The Leuser Ecosystem
The Leuser Ecosystem spans the provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Over 35 times the size of Singapore, this majestic and ancient ecosystem covers more than 2.6 million hectares of lowland rainforests, peat swamps, montane and coastal forests and alpine meadows.
Globally recognized as one of the richest expanses of tropical rainforest found anywhere in Southeast Asia, the Leuser Ecosystem is also one of Asia’s largest carbon sinks.
What We Do
FKL operates 26 Wildlife Protection Teams across the Leuser Ecosystem, patrolling 15 days every month tasked to protect key wildlife habitats and dismantle snares.
Restoration is a key aspect of FKL’s work in the Leuser Ecosystem, and plans to restore crucial areas such as wildlife corridors to ensure the future of the species are intact.
Research and Monitoring Station
The Leuser Ecosystem complex ecosystem and rich biodiversity is nature’s gift to the world and is one of the best places to conduct research.
Communities experience the biggest impact from environmental loss and disasters, thus it is crucial to empower them to protect the forest.
Forests nearby settlements are very prone to illegal forestry activities because of the ease of access, thus a need to increase monitoring presence in the area is important.
Human-wildlife conflict occurs very often, and mitigating the impact of the incidents will benefit both human and wildlife.
Since 2014, FKL has worked extensively to cut illegal oil palms, restore, and dismantle snares in the Leuser Ecosystem