Sumarni Laman received a bachelor's degree in Chemistry Education from Palangkaraya University. She has expertise in biological resources and water management and is passionate about education. Her interest in environmental issues inspired her to volunteer for Ranu Welum in 2017. She became official staff in 2019 and serves as Youth Act coordinator. Sumarni manages communication & public relations for Ranu Welum. She is currently running The Heartland Project - a national movement to raise awareness about forest issues through planting trees on forestland that was previously burned or mined. The Heartland Project has already engaged over 1000 participants and planted more than 2,500 trees. They also raise awareness about plastic pollution, engage people in climate action, and produce events to cultivate pride in Dayak traditions and culture. Sumarni will be both a participant and a coordinator at our Bali collaboratory.
Elisabeth Lily Salim is the founder and CEO of Sanggar Kreativitas Anak Indonesia, a program that educates special needs youth in zero waste management and teaches them the skills they need to create products out of recycled materials that they can sell. She aims to transform Medan into a green paradise and reduce the inequality that exists for people with special needs in her community. Lily was the principal of the Medan School of Nature and was voted the 3rd Best Trash Bank in Medan City in 2016 before beginning Sanggar Kreativitas. She has her degree in Banking & Finance from University of N. Sumatra in Indonesia and is a Certified Level 3 Trainer in Recycle Product.
Founder and Chair at Haka
Environmental Impact Strategist
Policy and Advocacy Expert
Farwiza is the leader of Forest, Nature & Environment Aceh (HAkA) a homegrown Acehnese NGO, which is striving to protect the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra. By empowering communities, taking legal action and mobilizing local, national and global campaigns, Farwiza and her team are helping to pave the way for true sustainable development for their people. Farwiza’s impact on community driven conservation was recognized with the 2016 Whitley Award.
The Leuser Ecosystem is the last place in the world where several of the key Sundaland mega-fauna species can still be found together: the tiger, orangutan, elephant, and rhino. Motivated by her passion to protect critically endangered species under extreme threat in this area, Farwiza helped launch a legal case against a plantation concessionaire inside the Leuser Ecosystem. Eventually, the legal case ended in a victory for conservation, and the concessionaire was fined a precedent-setting USD 26 million.
Focusing on the core habitat for critically endangered mega-fauna, Farwiza focuses on ground level species protection on the one hand and high level legal advocacy on the other. This means she deploys a new Wildlife Protection Team to destroy snares and intercept poachers, a Mobile Monitoring Unit to track wildlife and forest crime, and a special law enforcement operation to increase prosecution rates.
Recently, she has mobilized community leaders to conduct a citizen lawsuit seeking to revoke the Aceh Spatial Plan that would otherwise legitimize the building of roads, hydropower schemes, oil palm concessions, and new settlements inside the Leuser Ecosystem. If these plans are implemented, despite lack of approval by the central government, the charismatic species that make it unique will vanish and the Leuser Ecosystem would eventually be destroyed. Most conservationists, considering the challenges to be too great, do not wish to address the threats mentioned above. Farwiza, however, has always understood that a holistic approach to conservation is the most viable path to success.
Raihal is the Executive Director of the Katahati Institute, a nonprofit organization that aims to teach others valuable skills such as public speaking, how to run business, public policy and advocacy. One of her many projects is KakiLangit, a knowledge center that encourages civil society best practices in Aceh.
In 2007, Raihal first joined the Katahati Institute as a Project Officer to provide support for victims of earthquakes and tsunamis in Aceh. Her experience in government service has made her a key resource in order to improve women’s rights and community development in her country.
Her community service work first began when Raihal observed the pollution that is produced in her community from the local cement factory, which inspired her and her friends to fight for their right to have a healthier environment to live in. Raihal saw that women and children were the most impacted by the pollution of the local water sources caused by the cement factory and inspired her community to speak with the cement factory, government, and the media about the issue.
Most recently, Raihal is helping to prepare a five year development plan in the Banda Aceh City involving issues related to women and children. Since May 2011, Raihal has been a facilitator for the Aceh Information Commission and does assessments of SKPA, a university and political party that specializes in informing the public about government actions. Before this, she formed the committee selection group to hire prospective members of the Information Committee of Aceh.
Rubama is a women leader based in Aceh. Since 2006, she has been working in grassroots development programs that empower women leaders in villages working to protect the natural resources in Aceh. She trains women how to create handicrafts, grow produce, and upcycle, while also involving children from Nusa Village in the Waste Bank Program. After the Tsunami disaster that occurred in Aceh in 2004, she developed a community based waste management program in her village.
She currently works for Community Based Tourism in Nusa village in the Aceh Besar district. She is also helping to restore a forest in the Bener Meriah district with a grassroots women’s organization that manages forest conservation for ecological justice in Aceh and was the Program Coordinator in Aceh for Women’s Solidarity for Human Rights.
In 2017, Rubama obtained the Perempuan Inspiratif Perintis Kemandirian Desa Award and in 2013 won Indonesian Women Inspiring Women award.