USAID BIJAK supports co-management of Indonesia’s national parks

19 November 2020 Signing of the Conservation Partnership Agreement between Mount Rinjani National Park and Bebidas Village. Photo: Dessy Eko/USAID BIJAK. Signing of the Conservation Partnership Agreement between Mount Rinjani National Park and Bebidas Village. Photo: Dessy Eko/USAID BIJAK.

On November 16th, the first Conservation Partnership Agreement for ecosystem restoration was signed by Rinjani National Park and Bebidas Village. Declared as a national park in 1997, the 41,330-hectare Mount Rinjani National Park in West Nusa Tenggara is known for its rich biodiversity. The park is home to many endangered and protected fauna species such as the Rinjani civet, the Sunda Pangolin, and the Leaf Monkey. Under the partnership, village members will work closely with national park staff to reforest 50 hectares to restore the national park’s ecosystem. In exchange, the community will be allowed to use specific areas of land within the national park to produce orchid seedlings, mushrooms, and livestock fodder. BIJAK is working to support KSDAE’s national rollout of the conservation partnership approach, which provides a legal framework for conservation area managers to increase local and indigenous community participation in conservation. BIJAK will be working closely with Rinjani National Park managers and Bebidas Village as they begin to implement the partnership.