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RMI-Indonesian Institute for Forest and Environment

Bogor, Indonesia
Joined March 2021

Vision: sovereignty of the people, women and men, over land and natural resources for sustainable livelihood. Works: knowledge management, community organizing, policy advocacy, and public campaign.

Presence in: Indonesia
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Livelihoods, Policy Advocacy

RMI is an NGO that is legally constituted as a foundation (yayasan) by Notary Public on September 18, 1992 in Bogor, West Java. RMI has been developing grassroot programs that facilitate community-based natural resources management and biodiversity conservation in upland West Java and Banten.

The programmes for grassroot levels are ranging from capacity building programmes (e.g.: Women Field School, Youth Field School, Community Field School, and Local Community Organiser’s School). RMI also develop environmental education facilitator club to facilitate in-situ and ex-situ environmental education activities in RMI’s learning sites named REPLING (Rute Pendidikan Lingkungan/Environmental Education Route). The latter programme is designed to enhance support from wider public groups, especially those in urban area, in regards with issues that relates with RMI’s work (e.g. to decrease stigma toward indigenous people’s groups, to enhance more environmentally-friendly lifestyle). Development of volunteers platform to connect rural-urban communities in building solidarities between youth are conducted by hosting Relawan for Life (

In these grass-root programs, RMI works closely with both local women and men of various community groups, including indigenous people (particularly the Kasepuhan Banten Kidul community), and young people as one of our specific target groups. In its works, RMI consciously applies gender equality principles and practices. RMI also works in network to accelerate the advocacy for policy changes. The collaborative works are very useful to prepare the legal aspects, to conduct participatory mapping and to gather data and information. RMI also conducts various researches to support our advocacy and community works, such as land grabbing impacts on women, rural youth’s connectedness with their land, land tenure on local and indigenous peoples.

People Associated With This Organization

Wahyubinatara Fernandez

RMI-Indonesian Institute for Forest and...
Joined March 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Policy Advocacy
I'm a social worker, and currently working with RMI-Indonesian Institute for Forest and Environment. Our work is advocating for the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Community who live inside and/or around Forest Area in Indonesia. I get in touch with Namati through the Community Land Protection Initiatives, a learning facility provided by International Land Coalition, Namati, and iied in which several organizations from Asia, are sharing and put to practice useful tools to work with the community in protecting their land. The current challenge that threatens IPLC community in Indonesia is state capture, especially after the enactment of the Omnibus Law on Job Creation. In that light -or shadow to be more precise, I hope to learn more about community legal empowerment by joining this network.
Wahyubinatara Fernandez is the network champion (main point of contact) for RMI-Indonesian Institute for Forest and Environment.

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