Aceh is home to the highly biodiverse Leuser
Ecosystem, frequently referred to as the “Last Place on Earth.”
It 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 and
significant areas of peat soils that serve as important carbon sinks.
There are challenges present in the Aceh Landscape that require collective action. Earthworm works to leverage existing relationships with multinational consumer goods companies who source raw materials from these areas. These companies can prove highly effective in motivating suppliers to change their land use and supporting rural communities to identify alternative sources of income.
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
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.
Aceh is one of the key ecosystems where Earthworm Foundation works through its landscapes approach.
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