• 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


Leuser Ecosystem

The Leuser Ecosystem is named after the next highest mountain in Sumatra, namely Mount Leuser (3,404 m). Leuser origins from the Gayo word Leusoh meaning “covered by clouds”. Another meaning of the word is “the last wildlife paradise”.  The Leuser Ecosystem constitutes the third largest tropical rainforest complex in the world, after the Amazon forest in Brazil and the Zaire forest in Africa. Located in the northern part of the Sumatran island, authoritatively this area belongs to the provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra.


The Leuser Ecosystem covers an area of 2,634,874 hectares. The bigger part is located in Aceh (2,255,577 hectares) and the rest in North Sumatra (384,297 hectares). The area stretches over 13 districts including 875 villages in Aceh and 4 districts including 128 villages in North Sumatra.The Leuser Ecosystem landscape consists of a wide range of habitats including beaches, swamps, rivers, lowlands, highlands and mountains covered in clouds. Leuser is unique as it is the only ecosystem in the world where five rare wildlife species live side by side in the same region, i.e. the Sumatran Elephant (Elephas maximus), the Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatranus), the Sumatran Tiger (Phantera tigris sumatrae), the Malayan Sunbear (Helarctos malayanus) and the Sumatran Orang-utan (Pongo abelii).

The Leuser Ecosystem is also rich of rare plants such as the tallest flower in the world (Amorpophalus titanium), the largest flower in the world (Rafflesia atjehensis) and the giant palm (Johannesteijsmania altifrons). Besides these, thousands of plant varieties including moss, fungus, ferns, orchids and various giant three species grow affluently in the Leuser forest. Because of its richness in biodiversity, this forest compound has a special attractiveness and is famous worldwide.  The Mount Leuser National Park (TNGL) has been recognised as a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO. 


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