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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

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.

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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Community rights

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Resilient farmers

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Carbon impacts

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Our achievements

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 sponsors

  • Mars
  • Nestlé

Associated funders

  • Hershey
  • Musim Mas


  • Givaudan
  • The Clorox Company
  • Fuji Oil
  • Bunge
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Avril Group
  • ADM
  • Vandermoortele
  • Reckitt

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.

Our field team

Yulia Hardini

Acheh Landscape Lead

Kasraji Mustari

Landscape Field Coordinator

Mainul Sofyan

Social and Engagement Manager

Erik Rikto

Forest Manager

Tri Agus Sugiyanto

GIS Specialist

Ari Istanto

Livelihood Manager

Aceh is one of the key ecosystems where Earthworm Foundation works through its landscapes approach.

Key commodity in Aceh

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