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This is Farwiza

Farwiza is an award-winning Forest Conservationist taking the fight against illegal palm oil plantations and unsustainable exploitation of the unique Indonesian rainforest and its wildlife.

With your help

Farwiza can continue fighting illegal and damaging activities, like palm oil plantations, through community initiatives, campaigns and lawsuits.

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Leuser Ecosystem, Indonesia

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Awards & features:

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Why care

Mining, exploitation and deforestation are threatening the unique Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia. The forest plays a vital role in climate regulation and carbon storage. It’s also the last place on earth where tigers, elephants, rhinos and orangutans are coexisting together in the wild.

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Their work

Farwiza is a Forest Conservationist and Founder and Director of Yayasan HAkA.

  • Farwiza runs various advocacy campaigns, pushing for changes in policy, working with the government through coalitions and in collaboration with multiple other partners.

  • Engages the local community in environmental impact assessment training, meaning a broad and basic knowledge, and informing them on how they can use their rights as community members to be more involved in decisions concerning the problems facing their area.

  • Engages local communities in civil lawsuits against damaging activities in their area.


  • Through lawsuits, advocacy campaigns and by strengthening community voices, Farwiza and her team ensured that 1000 of 4000 hectares illegally destroyed forests are being restored.

  • Won lawsuit against company granted illegal permit to clear forest in Tripa for palm oil plantations. The company was fined $30 million. 

  • Supporting Wildlife Patrol Teams working across the Leuser Ecosystem. The work has resulted in a zero kill rate for Sumatran rhinos and reduced poaching by up to 95 % within three months.

Sustainable development goals
SDG 15 Life on Land

The mission

Farwiza is on a mission to protect and restore the health of the Leuser Ecosystem by empowering civil society to contribute to the wellbeing of the region.

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