The bird friend coffee certification has been introduced for Sumatra Gayo arabica coffee in Aceh, Indonesia. Supported by Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co Boston USA, our foundation has introduced and planted four species of bird friendly trees as shading (10,000 trees in total) on the coffee farmer members of Gayo Lauser Antara cooperative (KGLA) in district of Aceh Tengah.
The distribution of 10,000 hard-wood cash crop trees through the women farmers group in Samarkilang region of Gayo highland of Aceh, Sumatra, has reached the planting stage. This project includes women empowerment through training of Arenga palm sugar production and marketing. The project is funded by Permata Group.
IRI Indonesia - LIF partnership held an online discussion on the importance of customary forests and indigenous groups in protecting and managing their forests.
(2 June 2023).
It is to inform with great sorrow that one of the advisor of our foundation has passed away on the afternoon of 26 May 2023. “Surely we are Allah’s and indeed to Him we are returning”.
LIF in cooperation with PKSL USK, and Aceh Birder Community hosted a workshop to discuss the results of the bird survey in coffee plantation areas in Bener Meriah that identified 65 species of birds, of which 16 species are not protected. Legislations that offer protection are needed from the central, and regional governments down to the village level. (21 November 2022)
With the support and partnership with Permata Hijau Group’s sustainable development programme, Leuser International Foundation managed to develop nursery and planted 8,000 trees on the 47 ha of degraded land to improve ecosystem of Sumatra Gayo coffee plantation in Tingkem area, Bener Meriah district, Aceh Province.
LIF hosted FGDs to collect opinion & suggestions from Bappeda, Agricuture and Plantation Dinas, Land Department and representatives from governments of Aceh Tengah and Bener Meriah regarding the critical land restoration activities at Gayo Highland agroforestry (July 2022).
LIF’s R&D Director, Renaldi Safriansyah, and Wildlife Biologist, Dr. Joe J. Figel will present at the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) International Conference held by AIFIS and Michigan State University. Their speech on “Human-Megafauna Conflict and Mitigation in Aceh, Indonesia”. The panel session will be held virtually on June 23, 2022, from 5.40 to 7.40 PM PST
LIF goes to campus 2022: In cooperation with Mahagapa (Nature Lovers Student Association), LIF successfully held a seminar on strategy and mitigation for human-wildlife conflict in Aceh Province. The seminar took place in University of Gajah Putih Takengon, Aceh tengah on Saturday, May 28th, 2022. The seminar was attended by the rector, members of Mahagapa, and students of Gajah Putih University.
LIF goes to campus 2022: LIF Research & Development Director, Renaldi Safriansyah and Biologist Dr. Joe J. Figel delivered a public lecture in front of academicians and students at the university of Abulyatama, Aceh on June 23, 2022. The lecture brought a topic on “Green Economic and Sustainable Development” and took place at the auditorium faculty of business and economics.
LIF goes to campus 2022 held seminars and public lectures across the university in Aceh including UNIMAL, UNAYA, UGP, UIN Ar-raniry, and UMUHA. The program aims to provide insights into different environmental issues that impact our lives and how science and policies can help. Discussions with lectures and students took place in a variety of contexts, including ecosystem services, wildlife protection, human-wildlife conflict, and climate change.
LIF, with funding from the Dr. Holly Reed Conservation Fund of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA), conducts tiger monitoring and conflict mitigation in Aceh. This is part of a participatory science-based tiger conservation program that includes population monitoring, prey recovery, and cost-effective resolution of human-tiger conflict (March, 2022)
Leuser International Foundation and Janine Grant Consulting organizing a regional webinar about “How Huma-Wildlife Conflict Affects Conservation Efforts in ASEAN”. Learning from the experts of wildlife conservation and discussing the solution for sustainable life. Wednesday, 9 February 2022. 09.00 AM Jakarta Time.
Leuser International Foundation and Janine Grant Consulting organizing a webinar about “The Root Causes of Human-elephant Conflict in Aceh and Natural-Based Solutions” advocating natural-based solutions to prevent HEC and protect critically endangered Sumatran Elephant Wednesday, 2 February 2022. 10.00 – 11.30 AM Jakarta Time.
LIF has restarted its Environmental Education Program in the new year of 2022. The program aims to educate students in early childhood and their teachers on the importance of forest protection, biodiversity, and environmental services of the Leuser ecosystem. In this first phase, 20 schools including kindergartens in Langkat district of North Sumatra benefited from learnings through face-to-face and fun teaching classes, photos, and posters.
Leuser International Foundation in cooperation with TFCA - CRU Aceh, and Aceh’s Environmental and Forestry Dinas (DLHK) socialized alternative crops which are non-palatable and low risk from the raiding by wild elephant to key stakeholders. The socialization event which took place at DLHK Aceh attended by representatives from CRU Aceh, DLHK, BKSDA, BAPPEDA, Agriculture and Plantation Dinas, and several local NGOs (December 22, 2021).
Leuser International Foundation with support from Permata Hijau Group (PHG) has recently launched a land restoration project by planting eight thousand trees on degraded land around Gayo arabica coffee plantation working with Tigkem community in Bener Meriah, Gayo highland Aceh Province, Indonesia. (04th Nov, 2021)
LIF donated a trail bike and three binoculars to Conservation Response Unit (CRU) DAS Peusangan to support the transportation and visualization aspects of the CRU operation in conservation of wild elephants and habitat (24th July, 2021).
LIF team undertaken field study on human elephant conflict (HEC) in Aceh Province. The study is dedicated to support the advisory on pro-elephant development and planning policies.
LIF's enumerator interviews farmers to identify non-palatable crops to elephants as part of project Implementation of urgent action plan to save sumatran elephant population in Aceh, Supported by CRU Aceh & TFCA Consortium, 2021.
On Aug 4th, 2020 Leuser International Foundation (LIF) received award from Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry for contributing to the conservation and wildlife protection in the Leuser Ecosystem from 1998 to 2020.
The Sumatra Gayo highland is not only famous for its huge Arabica coffee plantation in Indonesia, but also it is the home for birds diversity. Supported by Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co, our team has completed half way of birds diversity survey around coffee plantations in Bener Meriah District of Gayo and found more than 70 birds species calling, singing, feeding and perching around the coffee farms.
In partnership and supported by Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co, the foundation managed to rehabilitate and reconstruct One Kilometer of community water piping system which included water in-take and water distribution tanks for Sumatra Gayo coffee farmers residence in Kenawat Redelong, Bener Meriah, Aceh province. The project benefited to 250 villagers (70 households), water access to coffee farms, public facilities including baths and cemetery.
LIF and Centre of Wildlife Studies in Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Syiah Kuala University, Aceh Indonesia have agreed to work in partnership to strengthen wildlife conservation in Aceh Province and Sumatra. The MOU was signed on November 15th 2019.
LIF supported by PT. Venamon Shoes, Bandung distributed 8 pairs of boots for the Mahouts in CRU Peusangan located in Pintu Rime, Bener Meriah, Aceh Province.
The Conservation Response Unit (CRU) is managed by Natural Resources and Conservation Agency (BKSDA) and supported by Aceh environment and forest service (DLHK) and some private donors.
LIF in partnership with Dean’s Beans Coffee Co from Boston USA, have successfully developed and planted more than 11,000 local hardwood trees around the Arabica coffee farms area in Gayo, the province of Aceh, Sumatra Indonesia.
Please use the information below to make a donation by bank transfer:
Account Name: Yayasan Leuser Internasional
Account No: 3230-203-224 (in Rupiah) and 3230-203-712 (in USD)
Name of Bank: Bank Negara Indonesia
Swift code: BNINIDJA