Kinari Webb

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2013


This profile was prepared when Kinari Webb was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
Through her organization, Health In Harmony, Kinari has introduced the Alam Sehat Lestari-ASRI/Healthy Nature Everlasting program, which combines healthcare, conservation, environmental education, and medical training. Hers is an integrated approach to improving people’s health and that of the environment. Through her system, people living in the buffer zone around the Gunung Palung National Park may access affordable high-quality healthcare in return for serving as defenders of the rain forest.

Kinari has set up incentive mechanisms that both advance the community health and discourages illegal logging; Villages with fewer illegal-logging cases receive a 70 percent discount on health services. To do this, a forest patrol system trains and recruits villagers as Forest Guardians. This method has decreased illegal logging in the area by as much as 68 percent, while keeping people healthy. Kinari realizes that including only the adults is not enough. She also engages children in learning about forest protection and recycling, while introducing hygiene practices.

Kinari has begun to spread her model to Raja Ampat National Park, Papua this year. She has partnerships with elite universities in the US through which physicians visit to learn about tropical diseases, then share their knowledge with local physicians at the clinic. Kinari plans to partner with local universities to further spread her impact. Recently, she was approached by an International Environmental Taskforce for UN REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) partnering with the government. They are interested in partnering with Kinari to replicate the model to other areas of Indonesia.
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