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  • Awarded: 2010
  • Issue Areas: Arresting Deforestation · Economic Opportunity · Environmental Sustainability · Livelihoods · Ocean Ecosystems · Responsible Supply Chains · Standards · Sustainable Markets
  • Countries Served: Indonesia
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  • About the Organization

    Telapak is an Indonesian association of NGO activists, business practitioners, academics, media affiliates, and leaders of indigenous peoples, fishers, and farmers. Together they are working towards sustainability, sovereignty, and integrity.

    Their mission is to influence public policy on conservation, to establish community-driven natural resource management, and to stop the unprecedented rate of ecosystem destruction while involving the impoverished communities living in resource-rich areas.

    Telapak reveals the exploitation of natural resources and injustices against local and indigenous people, and conducts campaigns of resistance against illegal logging, corruption in the forestry sector, and the destruction of marine ecosystems. They use the data they gather to lobby for policy changes at local, national, and international levels.

    Further, Telapak facilitates the formation of cooperatives to sustainably manage forest resources, trains fishermen on sustainable fishing practices, and develops social enterprises that help advance its conservation objectives.

    Nearly two-thirds of Indonesia's massive greenhouse gas emissions come from illegal logging.

    Telapak engages communities to manage their own agro-forestry enterprises, providing economic incentive to sustain their forests.

    Telapak's founders saw community-based forest management as the means to end illegal logging and promote sustainable management of natural resources.

    Telapak’s community logging co-op model is being replicated by more than 50 communities across Indonesia.

    Ambition for Change

    Community-based forest management ends the scourge of illegal logging and results in sustainable management of natural resources.

    Path to Scale

    Demonstration and Replication

    Telapak promotes independent as well as supported replication.

    Business Model

    Funded by development assistance and philanthropy.

    Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto (Ruwi) and Silverius Oscar Unggul (Onte) are known as leaders in efforts to shift Indonesia from illegal logging to community-based logging. Ruwi co-founded Telapak in 1997, reporting on illegal logging in Indonesia’s national parks to raise awareness of the issue, both internationally and domestically. In 2006, Ruwi teamed with Onte, a community organization expert, to shift Telapak from raising awareness to rolling out solutions in the form of community-based sustainable resource management. Telapak was first organization in Southeast Asia to help achieve group certification for logging cooperatives. At the time of the Award, it was the only Indonesian organization employing a comprehensive cultural, economic and political approach — engaging communities to manage their own agro-forestry enterprises, which provides economic incentive to sustain their forests. The organization was prepared to replicate its model from a few pilot sites to millions of hectares across the Indonesian archipelago. In 2012, both Ruwi and Onte stepped down from their positions. Their successor as Telapak’s president, Khusnul Zaini, was a former minister of law and politics with the Indonesian government.

    Impact & Accomplishments

    • Telapak’s community logging co-op model is being replicated by more than 50 communities across Indonesia. Two have gained FSC certification, and more are in the process.
    • Where these co-ops operate, illegal logging has been reduced drastically, tree coverage increased significantly, and the welfare of the local community has improved.
    • The number of illegal sawmills in Sulawesi District has been reduced from 75 to zero.

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