Orangutan
A world turned upside down The natural habitat of orangutans is threatened by man's greed. Palm oil plantations are diminishing their world on a daily basis. Will my grandchildren be able to watch these in the wild? © Elize Labuschagne/Global Photo Contest 2019

This sub-strategy attempts to resolve the conservation challenge that 80% of endangered species habitats are located outside of the conservation areas. Therefore, it is necessary to have collaborative landscape management that implements best management practice for protection of endangered species habitat in a multiple use landscape. Such an area can be situated in multifunctional landscape, including natural production forest concession areas, as well as HCVAs in non-forest (“APL”) within estate crop plantations.

Wehea Kelay The Wehea Kelay Landscape is one of the most important remaining ecosystems. More than 500 species of fauna and 700 species of flora live in this landscape.

YKAN encourages multistakeholder collaboration that includes the government sector, private sector, academia, locals, and non-profit organization or community group in promoting best management practices to save endangered species habitat. This collaboration has materialized on the Wehea-Kelay landscape, which covers more than 532,000 hectares (1.3 million acres) of multifunctional landscape.

At present, 23 parties consist of land-managing companies (including 5 natural production forest concessions, 1 plantation forest concessions, and 2 estate crop plantations), Wehea Protected Forest Management Agency, and other national and subnational levels parties from Wehea indigenous communities, government agencies, academia, and non-profit organizations or community groups have joined in Essential Ecosystem Area Wehea-Kelay Forum.