About Us

Foreword by YKAN Executive Director

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Dafalen Love A resident passes by in his boat between coral clusters and a lagoon in Misool, Raja Ampat district, West Papua. © Hariandi Hafid/TNC Photo Contest 2019
Herlina Hartanto
YKAN Executive Director Herlina Hartanto © YKAN

Indonesia is a global focal point for biodiversity. Its vast archipelago showcases a rich myriad of flora and fauna and a vibrant mosaic of cultures. The abundant natural resources and ecosystems of the country's 18,000 islands sustain the lives of 280 million people and drive an increasingly thriving economy.

Indonesia must manage these resources and ecosystems sustainably to have a prosperous future. Worryingly, with its large and rapidly expanding population, Indonesia's wealth of natural resources faces challenges. Among these are environmentally detrimental resource extraction, disorderly coastal development and unsustainable fishing.

Compounding these problems is the looming threat of a climate crisis harming biodiversity and human well-being. Yet, when it comes to combatting climate change, Indonesia boasts the world's largest mangrove forest, the world's third-largest tropical rainforest, and Southeast Asia's largest tropical peatland, all of which are pivotal in adapting to and mitigating global warming.

Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara (YKAN) collaborative research with global conservation organizations reveals that over a third of global emission reduction targets are achievable through programs such as YKAN’s Natural Climate Solutions that protect and sustainably manage natural resources. Accordingly, safeguarding and sustainably using Indonesia's natural capital is at the heart of YKAN's conservation programs.

YKAN's conservation program is founded on close partnerships with stakeholders spanning government, corporations, academia, non-governmental organizations, and local communities from the national to the grassroots level.

We prioritize community engagement and advocate for community-based conservation, ensuring that local residents are active participants in safeguarding the environment on which their lives depend.

I express my gratitude to all partners and communities who continue to support conservation efforts in Indonesia. Together, we can realize sustainable development goals that align with economic growth, ensuring the preservation of the wealth and biodiversity we possess for a sustainable Indonesia.


Herlina Hartanto, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara