, family members and friends of LIF staff were counted among the victims. Two car loads of critical supplies (water, fuel and generators) were immediately sent from Medan to Banda Aceh. Although small, these supplies saved lives and gave the LIF time to organise further, more substantial deliveries. Within a week after the tsunami, the LIF and Pompiers sans Frontiers had established a camp for IDP at Lhok Nga, home to desperate survivors, struggling to survive in the tsunami's aftermath. This was a first of many initiatives (distribution of relief materials including aquaboxes in Aceh and Nias and clean water in Aceh).

Further degradation to the LE will ultimately result in a decline in agricultural production and industrial output.


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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