One of our by product activities is to use our Conservation Fund and other donor funds responsibly in community based development programs with NO administration fees.
(1) Campaign to help reforest Tanjung Putting National Park
This program is a result of the devastating fires in 2015 in Borneo which nearly destroyed to Tanjung Puting NP. The program is funded from private donors and our company Conservation Fund. it is divided into two areas (1) the development of a tree nursery in conjunction with Friends of the National Parks (FNP), and (2) The training of three Indonesians (staff members of the Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge, the Tanjung Puting National Park and the NGO Friends of the National Parks) by the Beechmont Rural Fire Brigade in Australia and their subsequent return to train others and form local volunteer groups. The Australian part has been completed and they have returned home to continue the development of a RAPID RESPONSE FOREST PROTECTION UNIT based in the village of Tanjung Harapan. There are several phases (1) equipment (2) the training of 15 persons as a special team ready at any time (3) organisation of a volunteer organisation for tree planting and firefighting, and (4) liaising with government specific organisations (especially the National Parks) to coordinate any future response. At the same time, we have paid for a nursery for trees from the company CONSERVATION Fund funded by US$10 contributions from all guests who book through our Tours and Travel company ECOSAFARI INDONESIA.
We will be reporting updates of expenses on this site and our Facebook site (www.facebook.com/ECOLODGESINDONESIA)
This a long term activity which will require constant funding as the next stage is paying for equipment and water sources on site. We will need constant support and will inform our donors as we proceed. Thank you all for your support, 100% of funds reach the target as we charge no administration fees. We will shortly be producing accounts for all your funds.
(2) Syoubri, Arfak Mountains, West Papua
Ecolodges Indonesia has signed an agreement with Magnificus Expeditions (formerly Papua Bird Club www.papuabirdclub.com) to assist in the development and marketing of tours in West Papua, a glorious part of Indonesia. This is a long tern program involving working with the local people to upgrade home stays and increase their income by ecotourism. In July, Meryl Wilson and Kadek, Manager of the Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge will travel to Papua to begin training.
We have a number of smaller programs associated with the each lodge, which are described on lodge pages.
Conservation, Community and Culture are at the Heart of our existence
Each lodge is dedicated to education and engaging communities in sustainability, the environment, promoting the unique and diverse cultures of the Indonesian people and supporting efforts to protect some of the world's most endangered species.
Some recent initiatives include extension of the Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge, building a small meeting room at this also; purchasing 5 ha of land at the edge of the MBeliling bird sanctuary, extending our solar power systems at Kelimutu, the completion of a new and large system at the Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge in Borneo, the purchase of a new boat (The Rimba King) to strengthen the boat - river experience and continuing several small activities at each lodge funded by the company Conservation Fund (funded by $10 fees paid by every guest booking through us). The company now owns and protects over 50 ha around all our lodges which is all for conservation.
Lodge Specific Initiatives
Satwa Sumatra Elephant Eco Lodge:
Supports Park Ranger activities through all our tours especially those involving camping in the park. The local Alert Bird Club is financially assisted. This club consists of members of our staff, park rangers, local guides and others in the community. The aim is to promote bird identification and conservation. Their main project is to save the endangered “White Winged Wood Duck”.
Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge:
Environmental education in the Primary School based in the village of Tandjung Harapan. Meryl Wilson has commenced a link with this school by organizing gifts of writing materials by guests. She also hopes to develop an environmental training program similar to that in Kelimutu. The Lodge supports the Guides Association by supporting their Training Courses and using their Guides on our tours.
Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge:
Over 100 pupils from 8 primary and secondary schools in the Jimbaran and Nusa Dua areas are given free membership to our Udayana Cricket Club, the first Indonesian managed club in the country. The community results of this program since 2002 are staggering including 11 players on the national team playing all over the Asia Pacific region, 4 pupils attending a Justin Langer camp in Perth, 3 pupils at training courses at The Cricket Australia Cricket Academy, many players playing in local leagues and tournaments and in general a growth of self confidence in a large number of boys moving into manhood. While ELI has put in some funding, employees of the company have been responsible for obtaining funding from the International Cricket Council, The West Australian Cricket Association, Cricket Australia and many private club members from all over the cricketing world.
Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge:
Supports a Coucal Conservation Area. The area around this lodge is seriously threatened as a bird Conservation area. The lodge has established a Coucal conservation area in the grounds as an example of how a small area can be used.
Local Tourism School. Trainees from the school are given access to all aspects of our lodge management as part of their training. At any one time, 4 – 6 trainees may be at the lodge.
Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge:
Supports Ikat Weavers. The area of Moni is inhabited by the Lio people who are justly famous for their weaving which is hand done from the creation of dyes to final product in small villages. The Lodge specializes in six motifs and assists in selling these in our shop and also through our tours which bring funds to the weavers through visits by tourists.
Environmental education in the Secondary School based in the village of Moni. Meryl Wilson has commenced a link with this school by giving a talk on Butterflies and their life history. This program will be supported by guests who wish to become involved and also by our manager Marianus who will give short talks on important aspects of Conservation.