Batang Gadis National Park (TNBG) Conservation Support Program

The Batang Gadis National Park Conservation Support Program is a special collaborative project implemented by SRI and The Research Centre for Climate Change Indonesia (RCCC UI), and funded by the Tropical Forest Conservation Action Sumatra (TFCA Sumatera). SRI is the leader of this consortium and is responsible for managing the program, with its goal of protecting the 7,250 hectares of Batang Gadis National Park via an active and collaborative approach.
The program is divided into five aspects:
1) Improving resources: Providing adequate capacity in Human Resources, Administration and Research for the BGNP Program.
2) Efficiency: Improving the effectiveness of BGNP management through improved planning and boundary management.
3) Collaboration: Sharing information and working together to manage human-wildlife conflicts in the BGNP area.
4) Law-enforcement: Tackling illegal gold mines in the Batang Gadis National Park with the support of other parties.
5) Economic development: Incentivising eco-friendly business opportunities to discourage the local communities from mining or the illegal wildlife trade.
The TFCA is a joint initiative of the Government of the USA, the Government of Indonesia, the KEHATI Foundation and Conservation International (CI). This agreement was formalised on 30th June 2009 to redirect the payment of Indonesian debt to the US Government into a trust fund to support activities that assist tropical forest conservation, protection and restoration, as well as in developing practices of more sustainable uses of natural resources. Through the TFCA Sumatra scheme, the US government agreed to forego Indonesian debt repayment of 30 million USD, instead allowing the repayments to provide funding for conservation NGOs over a period of eight years. Under the agreement, CI Indonesia and the KEHATI Foundation have also agreed to provide matched funds towards the support of project implementation. Therefore the TFCA is to be considered a subsidized debt-for-nature swap, which is the first of its kind in Indonesia and the biggest debt for nature swap scheme by the US government for supporting environmental conservation initiatives.

The TFCA is an initiative by the US Government, the Government of Indonesia, the KEHATI Foundation, and Conservation International (CI).  This was formalized on 30 June 2009 to redirect the payment of Indonesian debt to the US Government into a trust fund to support activities that assist tropical forest conservation, protection, restoration, as well as in developing practices of more sustainable uses of natural resources. Through the TFCA Sumatra scheme, the US government agreed to forego Indonesian debt repayment of 30 million USD, with in return there being funding support provided to conservation NGOs for a period of eight years. Under the agreement, CI Indonesia and the KEHATI Foundation have also agreed to provide matched funds , towards the support of project implementation. Therefore the TFCA is to be considered a subsidized debt-for-nature swap, which is the first of its kind in Indonesia and the biggest debt for nature swap scheme by the US government for supporting environmental conservation initiatives.