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Sharing Lessons from the Great Bear Rainforest to Protect Leuser Ecosystem –

by ahnationtalk on September 11, 2018146 Views

September 10, 2018

The lessons from the Great Bear Rainforest could help protect the Leuser Ecosystem, a 2.6-million-hectare Indonesian rainforest, in a way that doesn’t force a choice between environmental protection and economic development.

On September 6, 2018, Coast Funds’ executive director, Brodie Guy, presented to a group of Indonesian lawmakers and environmentalists who are looking to the Great Bear Rainforest to understand how Indigenous-led efforts protected a large-scale ecosystem while ensuring the opportunity for local economies to grow.

The Coast Funds model of conservation financing is one of the few Indigenous-led models that supports both stewardship and sustainable economic development. In February 2018, Coast Funds and First Nations’ individuals from the Great Bear Rainforest travelled to Colombia to connect with Indigenous groups seeking to establish similar conservation financing.

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