• 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




The earthquake and tsunami of December 2004 devastated Aceh's society, economy, infrastructure, and institutions, especially on the province's west and north coasts. Along this narrow coastal belt, communities and agricultural lands lie directly adjacent to protected forests flanking spectacular mountain ranges. These forested areas include the Leuser Ecosystem in the south, and the Ulu Masen Forest Complex in the north. Even within Indonesia - a recognised mega-diversity country - the forests of Aceh are unique, comprising the largest remaining contiguous forested area (3.3 million ha) with the richest assemblage of biodiversity in South East Asia, including tigers, elephants, rhinos, orangutans and the unique Rafflesia flower.
Fortunately many Acehnese are proud of their magnificent forests and wish to see them preserved. These forests must be conserved not only for their intrinsic and cultural values but also because they provide essential life-supporting ecological services that will sustain Aceh's recovery, development and future prosperity.

Life-supporting ecological services provided by Aceh's forests

1. Domestic, agricultural and industrial water supplies for millions of Acehnese.
2. Environmental security through natural disaster (flood, landslide, drought) mitigation.
3. Healthy river fisheries support local economies and provide a significant source of protein.
4. Rich biodiversity serving as a mega gene pool with potential applications for the socio-economic advancement of the region.
5. Local and global climate regulation.
6. Carbon sequestration

With the effective conservation and improved legal status of these forest areas, AFEP aims to create and sustain the largest biodiversity corridor in South East Asia.

Through the inception of the Aceh Forest and Environment Project (AFEP) both the Indonesian Government and the international community have acknowledged the high value of Aceh's forests. Recognising that poorly planned infrastructure development and the demand for reconstruction building materials has the potential to cause irreversable damage to these forests, it is the goal of AFEP to ensure that environmental concerns are integrated into Aceh's planning and reconstruction processes. The LIF received a grant from the Multi Donor Fund (MDF) totaling US$ 9.81 million in order to implement AFEP activities in the Leuser Ecosystem area. The project will run for a period of 4.5 years, ending in December 2010.


Primary objectives of AFEP
1. Mitigating the negative environmental impacts of reconstruction activities on Aceh's forests.
2. Improving the livelihoods of millions of Acehnese by ensuring that forest ecosystem services are maintained, supporting Aceh's  future social and economic development.
3. Building the capacities of Government forest management institutions.
4. Developing the basis for a conservation economy through sustainable financing solutions.

AFEP adopted strict anti-corruption policies. An Anti-Corruption Action Plan (ACAP) , including a dedicated complaints handling hotline (08126076333) and email address ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) ensured that the project was accountable to the general public.


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