• 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




(ExxonMobil Oil Indonesia)


When the proposal to support the Leuser Ecosystem was first submitted to ExxonMobil in 2004, there was a real risk that the work done over the eleven preceding years by the Leuser International Foundation (LIF) could be drastically reversed and that the Leuser Ecosystem, especially its lowland forests and its rare and charismatic species, would be lost forever. ExxonMobil stepped in at a highly critical time and in 2005 gave the Leuser International Foundation (LIF) some breathing space to protect the ecosystem, to strengthen its conservation constituency, and to seek much more significant funding that would support the conservation of Leuser in the years ahead.

With this support from ExxonMobil, the LIF, which had been striving to protect the Leuser Ecosystem through many difficult years, was able to continue to strive for its mission to ensure a better future, both for Aceh’s forests and the millions of people who rely on them.


Protection data from surveys were gathered and analyzed in the GIS section. The forest protection system was implemented and improved with the involvement of patrol teams and local communities.  The Project  Implementation Body was able to operate and recruit the necessary support staff for field and office operations. Funding proposals were submitted to potential donors and one of the projects approved was the Aceh Forest and Environment Project (AFEP), funded by Multi Donor Fund through World Bank, which started in 2006.  When AFEP was in progress many LIF staff were paid by this project.  Another project, The Programme for Watershed Protection in Aceh (funded by NZAID) started in 2009.  Thus, the ExxonMobil funding had been used to cover an important funding gap until longer-term funding could be obtained.

To this day, ExxonMobil has continued to support environmental and community development activities in the Leuser Ecosystem through smaller short-term (yearly) projects.


Socialization of Model Conservation Village Program in 2008


An assessment survey in indicated that the Aras Napal 242 Area has potential for

ecotourism development through tracking, outbond, and bird watching activities



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