Sustainable Landscape Management Generates Social, Economic, and Environmental Benefits

In Indonesia, Aidenvironment Asia is managing sustainable landscape programs in Ketapang and Sambas, West Kalimantan, where we have established close working relationships with the district government, local communities, NGOs, and a large number of palm oil companies. Initiatives in Sumatra, Papua, and Java have demonstrated potential for scaling up. 

In recent years, large areas of land in Indonesia have been cleared and converted to agriculture, tree plantations, and mining. These developments have generated economic growth that benefits local populations, but they have also increased the pressures on the available land and water resources. These environmental pressures threaten not only the productivity of forest-based industries, such as palm oil, but also the livelihood of already vulnerable communities living on the edge of forest areas. Their livelihoods are further undermined by non-sustainable farming practices. Moreover, the distribution of forestry company land banks leaves local communities little room to develop and improve their livelihoods. The loss of such opportunities can in turn make local communities more dependent on extractive and exploitative forest-based industry.

Aidenvironment Asia is tackling these problems with stakeholders. We systematically analyze the causes and effects of non-sustainable practices and develop policies and programs that promote sustainable landscape management practices for adoption by communities, government, and the corporate sector.

We strongly believe in the potential of collaboration between the private sector, communities, and government. Our approach is therefore based on co-management. We design and implement programs that bring together companies and communities that are willing to jointly adopt a sustainable landscape management approach.

We actively support regional governments in developing and implementing spatial plans that balance private and public interests. We also support government initiatives that give communities more secure access to land, such as Social Forestry (PS) and Agrarian Reform (TORA), and initiative to establish essential ecosystem area (KEE) through technical assessment (HCV–HCS Mosaics) and wildlife corridor design and management.

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