About Us

Our History

Focus Mangroves at Kaledupa, Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi © Nugroho Arif Prabowo

Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara (YKAN) is a non-profit organization which was established in Indonesia in 2014.

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Lookout Tower In’am Fathoni, Palu Regional Coordinator, stood at the top of a 70-meter lookout tower used to research on climate change and forest canopy at the Lore Lindu National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © Bridget Besaw

Ministry of Forestry of The Republic of Indonesia gave The Nature Conservancy (TNC) an operational license to conduct conservation programs in Indonesia.

Man with Canoe A man paddles a canoe in Wakatobi National Park, a marine national park south of Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. © Deni Yulian

Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara (YKAN) was starting to be established under the law of the Republic of Indonesia with foundations built by TNC. YKAN formed partnerships with governments, private sectors, community groups, academia, and local communities in implementing its conservation projects.

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Kalimantan Forest The characteristics of tropical rain forests around the world have many similarities in soil composition and climate, but in each region there are different endemic species. © YKAN

After working in Indonesia for almost 30 years, in 2020, TNC decided to close its operation in Indonesia. Since March 2020, TNC has not operated in Indonesia, and YKAN has continued its operations as its main partner.

YKAN Logo Philosophy

YKAN logo combines two main elements of the Earth: land and ocean, focusing on two YKAN’s main programs: Indonesia Terrestrial Program and Indonesia Ocean Program.

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Logo YKAN Logo baru Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara. © YKAN

The green color on the leaves is a terrestrial symbol inspired by the ironwood tree (Eusideroxylon zwageri), a tree species native to Indonesia. As a premium type of wood, ironwood wood possesses great strength, and thus the tree is also known as "iron tree." Ironwood tree is also orangutan's favorite nesting place. For the Dayak tribe, Kalimantan native indigenous community who lived at one of YKAN's project areas, a tree is seen as a protector of life.

Bluewater ripples represent the element of water, both on land and in the ocean. As a source of life, the ripples of water give life to livings underwater and on the shore.

YKAN's slogan, "For a Sustainable Indonesia," is aligned with YKAN's strategy in implementing conservation missions, which are protecting nature, promoting sustainable practices, encouraging policies, and supporting innovative financing.

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