LESTARI, meaning "everlasting" in Bahasa Indonesia, is a sustainable forest management project.

SMART Patrol Training with Forest Ranger and staff from Papua Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BBKSDA) in Cyclops Nature Reserve, Papua.

USAID LESTARI, a five-year program from 2015–2020, supports the Government of Indonesia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to conserve biodiversity in carbon-rich and biologically significant forest and mangrove ecosystems. LESTARI applies a landscape approach, integrating forest and peatland conservation with low emissions development on degraded land. LESTARI's aims to: improve land use governance; enhance protected areas management and species protection; ensure sustainable private sector and industry practices; and expand constituencies for conservation among various stakeholders.

LESTARI activities target six strategic landscapes on three of Indonesia’s largest islands—Sumatra, Central Kalimantan, and Papua—with the most intact primary forest cover and greatest carbon stocks.

Fast Facts

Indonesia’s 17,493 tropical islands contain some of the highest levels of biological diversity across the globe, making it a Tier One priority country for USAID biodiversity funding. As such, LESTARI operationalizes USAID’s Biodiversity Policy in its activities and approaches on the ground, especially with regards to the Conservation Co-Management related work. LESTARI deploys a dynamic array of tools and approaches involving community engagement and data-driven monitoring and enforcement to effectively reduce incidences of poaching, wildlife trafficking, and other activities destructive to biodiversity occurring in and around Protected Areas.

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LESTARI results

  • 41% average of reduced CO2-equivalent emissions—from land use, land use change and deforestation across all project landscapes
  • Improved management of at least 8.42 million hectares of primary or secondary forest, including orangutan habitat
  • Valuable orangutan and key species habitats conserved and reduced poaching threats through improved management of at least six conservation areas
  • Establishment of at least ten public-private partnerships (PPPs) promoting low-emissions, conservation-oriented development
  • Leveraged funding from public and private sources, representing co-investment in project outcomes
  • Increased commitment of private sector, government and community stakeholders regarding the positive benefits of conservation and the sustainable use of forests
  • Increased and enforced policies, laws, regulations and procedures supporting low-emissions development and forest conservation and management
  • Developed and shared models for successful integration of district, provincial and national low-emissions development and forest conservation strategies at all government levels


Project Resources

Singkil Concept Note : an analysis of the threats facing the peatlands of Aceh Province, Indonesia and the resulting implications for climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation efforts.

Making a Difference: Capturing the Charismatic: Gunung Leuser National Park, in Indonesia, is the only place on earth that is home to tigers, orangutans, elephants and rhinos. To protect these species requires a clear understanding of their location and abundance.

Additional LESTARI Information