About us


Was founded January, 2022. Joined by several friends of varied backgrounds, YAPPENDA was finally birthed after years of dreaming and is a conservation and sustainable development focused NGO based in Papua. We are formally registered in Indonesia, Papua with registration number: AHU-0006309.AH.01.12.Tahun 2022 


We are a new organisation, but our staff are all highly experienced in Forestry, Mangroves, Green Economy and Development work. Our board include Dr. Henni O’Hee and Evie Warikar, who lecture at UNCEN. Dr. O'Hee has a Doctorate in Biology from Germany’s University of Göttingen.


To date, we have planted over 5,500 trees (indigenous species) including fruit trees, nitrogen fixers, and lumber trees. Our current failure rate is 6%. We have also begun a mangrove planting operation as of October 2023. In July 2023, YAPPENDA participated with the local university (UNCEN), government partners BBKSDA and BRIN in an Oxford University-led expedition on Mount Cyclops (Jayapura, Papua). 


A thriving Papua, where indigenous Papuans are empowered into protecting and restoring their natural environment for the benefit of their culture and livelihood.

To protect, advocate for, sustain and restore the natural environment through empowerment of indigenous Papuans. 
  • Develop indigenous community-led projects that incorporate sustainable and long-term integrated forest, water, livelihood, and cultural restoration plans for at least three important sites by 2030
  • Protect and sustainably manage 2700 ha of indigenous land by 2030
  • Protect and empower indigenous co-management of 75,000 ha of protected areas by 2030
  • Restore 2700 ha of important watershed and culturally important land by 2030
  • Improve the livelihoods of 50,000 indigenous households by 2030
  • Improve access to suitable education for 2,000 children by 2030
  • Demonstrably enhance cultural preservation of at least two indigenous peoples by 2030


  • Guided by indigenous values and knowledge 
  • Deep and sustained local consultation 
  • Reliance on traditional Papuan methods of reaching agreements and receiving support 
  • Act as a collaborator, bringing government, civil society, religious groups, corporations, academic institutions, donors, and others together in support of indigenous Papuan needs and desires 
  • Diverse representation including gender, tribal groups, culture, and religion


  •   Reforestation and restoration 
  •  Livelihood development 
  •  Education 
  •  Protected Area establishment and indigenous management that is co-management  

    • Wildlife crime prevention 
    • Exploration, science, and monitoring  

Focal Areas:
    • Yali indigenous territory 
    • Cyclops Mountains (Tepera and Ormu language groups)
    • Lake Sentani


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Photographs (in process)