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Balancing production, forest conservation, sustainable livelihoods, and good social and labour practices at scale

Balancing production, forest conservation, sustainable livelihoods, and good social and labour practices at scale

Aceh, Indonesia

The Aceh landscape, which includes two focal areas (Aceh Tamiang and Southern Aceh), is home to the highly biodiverse Leuser Ecosystem, frequently referred to as the “Last Place on Earth.” This is indeed the last place on Earth where orangutans, tigers, elephants, and rhinoceros are found to coexist. The Leuser Ecosystem is also home to some of the world’s last old-growth tropical forests, as well as signifi- cant areas of peat soils that serve as important carbon sinks. All of this,

however, is being lost at an alarming rate due to increasing agricultural commodity expansion, mainly oil palm and rubber. As more forests and peatlands are lost, more carbon enters the atmosphere, further complicating the global fight against climate change. Aceh is one of the poorest provinces in Indonesia, and frequently people in the rural communities located in and around the Leuser Ecosystem clear forest to plant oil palm and rubber as a quick and easy source of income.

Key objectives (by 2025)

Forest protection & restoration

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Government Support & Capacity Building

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Rural Workers & Families

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Supply chain transformation

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Communities Rights

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Resilient Farmers

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Carbon impacts

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Our impacts to date

Saw reduced deforestation in the Aceh Tamiang focal area by 66% and in the Southern Aceh focal area by 67% between 2016 and 2019

Directly impacted 2,095 households through Participatory Conservation Plans in 5 forest-frontier villages, training 245 people

Developed, with the District Government, a Collective Action Plan to improve worker conditions, covering 36 plantations and 10 mills. 3,000+ workers covered by No Exploitation agreements with companies


Lead sponsor

Lead sponsor

Associated funders

  • Hershey
  • Reckitt


  • Vandermoortele
  • Avril Group
  • Givaudan
  • PZ Cussons
  • Bunge
  • Fuji Oil
  • The Clorox Company
  • Colgate-Palmolive

Additional supporters

  • Golden Agri-Resources (GAR)
  • Musim Mas

Our work is supported by:

Civil society
Engaging local actors, providing capacity building and training and facilitating multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Providing the human resources and operational framework to support the protection of forests and protected areas.

The private sector
Implementing NDPE commitments in their supply chains & participating in landscape-level transformation activities.