Namiar Bandi, Sukianto Lusli, Agus Budi Utomo, and Yusup Cahyadin
Dr. Namiar Bandi for his development and management of Hustai National Park as an NGO. Through his vision and spirit, he ensured that conservation remained a prioritiy over mining. By using innovative marketing methods, he ensured that not only was the park self sufficient, but also that all funds received were reinvested in the park and its own surroundings, including enhanced park security and upgrading local health clinics. His outreach and success attracted donors, which through his organization made substantial investments to implement projects outside the park which benefited surrounding communities. Students and researchers from Mongolia and other countries now benefit from the open and professional research environment, and come to Hustai to study the steppe ecosystems, making Dr. Bandi and his staff leading authorities on steppe ecology, and an important information source held in high esteem by local and national politicians .
Sukianto Lusli, Agus Budi Utomo, and Yusup Cahyadin for their development and implementation of innovative approaches to forest conservation in Indonesia. Through their vision, commitment, determination, advocacy and leadership they have changed national policy and legislation so that lowland forests designated for production can now be managed under licence by NGOs and other private organisations for conservation rather than logging. Working with international NGO partners, this dynamic team obtained a 95 year licence to conserve and manage 100,000 hectares of concession forest, 10 percent of the remaining lowland rainforest on Sumatra. They have demonstrated that these former logging concessions can be managed and restored as valuable assets for biodiversity, protecting threatened habitats and species and supplementing the existing protected area network. Through their leadership and positive example, Sukianto, Agus and Yusup have created lessons, good practices and the right environment to enable other practitioners to replicate their ecosystem restoration model across Indonesia and beyond. Although ecosystem restoration concessions are not formally gazetted, they have the potential to be recognised as formal protected areas in the future since their management objectives are consistent with IUCN category VI areas. Already they can help contribute to global conservation targets in line with Indonesia’s obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity. Their initiative has the potential to reform forest management and influence policy and investment priorities in many countries, contributing to biodiversity conservation and national and local strategies to mitigate climate change.