The ecosystem conservation program is designed to increase the capacity of women, students and community members to manage and develop sustainable local economies, strengthen civil society and achieve self-sufficiency.
ExxonMobil’s grant will allow the Leuser International Foundation to provide textbooks and training to teachers, students and others in the community to improve their knowledge of environmental issues. The donation will also increase support to the Conservation Village and Women’s Economic Group to assist community development and fund an elephant patrol unit to prevent illegal logging and poaching. The Leuser International Foundation will provide quarterly reports on the success of the programs.
"We are proud to contribute to the Leuser International Foundation so that it can support its conservation programs,” said Jon Gibbs, president and general manager of ExxonMobil affiliates in Indonesia. “Over the years, our partnership has helped improve environmental awareness and community development, two causes that are central to ExxonMobil and its affiliates.”
The Leuser ecosystem is the third-largest tropical rain forest complex in the world, after the Amazon rain forest in Brazil and the Ituri rain forest in Africa. It is located in the northern region of Sumatra Island, within the provinces of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam and North Sumatra.
About ExxonMobil and Leuser International Foundation
ExxonMobil and the Leuser International Foundation have been working together for more than a decade, during which Exxon Mobil Corporation has contributed nearly $1 million. Along with directly supporting the foundation, ExxonMobil also works with the Leuser National Park, which is located in the Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam and North Sumatra provinces, stretching from the Indian Ocean coastline to the Strait of Malacca. ExxonMobil and the Leuser International Foundation have planted more than 14,000 trees along the park’s buffer zone, developed a microfinance institution for the local community and helped develop the economy of surrounding villages.
About ExxonMobil in Indonesia
Subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil Corp. and its predecessors have been operating in Indonesia for 115 years and have invested more than $19 billion in the country since 1968. Mobil Cepu Ltd. (MCL) is the operator of the Cepu block, with a 45 percent interest. The other co-venturers are Pertamina (45 percent interest) and four local government companies (10 percent interest). The Banyu Urip project is the first development under the Cepu contract area and involves the development of the Banyu Urip oil field.