PRCF Indonesia programs to protect natural resources that local communities use to support their own livelihoods, globally endangered species and and species that are poorly known, and ethnic cultural aspects and ancestral traditions.
We protect several species of critically endangered wildlife and their habitat, including the Tomistoma Crocodile, Mueller Gibbon, and three species of endangered sea turtles. As with all other countries, PRCF Indonesia works with communities to survey, monitor, and protect biodiversity by providing conservation training and by establishing community conservation groups. Our approach is to support and enable community-based conservation initiatives, which have a better chance for sustainability imported approaches.
Traditionally, local communities in West Kalimantan have relied on natural resources to support their livelihoods. As resources diminish because of unsustainable use, local people become increasingly dependent on outside large private development projects. We help the communities protect their natural resources by promoting sustainable management of forest products in their village landscape, and by helping them become economically self-sufficient through local added value and proper marketing.
Since 2000, PRCF Indonesia has been working with local Dayak weavers to revitalise and help preserve their cultural weaving traditions. This has included recognition and use of ancestral Ikat weaving symbolism and the use of natural dye-stuffs as opposed to chemical dyes. For the latter, we help villagers into establishing home gardens with traditional natural dyes that they can use in their contemporary weavings.