Almost 32,000 villages in Indonesia are located in state forest areas, and 70% of these villagers depend on forest resources for their daily lives.
The role of these villagers in conserving forests is very massive. Therefore, an integrated effort is needed to balance an area’s ecological, social, and economic functions.
To face this challenge, YKAN is conducting a community-based approach named Community Inspiring Actions for Change (Aksi inspiratif Warga untuk Perubahan) or SIGAP. SIGAP is an approach to involve local communities in protection and forest recovery efforts by emphasizing an approach based on the village’s potential.
SIGAP’s main target is to strengthen of the village governance, ensure the local community’s access and management rights of natural resources, and develop sustainable livelihood strategies for villagers.