Founded in early 2000, Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL; Foundation for Sustainable Ecosystems) is an institution focused on environmental issues and community development, especially those living around conservation areas. The establishment of this institution is a positive response to the emergence of various environmental issues and nature conservation in particular to the threat of pollution and the extinction of life support systems is important for all beings in the world. In running its programmes, YEL refers to the vision and mission as follows:
To preserve the environment with sustainable benefits for the whole community.
To carry out works and efforts for environmental conservation with sustainable benefits for the whole community . To realise this mission, YEL does not rule out the possibility to give broad contribution in the region of North Sumatra, in Indonesia or even for the international communities, prioritising participatory approaches, scientific based sustainable solution and human interests.
YEL has a strong commitment to achieve its vision and mission through following programme activities:
- Promotion and endorsement of nature conservation in Indonesia;
- Improvement of community awareness and concerns towards a sustainable environment;
- Planning and implementation of appropriate management in the context of environmental education and nature conservation programmes through the conservation of orangutan and the development of eco-tourism;
- Provision of support and endorsement to environmental conservation;
- Provision of humanitarian aid.