The Community Education and Conservation Program (CECP) was created in late 2019 by the members of the newly formed Sustainable Green Sumatra Foundation (YSHL) based in Medan, North Sumatra. Comprised of motivated and experienced conservation educators, the CECP will complement the work done with the MECU program. Therefore, CECP will deliver formal and informal education programs to schools and villages and work with local farmers in villages to reduce conflict with ape populations in adjacent forest habitat by enhancing agro-forestry techniques that improve productivity on existing farm and community forestland including the creation of recycling/waste management/composting projects, soil quality enhancement, tree-planting, and developing appropriate permaculture methods.
In addition, CECP will examine biodiversity in the buffer zone and national park near the villages and create opportunities for research-driven conservation strategies in the region.
YSHL is currently seeking funding for a 4-wheel drive pickup truck to access the villages and sub-villages near the national park more affordably. Please contact OURF if you are interested in supporting the effort to secure such a vehicle.
The newly formed YSHL (Yayasan Sumatra Hijau Lestari) team (2019)