The ability to provide applied knowledge on wetland issues is one of our core values. In order to improve specific policies and practices of the government but also the private sector, we are dedicated to staying on top of the latest knowledge developments. Therefore, we apply scientific research to our field work, collaborate with many knowledge institutes, such as universities and government agencies, and manage several databases.
Knowledge as basis for advocacy
The knowledge on the different areas in which we specialize (see below) is shared with the key players that influence wetlands. Not only the Government of Indonesia, for example the Ministry of Forestry, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Public Works and other Ministries or local governments are provided with our input on policies. We also work with the private sector and other NGOs using our knowledge to influence their policies and practices. Here are some key examples of wetland knowledge we have built over the years.
The local community is our agent for change on the ground. We enable communities to restore their degraded wetlands, stop their the damaging activities (e.g. logging and poaching) and provide them with microcredit. Thereby we provide them with the opportunity to create alternative and sustainable activities to generate income. In this way we make sure they benefit and that their conservation action is lasting on the long term.