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 speci ed grant distribution areas across ve 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 s the ssential 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 ith partner pro ects ithin each of its ten speci ed grant distribution areas elantara aims to ensure that existing initiatives are aligned, minimizing the risk of projects overlapping while maximizing information and data sharing. Co-founder sia ulp and aper signi cantly contributed in getting the oundation off the ground, providing substantial nancing dditional nancial resources are being raised from the public and private sectors, hile investment de-risking initiatives will follow to achieve a more holistic scope of nancing modalities. Fundamentally, Belantara fully supports the focus and priority initiatives of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of government of ndonesia To be speci c, elantara supports the Development of Large-Scale Ecosystem Conservation in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
To do so, in 2014 Belantara initiated a creation of Belantara’s Guideline document, which involved a consortium of private sector groups, government and NGO stakeholders during its development process. The main objective of the Belantara's guideline document is to align conservation activities carried out by multiple stakeholders. The Belantara’s Guideline, which is a multi-stakeholder action plan serves as a supporting guideline for partner groups implementing projects within the specified grant distribution areas,
creates an enabling environment for building consensus and capacity among stakeholders, and seeks to ensure that the initiatives in the ecosystem collectively support an environmentally, socially, culturally, and economically sustainable ecosystem. The Belantara’s Guideline document promotes the Multi- stakeholders approach for a sustainable ecosystem management, identifies ten specified grant distribution areas based on a designed set of criteria, and outlines a number of activities and programs in support of ecosystem strategies relevant to the ecosystems.