Direct climate funds for Indonesia’s Indigenous communities

Two Tenure Facility partners have helped create a new fund to directly support Indigenous Peoples in Indonesia.

The Nusantara Fund, established in part by the Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (AMAN) and the Consortium for Agrarian Reform (KPA), was launched in back in May and has already attracted several million dollars in initial funding.

Environmental news outlets China Dialogue and Mongabay interviewed Tenure Facility’s Chief Programme Officer David Kaimowitz about the initiative, which tailors and channels funding directly to Indigenous peoples and local communities.

"We hear about pledges of one billion dollars for this, or governments putting hundreds of millions of dollars into that, but what’s news in this case is that with a very small amount of money, you can make a huge difference. In many ways, you can be more effective with three million dollars in the hands of a community than 200 million dollars in the hands of a World Bank project. That’s the news here."

- David Kaimowitz, Tenure Facility’s Chief Programme Officer

While only 1 percent of the global climate funds go to Indigenous communities, studies show that Indigenous communities contribute to conservation by protecting forests and the environment with their traditional knowledge and ways.

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