The Borneo Fellowship: Climate Change Action

July 31, 2017

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The Borneo Fellowship: Climate Change Action

About the Implementing organization

Name: Yayasan Planet Indonesia

Country: Indonesia

Year of establishment: 2012

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization, Legally recognized non-profit status, Women’s association or organization, Indigenous group or organization


The Borneo fellowship is one of the only programs that differs slightly from our other approaches. Through a selection process every year 100 fellows are trained through this program and provided seed funding to create and implement their own projects. Fellows (University students) are put through a 4 day intensive training then provided seed funding to implement their own projects over a 7 month period. After their projects are finished, we hold a second event which acts as an evaluation and public event where fellows share their project. Currently, 50 fellows are funded through our climate change program and 50 fellows through our wildlife trade program.

Nature Element

Forests / Oceans / Wildlife

Type of Action

Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

At Planet Indonesia, we are dedicated to evaluation and monitoring. Therefore, we wanted to see our impact level using a student evaluation pre-post test for our climate change fellowship:
-81% increase in participants' ability to describe the green house gas effect and how it drives climate change (13% Pre Camp ; 94% Post Camp)
-43% increase in ability to describe and differentiate between Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation (2% Pre Camp; 45% Post Camp)
-77% increase in ability to give real-life examples of mitigation strategies and adaptation strategies used by agencies and governments (17% Pre Camp ; 94% Post Camp)
-98% of students could give a specific example of a climate change mitigation or adaptation strategy in their local community (74% Pre Camp; 98% Post Camp)
-96% of students post-camp could accurately describe why reforestation and restoration was an essential climate change mitigation AND adaptation strategy (43% Pre Camp ; 96% Post Camp)

Sustainable Development Impacts

This program, although utilizes a slightly different approach, falls in line with Planet Indonesia’s objective of building self-reliant communities. We not only promote activism and solutions at the community level through this program, but also provide seed funding for each fellows projects. This intensive program is also intended to give individuals insight into working in a not-for-profit or a community-based organization. They go through the similar process of learning about an issues, designing a project, implementing it, and then evaluating the project based on a set of indicators. In fact, three of our current staff are previous fellows! Therefore, this program on a larger-scale enables and empowers the next generation of individuals who will lead initiatives related to sustainable development and conservation.


We acknowledge as this program is heavily reliant on donor funds, compared to our other projects, shows difficulty in scaling. As more money comes in more fellows can be trained and funded, however, scalability is limited because of financial dependency. Compared to our other programs that can self-sustain after 3-5 years, the Borneo Fellowship does require support from a donor.


The outline for this program can be easily replicated. In fact, our first cohor we only funded climate change fellows. However, because of the success of the program we have replicated the Borneo Fellowship to also include a wildlife trade cohort to help mitigate the negative impacts of the rampant Indonesian wildlife trafficking industry.

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