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© Edy Susanto / Fauna & Flora

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Village forest conservation in Kerinci Seblat buffer zone

Project lead: Abdul Hadison

Fauna & Flora is working with local communities and the government to safeguard rural livelihoods and forest habitats in Kerinci Seblat National Park. This includes the habitat of important Indonesian species such as the Sumatran tiger. 

Our work in Kerinci Seblat National Park

Fauna & Flora is incentivising forest-edge communities to protect and sustainably manage high-conservation value forests with the support of the local government. This includes encouraging and supporting the establishment of community enterprises based around the sustainable use of non-timber forest products including kepayang oil and small-scale coffee.

As part of our efforts to help rehabilitate the degraded community village forest, we have supported the establishment of 18 tree nurseries, which have produced more than half a million seedlings. This village forest covers almost 4,500 hectares of lowland tropical forest, providing a vital habitat for threatened species including the Sumatran tiger and Malay tapir. Forming part of Batanghari watershed, the forest plays a critical role in providing local and regional water supplies.

Project goals

We aim to protect the habitat of critically endangered species by increasing the effectiveness of community-based forest management and improving community livelihoods through non-timber forest product production.

Our impact

We have successfully safeguarded over 70,000 hectares of forest, which represents important additional habitat for Sumatran tigers beyond the national park boundary.

Project partners

This project is delivered in partnership with Production Forest Management (KPHP), Kerinci Seblat National Park, Forest Management Unit (KPH), Nature Conservation Agency (BKSDA) Sumatran Tiger Patrol Team (TPCU), the Sumatran Tiger Monitoring Team (TMU), and the patrol team in social forestry areas. 


We are grateful for the financial support from the Disney Conservation Fund and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. 


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© Edy Susanto / Fauna & Flora

Abdul Hadison

Kerinci Seblat Landcape Programme Manager, Fauna & Flora Indonesia Programme