The SOCP is a collaborative programme of PanEco Foundation (Switzerland), Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (Medan, North Sumatra), and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s Directorate General of Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation (Ditjen KSDAE).
Approximately 90 local staff assist with the implementation of the various SOCP field programmes across Aceh and North Sumatra - spanning the complete distribution of Critically Endangered Sumatran and Tapanuli orangutans.
The Swiss based PanEco Foundation supports and implements projects in nature conservation and environmental education. PanEco initiated the SOCP in 1999 under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry’s then Directorate General for Forest Protection and Nature Conservation (PHKA, now KSDAE). Within the SOCP, PanEco works with a number of partners and is heavily involved in the management, fundraising and implementation of the programme. PanEco also implements environmental education, conservation and sustainable development projects in Switzerland.
Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL)
The Indonesian ‘Sustainable Ecosystem Foundation’ (Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari; YEL) is based in Medan, North Sumatra. YEL is PanEco’s primary local partner foundation and manages, coordinates and implements all SOCP activities in Indonesia. As well as the SOCP, YEL is also active in community development projects, including promoting ecotourism and sustainable organic agriculture, in addition to numerous environmental education projects. responsible for the coordination and implementation of the SOCP.
Ditjen PHKA of The Indonesian Ministry of Forestry
The Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s Directorate General for Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation (Ditjen KSDA) is the Indonesian government partner of PanEco and YEL for the SOCP via multiple Memoranda of Understanding with both organisations. On a daily basis YEL and PanEco coordinate all activities with the Ditjen KSDAE via its local provincial offices who play an active role in supervision and monitoring of the project, and especially in law enforcement, including confiscations of illegal pet orangutans.