Empowering local community: HAkA works on many levels.

As pressure from companies grows to destroy the protected forests of Sumatra, it’s often the local communities who suffer, through being excluded from important decisions, evicted from their land, and facing disasters such as flooding or human wildlife conflict after deforestation takes place.

Drawing on traditional wisdom

Empowering local communities to participate in government land-use planning decisions means that the traditional wisdom of sustainable forest management can be used to design socially and environmentally responsible policy.

To achieve this, HAkA is active on many levels. We work with grass-roots organisations, local communities, NGOs, technical experts and government agencies. We firmly believe giving the community access to the tools and knowledge to be involved in planning decisions. This results in long-term gains for land-use planning, while ensuring conservation is fully socialised and supported.