In 2006, Ecolodges Indonesia (ELI) started our own Conservation Foundation. Initially, contributing US$10 from each visitor who booked through Ecosafari Indonesia, the company’s Tour and Travel Department.
Since then, we have built this into a fund of over USD $50,000 which was used successfully for:
To make an even greater impact in protecting and saving Indonesian nature and wildlife, Ecolodges Indonesia has recently completed the arduous process of establishing this entity as a certified legal Foundation in Indonesia - a government-endorsed charitable non-profit entity: The Indonesia Conservation Foundation – Our World (ICFOW).
To encourage, support and build partnering relationships between self-help community groups in Indonesia whereby they can network together in the area of conservation of their environment leading to increased health and prosperity.
And, with the support and assistance of Partners, to deliver world's best practice relief and development projects to needy communities based on mutual accountability, trust and respect.
Maximise our efforts to conserve Indonesia’s fauna and flora especially by providing sustainable employment to local communities around conservation areas through community empowerment, irrespective of nationality, race, gender, political conviction or religious belief.
With the rapid development of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020, the whole world has changed and the tourism industry decimated internationally. To help us survive, the unified and loyal staff of Ecolodges Indonesia have responded by taking significant wage cuts (up to 80%) as well as developing environmentally-focused, income-generating activities in each of our lodges.
These activities will not only have a deep environmental impact on the ground but assist in providing valued work and wage supplements so we can sustain this vital group of conservationists, keeping them together for the future reopening of our lodges when tourism regains momentum.
This is a crucial time for us. To fulfil our long term environmental goals we must survive these short term challenges and we need your help and support!
All Phase 1 programs have now been successfully completed. They were small but enabled us to gain confidence in accounting and implementation combining our Indonesian staff in Head Office (Bali) and all four lodge managers in Flores, Borneo and Sumatra with our Australian Board members through Zoom. We also have built up our Development Fund to fund Phase 2 programs.
We now move to Phase 2 and Phase 3 programs and need your continued help to commence the long road to restoring two vital Indonesian national parks.
If anyone wishes more information see Attachment below for Phase 1 programs or contact Gede Ori at email email@example.com for our most recent Donor Report.
Phase 2 programs
All PHASE 1 programs have been successfully completed under budget and surplus funds have been returned to the DEVELOPMENT FUND.
This has made us more confident to move into larger PHASE 2 programs.
We still need your help and will continue to do so for many months to come.
Thank you all donors.
One of the recent land purchases is one hectare next to Cottage C11 Kelimutu is suitable for cattle production. The pasture is suitable for fattening cattle. We intend to fence the area and purchase four steers for fattening and resale; we also wish to purchase a pregnant cow. With profits, we will establish a breeding herd. Budget Rp 35,000,000 (AUD 3,500).
Budget 35,000,000 (AUD 3,500)
Although staff at this lodge have a Phase 3 program (see below), a further injection of funds is necessary to add extra salary income and stability. We hope to inject a further Rp 20,000,000 (AUD 2,000) to purchase a special breed of breeding females, called RAMBON, for each staff family.
See the example photo of Rambon goat here.
Budget 20,000,000 (AUD 2,000)
Illegal fires in 2015 destroyed over 150,000 hectares of the TPNP. There was little support from the Government at any level.
The arrival of the monsoon rains saved the park, one of the few locations left where wild orangutans can be found.
A lodge staff fire protection unit was formed in 2016, led by Ucok Hakim, but was ill equipped.
We intend to upgrade this unit with good protective clothing, proper knapsacks, increased water equipment and transport into the bush.
The unit will work with the park authorities (see Program 3,1 below).
Budget 54,500,000 (AUD 5,400)
Funds are required for purchase of three binoculars, payment of fees to English Language and Bird trainers to extend the knowledge and capability of the two staff members who already have good preliminary knowledge (see Program 1.4). Budget will include binoculars and a second training course.
Budget for this activity is funded by the DEVELOPMENT FUND
This program is similar to 1.5 and will commence to mprove salaries of the Head Office staff.
The dedication of this group is amazing and they are essential to the implementation and monitoring of all our programs.
Fish production at Mbeliling and Rimba Ecolodge
A small fish program of mud fish (ikan lele) will be developed in tanks at Mbeliling and Rimba Orangutan Ecolodges.
The fish will be used for food by our staff and for sale to raise salaries.
The program will be funded by the DEVELOPMENT FUND
Budget IDR 4,000,000 (AUD 400)
Tree Planting program in the Tanjung Puting (Borneo) and Way Kambas (Sumatra) National Parks
We wish to have a permanent Tree Planting program in the Tanjung Puting (Borneo) and Way Kambas (Sumatra) National Parks to counter the enormous damage done by illegal fires caused by agricultural activities.
In 2015 the Tanjung Puting lost around 150,000 hectares of its 416,000 total.
We wish to develop a 15 hectare site in the south in the Sungai Buluh Besar area.
The cost of trees will be more expensive and initially, our financial target is 5,000 trees at $2 per tree, $10,000
The site in the Way Kambas National Park is under discussion with the Park authorities. We are looking for a site to plant up to 5,000 trees over three years.
Budget IDR 100,000,000 (AUD 10,000)
We are delighted to move into a new type of program funded by specific organisations. This indicates serious interest in the aims of our Foundation ICFOW to protect the livelihood of four communities in villages around our ecolodges who now know the importance of the environment to their futures.
We encourage other specific donors to become involved inn one of our programs or development a new program.
ALL FOR NATURE, a Netherlands travel agency, has donated around AUD 5,000, raised from clients, for the formation of a professional fire protection unit formed from the staff of our Satwa Sumatra Ecolodge. This involves all the staff and works closely with the staff of the Way Kambas National Park. This vital activity will be copied in program 2.3 above.
