The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is working in Indonesia with the Government of South Sumatra on a new landscape management project, KELOLA Sendang. This public-private-people partnership aims to address the challenges of deforestation, peatland degradation, wildfires and their associated climate impacts within the context of green growth and biodiversity conservation. The project will facilitate and support the government, private sector and local communities, to pilot a sustainable management partnership model across the Sembilang-Dangku landscape of South Sumatra, an important habitat for tigers and other wildlife.

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SPOTT’s role is to promote green growth and implementation of best practice. By informing and facilitating fact-based dialogue between oil palm, forestry and other companies and their financiers and buyers, SPOTT can support delivery of corporate sustainability commitments in the South Sumatran landscape, and explore the delivery of a jurisdictional approach, which can be adapted to work in other locations and contexts.

Another part of this project will be the creation of a monitoring system for the landscape. Working with different land managers in the public and private sector, ZSL will develop protocols that—when used with the Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool (SMART)—will enable more effective land management. The project will explore how standardised data captured by different land managers across a mixed-use landscape can inform better landscape monitoring and management. The project will facilitate accountability and good governance, and the measurement of effectiveness and progress to national, regional and company sustainability targets. The plan is to develop SMART-based protocols that can be applied in protected areas and company concession sites within other sites in Indonesia and potentially beyond.

KELOLA Sendang is kindly funded by the Government of Norway through the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (NIFCI), the Government of the United Kingdom through the Department for International Development (DFID) UK Climate Change Unit (UKCCU), and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

© Ahmad Faisal, ZSL