SUPPORT FOR THE LEUSER ECOSYSTEM (2005 – 2013)
(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