All of Indonesia’s Territory is Conservation Area


I. Basic Information

Name Of Organization Address Telephone Numbers Website And Email Address Contact Person Designation : : : : : : TELAPAK Jl. Pajajaran 54, Bogor 16143, Indonesia T: +62-251-393245 F. +62-251-393246 Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto President


II. Background Information

Brief History Of The Organization
Telapak was formerly Telapak Indonesia Foundation. It was founded in mid-1995 by Bogor-based environmentalists. It became a legal corporate on January 21, 1997. Its vision was to establish a just natural resource management, which is just for present as well as future generations, and just among various nature's elements. It 1) facilitates and strengthen the capacity of itself and its partners, the grass-roots, NGO's networks, and local communities; 2) empowers formal and non-formal officers; local, national and international NGOs; and academics; 3) acts as pressure group towards multinational coorporations and international finance institutions; and 4) promotes the just natural resource management implementation and policies . Telapak was transformed into a membership organization on 27 January 2002. The reasoning of Telapak is the prevailing misconception of conservation as an anti-people nature protection, the deepening conflict between economic use of natural resource and its conservation, the increasing domination of information and science by international research and conservation institutions, the unprecedented rate of destruction of forest and marine ecosystem, and the increasingly alienated and impoverished communities living in and around rich natural resource area.

Nature Of The Organization
Telapak is a membership-based organization which enables it to work on a broad range of issues, locations, and various roles and functions. A member is a cadre of the organization who has specific skills, social or political influence, or is in a strategic position in an organization, business or politics. Telapak's strong characteristics are consistency and reliability, leading edges and pioneering, resolute, confidence, and passionate. The vision of Telapak has encourage the organization to develop economic agenda, social-cultural agenda, and political agenda. Currently Telapak initiated and holds shares in 9 community-based business enterprises on trading, fisheries, agriculture, forestry, and mass media cultural works, and local politics.

Beneficiaries And Members
The primary beneficiaries of Telapak are: Indigenous people, farmers, and fisherfolks in Indonesia. Telapak membership is on individual basis.

Scope And Reach Of Operation
The scope of operation of Telapak is national, Indonesia. However, Telapak works through territorial approaches with offices in certain territories. In each territory, Telapak addresses multi-sectoral issues and develops programs that reflect holistic approach to problems. Hence, Telapak works through Civil Society Alliances, Cooperatives, Business Enterprises, Mass Media, Political Institutions, and Funding-based Programs. The national secretariat of Telapak mainly deals with national policy works, mobilizing support for initiatives, and overall coordination of Telapak programs and activities.

Legal Status:
Foundation Association : : 21 January 1997 -2003. Notaries Deed no 98 by Public Notary Lanny Hartono, SH 15 October 2003 – present. Notaries Deed no 289 of Public Notary Masnah Sari, SH

III. Organizational Thrusts

All of Indonesia's Territory is Conservation area

A just natural resources management in Indonesia

To promote a just natural resources management founded on social and ecological justice, and diversity and pluralism in Indonesia.

Ten Conditions

The rights of the people for social and ecological services of the nature. The recognition of local communities as autonomous social units governing natural resources management in their areas. 3. Policies affecting the livelihood of the people are made through a democratic and participatory political processes. 4. A decentralized and transparent government. 5. Nature-based economic resources are controlled, managed and utilized by local communities while maintaining the ecological functions of the nature. 6. Economic activities involving capital investment from outside parties is processed through a free and prior informed consent of the local community, in which the local community maintains prime control of the activity. 7. The trade values of nature-based commodities take into account the direct production costs and social and ecological externalities, in which the local producing communities enjoy most of the profit and margin of the trade of the commodities. 8. The consumers uphold their responsibility for social and ecological justice by ensuring that they consume from sustainably managed natural resources. 9. Local communities are able to produce and reproduce knowledge and technology on their ecosystem management. 10. Pluralism of law which ensures that local policies are actualized in natural resource Just, Fairness, Discipline, Honesty, Confidence, Humble, Unpretentious, Equal, Friendship, Family, Openness, Love and Care, Solidarity, Learning, Accountable, Against Discrimination-Domination-Violence, Consistency and Reliability, Leading Edges and Pioneering, Resolute and Confidence An Indonesia of: 1. Community-based and sustainable industries 2. Cooperatives, community foundations, and community-based enterprises as social and economic infrastructure 3. Ecosystem Approach (Integrated River Basin Management and Integrated Small Island Management) 4. Empowered civil society to create enabling conditions for the changes towards just natural resource management

