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The Executive Director of Belantara Foundation Visits the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and Askul in Japan to Introduce Belantara Foundation's Vision, Mission, and Programs.

Belantara Foundation's Executive Director, Ms. Sri Mariati attended a meeting with the CEO and officials of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and ASKUL in Japan to introduce the Belantara Foundation and its vision and mission.

Ms. Sri explained about the main focus of Belantara Foundation, which is to allocate grants to support the recovery, protection, and conservation of endangered species (especially Sumatran tigers, Sumatran elephants, Sumatran and Kalimantan orangutans), perform institutional development, and carry out community development and empowerment initiatives in conservation areas, production forests, protected forests and social forestries. Those are part of the Belantara Foundation's main programs in the ten (10) grant areas located in the five provinces of South Sumatra Province, Riau Province, Jambi Province, East Kalimantan Province and West Kalimantan Province.

A Multi-Stakeholder Approach is one way to run the Belantara Foundation's programs. With this approach, the Belantara Foundation can receive better information in making decisions on resource management issues. Because the Essential Ecosystem Zone (KEE) crosses the grant distribution areas, it requires a coordinated response between all stakeholders in managing and preserving critical ecosystems to be effective.

This meeting is expected to open cooperation opportunities between International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and ASKUL to deepen the impact that can be achieved in the Belantara Foundation's ten grant areas.