Panut Hadisiswoyo

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2013
Orangutan Information Centre


This profile was prepared when Panut Hadisiswoyo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
Panut promotes public awareness to halt deforestation in one of the largest national parks in the world through grassroots educational programs and by empowering local communities living near the last remaining orangutan habitat to work toward a more sustainable future for the forests. With other organizations in North Sumatra, Panut has set up new regulations on mitigation of human-wildlife conflict. With his holistic approach, Panut’s organization, Orangutan Information Centre (OIC), has gained the trust of the Ministry of Forestry, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and local government to work with the communities living near the park.

Panut has developed early detection systems to resolve human-wildlife conflict, such as crop raiding, before it can be felt in the national park. Through environmental curriculum development, Panut has partnered with over 300 schools, reached more than 15,000 students and engaged them in conservation camps run by the schools. He has also started joint community ranger and park ranger patrols to secure the vast lands of the national park.

Panut has shifted park management practices for national parks in Indonesia by creating broad-based partnerships that complement and build on the limited capabilities of the local park authority. He partners with the community around Mount Leuser National Park on forest restoration in a positive example for other park authorities and citizen organizations (COs) to improve their national park management, and is working with the Ministry of Agriculture to expand his model to the management of national parks in Sumatra.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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