This program is now well underway using equipment purchased locally and the team has already faced and assisted to eliminate an illegal fire – see our recent report on our social media outlets https://www.facebook.com/EcolodgesIndonesia/
ICFOW works with poor communities on the edge of conservation areas aiming to give sustainable jobs through small businesses based on forest management and ecotourism and showing how vital the environment is to their future. We aim to protect these communities from some of the negative influences of poachers and palm oil operators.
In Program 3.2, partnership with World Relief Australia - ICFOW will :
(1) partner with local NGOs Karang Taruna (KT) and Alert as a source of tree seedlings, planting, managing and protecting trees. They will also organise all the labour.
(2) assist KT develop a Reforestation Training Centre in the village of Tanjung Harapan on the edge of the Tanjung Puting National Park (TPNP).
(3) plant, manage and protect 50,000 trees on 50 hectares in TPNP (416,000 hectares of which 130,000 hectares was burnt by illegal fires in 2015) and Way Kambas (WKNP 130,000 hectares in size) national parks
(4) establish a tented camp in the Sungei Buluh Besar area of Kalimantan, initially to house workers but then to house ecotourists to view their trees, or enjoy the wildlife in the area.
(5) create at least 30 sustainable jobs from the program taking the activities into the future
(6) employ some of the key and relevant staff of ELI in the program thereby assisting in the survival of this vital conservation group into the future.
(7) assist at least two Australian companies with their Environmental Sustainability Management Plan (ESMP) giving meaning to their aim to move towards carbon neutral status. We will relate the number of trees planted to tons of carbon used by the company in power, fuel and other polluting activities.
Key Areas of Investments
For DONATE, Visit our official pages on our website https://ecolodgesindonesia.com/conservation-foundation/ with guidelines how to donate.
We need your support to protect this vital group of conservationists around key Indonesian national parks.
We use these funds strategically to support programs, develop new activities and ensure that we are doing everything we can to fulfil our environmental missions in alignment with our core values.
All funds unspecified are placed in this program and will be allocated according to the foundation committee. New funds will be needed for Phase 2 programs which will begin very soon.
We currently have three options for making donations to our programs. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your payment details for tax receipts.
Bank: CIMB NIAGA
Name of Account: YAYASAN KONSERVASI INDONESIA BUMI KITA
Account Number: 800166348000
Bank Swift Code: BNIAIDJA
Bank Address: Jalan M.H. Thamrin 77, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia 80119
Tel: +62 361 436047
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Please select one of the Programmes listed above and follow the simple and secure procedure.
The Kelimutu Crater Lakes Ecolodge is one of our most beautiful lodges with 28 staff all living in the village of Moni. Under strong local management they have all taken massive cuts in their wages. Our aim with this program is to achieve a second income stream for our staff to keep this loyal and dynamic group together.
Program 1.1 has had some income form rice, cloves and vegetable sales. This has all been returned to the staff.
The short-term crop system will continue. The first of the long-term programs, cattle production will commence shortly as Phase 2.1
This program is now independent as now income can pay all wages of staff employed in the program.
PROGRAM SUMMARY: The staff of this lodge are a very compact unit from the surrounding village. The lodge is on the edge of one of the most important parks in Indonesia with Elephants, Rhinos and Tigers still wild in the area. It is in our company interests to develop an extra income earning activity to assist their wages and maintain this beacon of conservation in the area.
We wish to purchase nine or ten goats including a breeding male, fatten them for five months for resale at an optimum time. Such funds would be used to augment salaries and purchase more goats and thus develop a goat farm over time including breeding. Five families from our staff would have the responsibility to look after one -two goats.
The funds will be returned from sales into a revolving fund to assist payment of future development.
COMPLETED and a breeding herd will be developed in Phase 2
Continue our long-standing program with Tanjung Puting National Park (TPNP) and the NGO Karang Tarunia based in Tanjung Harapan village. This will be be phase 1 of a long-term planting program which will also act as a monitor for poaching in the park. We wish to involve 10 of our staff many of whom are already members of Karang Taruna. The first area will be 2 hectares at 1000 trees/hectare.
Funds are required for tree production and purchase, wages for 10 of our staff plus some rangers of the park, transport to the area by boat and motorcycle.
Surplus funds will be transferred to Program 2.3
We have completed two hectares with 2,000 trees but still under budget.
The funds will be returned from sales into a revolving fund to assist payment of future development.
PROGRAM SUMMARY: The Mbeliling Mountain Ecolodge is situated on the edge of a unique bird protected area which is under threat. The main aim of this lodge is to try and be a beacon of conservation in this vital area, which is also the water source for the port and tourist city of Labuan Bajo.
We wish to train our staff in the importance of conservation and one method is to develop bird guides among our staff. Three of our staff including the manager are very keen and we wish to develop a bird guide training program using Sam Rabenak (with 17 years with Birding Indonesia).
Funds are required for the accommodation and fees of the trainers (Rp 11,000,000), binoculars (Rp 6,000,000) and stipends for the trainees (3,000,000) during the course to augment their salaries. An administration fee of 12.5% is added for Central Office organisation.
COMPLETED and will be expanded as program 2.4
PROGRAM SUMMARY: The staff of our Central Office are vital for the continuation of our company Ecolodges Indonesia. They already have sacrificed large amounts of their wages, so that enough funds could be spread out among the rest of staff in four lodges. This program wishes to protect the health, nutrition, and enthusiasm of this vital, dedicated, and loyal group.
Funds are required monthly for the next fifteen months and if you would like to donate a small amount monthly, it would help. We hope to raise around Rp 4,000,000 per month (around AUD $420)
No funds have been used and will be transferred to program Phase 2.5 The Head Office intend to use some of the funds to commence some needed salary additions.