The TFCA is an initiative by the US Government, the Government of Indonesia, the KEHATI Foundation, and Conservation International (CI). This was formalized on 30 June 2009 to redirect the payment of Indonesian debt to the US Government into a trust fund to support activities that assist tropical forest conservation, protection, restoration, as well as in developing practices of more sustainable uses of natural resources. Through the TFCA Sumatra scheme, the US government agreed to forego Indonesian debt repayment of 30 million USD, with in return there being funding support provided to conservation NGOs for a period of eight years. Under the agreement, CI Indonesia and the KEHATI Foundation have also agreed to provide matched funds of 1 million USD, towards the support of project implementation. Therefore the TFCA is to be considered a subsidized debt-for-nature swap, which is the first of its kind in Indonesia and the biggest debt for nature swap scheme by the US government for supporting environmental conservation initiatives.
The OIC is working in consortium with the Sumatran Rainforest Institute (SRI), another local NGO, towards the development and management of a landscape level conservation initiative of the Langkat Karo block of the Leuser Ecosystem in the province of North Sumatra. The programme seeks to improve the collaborative efforts of key stakeholders through facilitating the establishment of integrated management policies that support the sustainable management of the Leuser Ecosystem, at the government (provincial and district), private sector, and community levels.
Our TFCA project has four main activity components:
- Institutional strengthening for collaborative forest management in the Karo Langkat block of LE
This component will focus on building the processes for collaborative roles that work best for key stakeholders for the management of LE, based on strategic plans to be outlined by each party. This will also encourage the active participation of local communities in the conservation and protection efforts, and assist the law enforcement process for forestry related crimes in the region.
- Strengthening of private sector participation in the conservation of Karo Langkat block of LE.
This component will work to ensure the conservation of the region through active participation of the private sector in implementing more sustainable practices and preventing further deforestation of the LE.
- Forest restoration and habitat protection, with a focus on potential corridors for the connectivity of natural habitats for key species in the Karo Langkat block of LE
This component will aim at protecting landscapes that have potential status as wildlife corridors, through developing a community patrol system initiative, as well as in restoring degraded forest in the GLNP, Tahura Bukit Barisan (great forest area), and two TWA (nature park) areas.
- Improvement of local economic development through intensification of sustainable agriculture practices.
This component will focus on implementing sustainable agricultural/agroforestry practices in an effort to reduce encroachment and pressure on the LE.
Masrizal Saraan, OIC Program Manager, has awarded a Professional Development Grantee by WWF-EFN to attend the World Ranger Congress 2016 in Colorado, USA from May 11st to 27th. This event [...]
Fighting for Sumatra’s forests and orangutans “The future is fine,” Panut Hadisiswoyo jokes, from a timezone 11 hours ahead of the U.S. East Coast. “Don’t worry.” Hadisiswoyo is working tirelessly [...]
23 forest rangers of Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP) and 10 selected local community members from Langkat district join a forest patrol training organised by OIC in collaboration with TFCA [...]
The Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) has recently published and launched a book entitled “Field Guideline to Forest Ecosystem Restoration”. This book, written in bahasa Indonesia, talks about OIC’s practical experiences [...]
The OIC is going to launch a book entitled “Panduan Lapangan RESTORASI EKOSISTEM HUTAN TROPIS INDONESIA”
With support from TFCA Sumatra and WWF International, the OIC is going to launch a book entitled “Panduan Lapangan RESTORASI EKOSISTEM HUTAN TROPIS INDONESIA” on 30 January 2015 at Menara [...]
Macaranga, locally known as Mahang comprises of 300 species, making it one of the largest genus of the Euphorbiaceae family. This plant is found throughout Indonesia. Macaranga plants have a [...]
Conservation Drones Tackling deforestation and protecting orangutans with drones in Indonesia. The orangutan is the only great ape found outside Africa but the species native to Sumatra is critically endangered. [...]
After 4 months of phenology observation in primary forest adjacent to our restoration site, this month is said to be the peak of the fruit season in the primary forest [...]
A female Sumatran serow (Capricornis sumatrensis) that was trapped by a poacher has been recently rescued by the OIC patrol team. The OIC patrol team was conducting regular patrol in [...]
Fantastic..!!! We get a picture of a Sumatran Elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus), Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii), Leopard Cat (Felis bengalensis) and the enigmatic Sunda Clouded Leopard (Neofelis diardi diardi) in [...]
The trees was planted in October 2012 with the support of TFCA Sumatra.
We get pictures of Sumatran Elephant on our camera traps
HOT NEWS : Two critically endangered species; The footage of Sumatran Elephant mother with her baby and a male Sumatran Orangutan were captured in the OIC restoration site in Gunung [...]
The Community Forest Patrol Team, consisting of Forest Rangers of Gunung Leuser National Park (GNLP) and the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) Rangers, arrested two illegal fish catchers who used electricity [...]
The Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) has established five community patrol teams in an effort to safeguard Karo-Langkat block of Leuser Ecosystem from any illegal activities such as illegal logging, poaching, [...]
OIC CONSORTIUM FORMS LOCAL COMMUNITY BASED FOREST PATROL TEAM TO PROTECT 112.000 Ha LEUSER ECOSYSTEM AREA
One of the mandate of regulation number 41 on 1999 about forestry at 48 article 5 paragraph is To unsure the implementation of forest protection properly, the local community is [...]
The Development of Collaborative Protection and Conservation Programme for Langkat Karo block of Leuser Ecosystem (LE) in North Sumatra The TFCA is an initiative by the US Government, the Government [...]