We are dedicated to saving Indonesia's peatlands; they store huge amounts of carbon and are home to many threatened species, such as the Orang utan.

We restore mangrove forests and introduce sustainable shrimp farming in coastal areas, which have suffered degradation. We convince the Government of Indonesia and businesses to join us.

Indonesia is rich in waterbirds; it is home to about 380 species of these wetland dependent bird species. We research, monitor and protect their habitat in Indonesia and along their migration routes (flyways).

 The local community is our agent for change. From restoring mangroves to peatland fire brigades; we work through communities and make sure they  benefit.

Scientific knowledge is our base. By making sure that this knowledge is in the hands of the decision-makers, we promote wetland conservation at the policy level.



Press Release : New program to boost community resilience to risk launched by

A new phase of a unique and innovative program to boost community resilience and reduce the impact of disasters on communities has been launched today at the Sultan Hotel in Jakarta.


Rehabilitasi mangrove nampaknya telah menjadi kegiatan yang sangat banyak dilakukan di Indonesia, terutama sejak kejadian tsunami yang menerjang wilayah Nangroe Aceh Darussalam tahun 2004 silam. Sejak itu berbagai kegiatan penanaman mangrove dilakukan dengan tujuan mengembalikan jasa lingkungan yang biasa diberikan oleh ekosistem mangrove, termasuk untuk kestabilan kondisi pesisir, di samping jasa lingkungan yang bisa dinikmati langsung oleh masyarakat, seperti penyediaan komoditas perikanan.


This paper was presented in HATHI: The 5th International Seminar in Bali in July 2016. It is reprinted here in an adapted version with permission. The following article describes Building with Nature (BwN) as an innovative approach to restoring eroding mangrove-mud coasts. This approach combines ecosystem-based engineering and sustainable land use solutions to create a productive and stable coastline for local communities. The article highlights the current five-year BwN project being carried out along the degraded coastline of the Demak district in central Java, Indonesia, to illustrate the approach. In 2014, the project started with an advanced systems analysis that helped to establish a comprehensive management design that combines both engineering and ecological principles. This involved the construction of permeable dams that trap sediments along the shore, followed by efforts to restore a protective mangrove belt on the muddy substrate. Additionally, the project team proposed adopting more sustainable aquaculture regimes that prevent soil subsidence, hydrological disturbance and damage to remaining ecosystems, thereby addressing the root causes to the erosion problems.

A new paper rejects claims that drainage of peatlands for plantations can be sustainable by

In 2015 Indonesia was hit by a disastrous haze event caused by extensive peatland fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan. In response, the Indonesian government launched a national Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) with an ambitious target of restoring over 2 million hectares of peatlands by 2020. Success will depend on a proper understanding of the functioning of peatlands.  A new policy brief by Wetlands International and Tropenbos International calls for a thorough science-based approach, instead of some of the currently widely applied policies and management models, which have insufficiently considered the issue of peatland subsidence.

To plant or not to plant? by

The last decade tsunamis and typhoon related surges in coastal areas across the world raised enormous interest for the role that mangroves can play in reducing flood risk.  This is resulting in numerous projects that aim to increase community resilience and reduce risk by restoring mangrove forests. On the ground these projects basically encompass massive and well-meant planting of red mangrove. However, mostly this is done without a proper risk assessment and with little consultation of mangrove restoration experts. Unsurprisingly, many of these projects fail as many planted seedlings die. Even if seedlings are surviving, the ecological value of a monoculture and benefits of the planting efforts for increased community resilience are questionable. So what does it take to do mangrove restoration properly?


Building with Nature Indonesia Design and Engineering Plan

This design and engineering plan will be used as preparation for the implementation of a large scale Building with Nature demonstration project in Demak, Central Java to secure the eroding coastline for coastal safety. The plan provides the concepts, reasoning, design and practicalities for the timely implementation of the pilot. It sets priorities and sequence of implementation, and addresses limitations and risks, which will be accounted for and resolved in an adaptive approach. The report will also serve as input for fruitful stakeholder engagement at the community, district, provincial and national level and for the Environmental Impact Assessment.

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Warta Partners for Resilience Indonesia - Edisi Khusus


Seiring dengan akan berakhirnya pelaksanaan Proyek Partners for Resilience (PfR), maka kami akan memasuki saat yang menantang dan menarik. Menantang untuk menyelesaikan semua pekerjaan yang tersisa secara tepat waktu dan dengan cara yang berkelanjutan. 


Wetlands International Indonesia Programme is the Indonesian branch of Wetlands International; the only global non-profit NGO dedicated the to the restoration and conservation of wetlands.

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