Yayasan Bersama Lestarikan Nusantara (“Yayasan Belantara”) is an Indonesian grant-making institution formed in 2014 with the goal of delivering wide-ranging community and conservation results. It takes its name from the Indonesian word ‘Belantara’ which means wilderness or pristine forest.
Belantara primary focus is to allocate grants to support restoration, protection, conservation of endangered species (specifically Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Elephant, as well as Sumatran and Bornean Orangutan), Institutional development, and community development and empowerment initiatives in Conservation Area, Production Forest, Protection Forest, and Social Forestry on the ten specified grant distribution areas across five provinces on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo).
Working with local communities, governments, the private sector and NGOs, Belantara relies on a multi-stakeholder approach to better inform decision-making when addressing resource management problems. As the Essential Ecosystem Areas (KEE) stretch across the grant distribution areas, a coordinated response between all stakeholders for the effective management and preservation of critical ecosystems is required.
As an independent foundation, Belantara aims to work with all parties that shares its goals, coordinating and collaborating with partner projects within each of its ten specified grant distribution areas. Belantara aims to ensure that existing initiatives are aligned, minimizing the risk of projects overlapping while maximizing information and data sharing.
Co-founder Asia Pulp and Paper significantly contributed in getting the Foundation off the ground, providing substantial financing. Additional financial resources are being raised from the public and private sectors, while investment de-risking initiatives will follow to achieve a more holistic scope of financing modalities.