Fauna & Flora to share in £10m for Aceh rebuilding

Anita Pati

Fauna & Flora International has received the first international humanitarian aid grant specifically for environmental work, to carry out post-tsunami reconstruction in the Indonesian province of Aceh.

The £10m grant is from the Multi Donor Trust Fund for Aceh and North Sumatra, administered by the World Bank, and is unusual because the one-off environmental award is distinct from the World Bank's normal environmental grant-making.

The money will be split between the British charity and an Indonesian NGO. It aims to ensure that tropical forest and mangrove ecosystems are protected and made sustainable during the reconstruction process, when building materials for houses and schools will create a high demand for timber supplies.

"This grant is very unusual for us in terms of size," said Liesje Birchenough, Asia Pacific co-ordinator at Fauna & Flora. "But they have recognised that part of helping the reconstruction is protecting the environment."

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