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The Values


III. Organizational Thrusts

Programs And Projects

IV. Organizational Structure and Function

Management Structure
Telapak is under a collective leadership of a President and two Vice Presidents which together form the Badan Pengurus Perkumpulan (BPP). The leadership is accountable to the quadrennial Members Meeting. The President of Telapak also serves as the chief executive officer. The BPP has staffs to manage programs and run projects. Activities in specific territory is usually managed by the Territorial Office of Telapak in the area.

Membership Structure
Telapak is an individual membership-based organization. The members include NGO activists, farmers, fishers, business practitioners, leaders of indigenous people, and several other professions. A Member is a fully committed and operating arm of Telapak and the movement. Recruitment of new member is based on reccommendation from existing member, after which a selection and education process will take place through a mechanism of the organization.

Linkages And Networks
Telapak is part of more than 15 NGO networks/consortiums and has been working with more than 40 organizations in Indonesia and abroad. Telapak is directly allied and in partnership with numerous community groups and indigenous peoples in Indonesia. The current Secretary General of the National Indigenous Peoples Alliance (AMAN) is a Member of Telapak. Telapak facilitates, provides, leads and runs capacity building, lobby, campaigns, advocacy training, financing, cooperation, network building, information window, technical and business assistance for partners and community groups in the following areas: 1. Civil society and community groups 2. Cooperatives, Community Foundations, and Community-based Enterprises 3. Business enterprises 4. Mass media 5. Political institutions and state apparatus

V. Organizational Status

Major Achievements (Last 3 Yrs)
1. Against illegal logging. Telapak, working with partners like the Environmental Investigation Agency in the UK, has been leading national and international campaign to reduce illegal logging and trade of timber. The work has created awareness in the general public, government bodies, and multilateral agencies, forced some changes and regulatory reform in the trade, and created an opportunity for fundamental reform towards sustainability and community-based forestry regime. Community Logging. Telapak in Konawe Selatan, Southeast Sulawesi-Indonesia has developed a successful community forestry which has improved the welfare of local communities, manages the forest sustainably, and provides a significant increase for the local government's income. The FSC certified community forestry is based on a strong community organizing and setting up of a cooperative, integrated community forestry management system, and cooperation with international timber business community. This initiative is being replicated throughout Indonesia. Forest Watch Indonesia, which Telapak initiated and facilitated has become a strong organization and network providing high quality independent monitoring on forestry issues in Indonesia. Sustainable Fisheries. Telapak has developed a succesful marine ornamental enterprise based in Bali. The enterprise is now the first and only exclusively non-cyanide ornamental fish and cultured corals producer and exporter. Telapak works with local NGOs and communities to establish fishermen organizations which then led the conversion of cyanide fihermen into net fishermen, implemented local resource management system, and organizes local economic empowerment initiatives.


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Future Direction (Next 3 Yrs)
1. Replicating and mainstreaming community-based and sustainable nature resource management and industries, including: community logging, non-timber forest products, environmentally friendly community-based small scale mining, marine ornamental and reef food fish, and aquaculture. This should be based on a sound community-based coastal resource management systems and policies. Establish Marine Watch Indonesia as an independent monitoring network on marine issues and fisheries. Expand current network of independent media, local television stations and community radio to provide means

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Contact person:
Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto, the President of Telapak. Prior to becoming the President of Telapak, Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto led Poros Nusantara, a social and commercial consortium of NGOs and people's organizations which provides a framework for people to people cooperation and trade initiatives for a just natural resource management. He founded and served as Director of a community-owned marine ornamental export company based in Les Village, Buleleng, BaliIndonesia. Mr. Ruwindrijarto was a co-founder and the 1999-2002 Executive Director of Telapak. During this period, Mr. Ruwindrijarto led the investigation and campaign against illegal logging and destructive fishing, and played a role in the indigenous people movement in Indonesia. Mr. Ruwindrijarto has produced several video documentaries and co-author several publications on the issues. He is a diver and has directed and filmed underwater for several documentaries on coral reef, coastal and marine issues. Mr. Ruwindrijarto is also a co-founder and currently serves as a member of the board of the Samdhana Institute (



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