From 2003-2008, Forest-Species Program of WWF-Indonesia has achieved numerous targets, among others:
- In 2005, WWF-Indonesia’s major accomplishment was securing the commitment of the three governments of Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia to share one vision for the Heart of Borneo (HoB), an initiative to conserve and achieve sustainable development across 22 million hectares of Asia’s largest trans-boundary tropical forests in Borneo. This commitment was re-affirmed at the ASEAN Heads of State summit in December 2005 and the CBD COP 8 in Brazil in 2006. The commitment of the three Governments was sealed by the signing of a joint declaration in February 2007 which ended the campaign period and started the preparatory phase for the implementation of the HoB program.
- In 2004, WWF-Indonesia gained recognition for its work when the Government at CBD COP 7 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, declared its commitment to establish 12 new protected areas. Three of them were WWF’s sites, i.e. Tesso Nilo in Riau, Sebangau in Central Kalimantan, and Jamursba Medi in Papua.
- WWF was instrumental in formulating the national species action plans for orang-utans, rhinoceros, elephants and tigers. These action plans were formalized in 2007.
- As of 2008, through GFTN Indonesia, WWF had facilitated membership of more than 30 private companies and production of FSC certified timbers from more than 700,000 hectares. WWF also facilitates the development of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and criteria & principles for sustainable palm oil production. The adoption of the criteria and principles in Indonesia was completed with the incorporation of the HCVF principles. As per January 2008, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with five individual companies for HCVF assessment as part of the implementation of the RSPO criteria, while one company applied for certification process.
- Until 2004, WWF-Indonesia has assisted the Government of Indonesia in the establishment of forest conservation areas, including Wasur National Park, Lorentz National Park, and Arfak Strict Nature Reserve in Papua; Kayan Mentarang and Betung Kerihun National Parks in Kalimantan; Bukit Tigapuluh National Park in Sumatra. In the development of Management Plans for those areas, WWF promotes the role of local communities in natural resource management and encourages legal recognition for customary rights over access and use of natural resources in protected areas that are important for communities’ livelihoods.
- WWF-Indonesia continues to strengthen local institutions and community groups (YWL, YBAW, Yayasan Silo, FoMMA, FORMADAT, FORMAS, FORUM Tesso Nilo) for their effective participations in natural resource management and development of sustainable livelihoods.
- Population monitoring for Javan rhinoceros and orang-utan pograms are respectively ongoing in Ujung Kulon, Sebangau and Betung Kerihun National Park. In 2006, four rhino calves were captured through camera traps in Ujung Kulon while in 2008 the first video footage of Javan rhino was produced. The orang-utan viability surveys in Betung Kerihun identified two important habitats within the park and in the connecting forest corridor leading to the Danau Sentarum National Park. While reforestation effort in the corridor has been carried through planting of orang-utan food trees which involved local community groups.
- Human-wildlife conflict mitigation efforts in Bukit Barisan Selatan and the operation of the Elephant Flying Squads in Tesso Nilo have resulted in diminished human-elephant conflicts. Since they began operating in 2004, the Flying Squads have been able to reduce losses of a local community from elephant raids by 94%, starting from approximately 16 million Rupiah (US 1,740) to around 1 million Rupiah (USD 109) per month on average
- Since 2005, WWF-Indonesia formed a coalition “Eyes on the Forest“(EoF) with numbers of environmental NGOs in Riau, Sumatra: Friends of the Earth Riau Office, Jikalahari "Riau Forest Rescue Network". EoF monitors the status of the remaining natural forests in Sumatra's Province of Riau and disseminates the information worldwide. Eyes on The Forest’s work has been instrumental in tackling illegal logging in Riau province
- In 2008, a series of lobbying and campaign facilitated by WWF and NGO forum called ForTRUST (Sumatra island land use Forum) resulted in a high level commitment made by ten Sumatran governors for saving the island’s ecosystem. This agreement was signed in Jakarta on 18 September 2008 committing all Sumatran Governors along with four Indonesian Ministries : The Ministry of Forestry, State Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Ministry of Public Works to (1) establish ecosystem-based land-use planning; (2) restore critical areas; and (3) protect areas with high conservation value. The positive commitment made by the government was highlighted at IUCN World Conservation Congress’ side event on 8-10 October 2008 in Barcelona, Spain.