INDONESIA: Bukit Lawang Trust

We are a Charitable Trust working to enhance the education and employability of the local community here in Bukit Lawang, through engagement in environmental and wildlife projects in connection with the endangered Leuser Ecosystem. We are a grassroots organisation, established in 2003 after a flash flood which destroyed the village of Bukit Lawang. Since that time, we have worked with the community to improve the quality of life and education in the area, and to protect the precious Leuser Ecosystem. We believe in a holistic approach to conservation and through working with local communities we can better protect the natural environment. Bukit Lawang is located next to the magnificent Leuser Ecosystem which is the last place on Earth to find Tigers, Elephants, Rhinos and Orangutans living together in the wild. We believe that poverty reduction greatly improves conservation efforts and their chances of success. Through the facilitation of our Education program and Youth Led Sustainable Enterprise Program we work to reduce poverty in and around Bukit Lawang, and in doing so give young people the opportunity to not only survive but thrive in a sustainable lifestyle.


Bukit Lawang Festival film

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Highlights of our third Conservation Education Festival in Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Celebrating conservation, culture, community and education in Bukit Lawang. Bukit Lawang is located on the edge of the Leuser Ecosystem, this is the last place on earth to find wild orang-utans, tigers, elephants and rhinos living together in the wild. Plus sun bears, Thomas leaf monkeys, macacs, pangolins, hornbills and so many amazing birds and species.