Indonesia: Forest conservation and sustainable livelihoods, Papua

  • Photo: YAPPENDA

    Indonesia: Forest conservation and sustainable livelihoods, Papua

  • Photo: YAPPENDA

    Indonesia: Forest conservation and sustainable livelihoods, Papua

In Brief

Conservation Value:

Tanah Papua (Land of Papua) on the island of New Guinea is one of the last great natural wildlife frontiers left on earth. It retains an estimated 92% of its original forest cover (amounting to 33.8 million hectares) and has an estimated 10% of the planet’s biodiversity. Papua harbours many rare and endemic species including Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna (Cyclops Echidna, CR), Sentani rainbowfish (Chilatherina sentaniensis, CR), and varied species of the wonderful birds of paradise.


Logging (illegal and legal), mining and other forms of natural resource extraction threaten rare and endemic species of Tanah Papua. Over the past two decades, the Papua region lost 663,443 hectares (1.6 million acres) of natural forest cover. Much of this deforestation (71%) occurred from 2011 to 2019. Regional deforestation is perpetuated by a lack of alternative economic opportunities.

Actions & Results:

We are taking measures that will protect biodiversity, provide sustainable livelihood opportunities, and reduce unsustainable resource extraction:

  • reforestation in Yahukimo Regency and Jayapura Regency, with forests owned and managed by the local community (BUMKAM)
  • construction of tree nurseries and composting facilities
  • establishing a Learning Center in Sentani, Jayapura Regency. The facility will be a hub for conservation-related research and public education
  • developing a satellite research station in Yahukimo Regency


Papua province, Indonesia


To help a fledgling conservation organization begin work on conserving forests in Papua

Project Field Partner:

Yayasan Pelayanan Papua Nenda (YAPPENDA)


US$416,303 in the first year of a three-year project

Size of Area Involved:

2,700 hectares of reforestation,

among a region of 75,000 ha

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Yahukimo highlands — YAPPENDA
Yahukimo Regency — YAPPENDA
Cyclops Mountain — YAPPENDA
Yahukimo Regency — YAPPENDA

In More Depth...

Project Partner

Yayasan Pelayanan Papua Nenda (Foundation for the Love and Service of Papua, YAPPENDA)

YAPPENDA is an Indonesian NGO that was started in 2022 by two brothers, Iain and Malcolm Wilson. YAPPENDA was founded to protect and restore the flora and fauna of Tanah Papua while empowering indigenous Papuans.

Project Area

Jayapura and Yahukimo regencies,

Papua Province, Indonesia

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