Data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) shows that forest and water areas that are still sustainable are actually under the guardianship of indigenous peoples and local communities. They have a system of values and knowledge that upholds harmony between nature as the great buana (macrocosm) and humans as buana alit (microcosm). Unfortunately, their existence is increasingly pressured not only by the interests of industrial expansion but also the weak recognition of the state. Therefore, WWF-Indonesia is present through Leading the Change activities to reduce the chances of indigenous peoples in Indonesia to be extinct from their living space.
State-led conservation is not fast enough to catch up with the rate of ecosystem destruction. This type of conservation has proven to require enormous resources and is out of balance with the country's own financing capabilities. Meanwhile, time is running out to save the planet.
WWF-Indonesia encourages the state to recognize indigenous peoples and local communities as primordial conservation actors and provide equitable utilization rights to their living space. Only by joining hands, working together, and involving indigenous peoples and local communities, can the acceleration of ecosystem recovery be realized.