The KEHATI Foundation is a non-profit organization that carries the mandate to collect, manage and distribute grants for the preservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in Indonesia for the welfare of the people of Indonesia. For more than two decades, KEHATI has worked with more than 1000 local institutions spread from Aceh to Papua, and has managed more than US $ 200 million in grants. The grant funds come from multilateral and bilateral donors, the private sector, endowment funds, philanthropy, and crowd-funding.
KEHATI’s programs refer to the organization’s strategic plan which is compiled every five years where in 2019 KEHATI launched the latest strategic plan for the period 2019-2023. There are 4 program approaches (ecological domain, public involvement and participation, local and indigenous community-based, and good governance) and 5 strategic objectives as follows:
The implementation of the KEHATI’s program is divided into three ecosystems, namely forest ecosystem, agricultural ecosystem, and marine ecosystem.
Forest ecosystem have 1 strategic program, Taman Kehati (biodiversity park), a reserve area of natural resources (genetic) outside of the forested area that is managed collaboratively between local government and local communities. Other programs in the forest ecosystem are agroforestry and forest rehabilitation, strengthening of forest conservation areas, monitoring of endangered and protected animals, and reviving riparian/river banks. In addition, there are special programs in the realm of forest ecosystems such as the Tropical Forest Conservation Action (TFCA) for the Sumatra region (TFCA-S) and Kalimantan (TFCA-K). TFCA is a debt transfer scheme between the United States Government and the Government of Indonesia that works to support and facilitate tropical forest conservation activities in Sumatra and Kalimantan islands.
The agricultural ecosystem has 1 strategic program, the Local Food Development program, an effort to improve community food security through the development of food sources originating from local areas such as sorghum in Flores and sago in Papua. Other agricultural ecosystem programs are the management of sustainable coffee plantations, bamboo conservation, and organic farming. A special program under the agricultural ecosystem is Strengthening Palm Oil Sustainability (SPOS), a program to support the sustainable management of oil palm plantations in Indonesia.
A marine ecosystem has one strategic program, namely mangrove conservation, which includes efforts to preserve and sustainable utilization of mangrove ecosystems, as well as climate change mitigation (blue carbon). Other marine ecosystem programs are coral reef conservation, sustainable ecotourism, and waste management. A special program in the marine ecosystem is the Blue Abadi Fund (BAF), which is a marine conservation program in West Papua’s bird’s head seascape through strengthening the management of the Marine Protected Area (MPA) and empowering coastal communities.
New programs to be developed in the next four years are renewable energy, sustainable fisheries, and bioprospecting.