Fellow Since 2001
Kelompok Usaha Bersama
This profile was prepared when Made Indrawati was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2001.
The New Idea
Indra, as Made is known, recognizes that villagers who live inside protected areas can help manage these areas while at the same time improving their livelihoods. While a number of conservation efforts are underway to resolve conflicts between local people and park officials, Indra's program is the first natural resource management effort to have sprung from the village level. By joining the efforts of villagers and park officials, Indra replaces adversity with collaboration and secrecy with open dialogue. She also helps the villagers map the park areas, set up clean water systems, and earn money through small-scale agricultural ventures, such as growing elephant grass to feed livestock or weave into mats and handicrafts. To design strategies that will create lasting changes in the way protected areas are used, Indra draws in other groups as well–civil society groups, community leaders, students, and government officials. She reaches the generation coming up through educational materials about the park, which she shares with area schools.