About Us

About US

Our organization is a platform for people to exchange and share ideas on conservation and development. We want to help achieve sustainable and productive landscapes and seascapes. We welcome people who share our passion for nature and people.

History and Mission Statement

Tanah Air Beta is a platform for people to exchange, share and experiment practical solutions for achieving conservation and development. We are a non-governmental organization based in Indonesia, supporting local partners in achieving sustainable and productive landscapes and seascapes. Tanah Air Beta was established in 2016, formed by a group of action-researchers and conservation and development practitioners interested in addressing conservation and development challenges at the landscape scale. We understand landscapes are complex social-ecological systems and they require holistic, problem focused, collaborative efforts to address their challenges of delivering sustainable societal benefits. Our members are diverse and have years of experience working in conservation, development, research and private sector organizations. In the past five years, we have focused our attention on local NGOs and Universities in Indonesia, creating platforms for research and engagement in sentinel landscapes. We have intimate knowledge of the development challenges facing Indonesia and the critical environmental risks they confront. We recognize that as Indonesia moves along its development pathway, management for conservation and development will need continuing adaptation. We continue to grow from past experiences and believe that our interventions have led to better conservation outcomes on the ground.

Sejarah dan Misi

Tanah Air Beta merupakan wadah bagi berbagai pihak untuk berbagi informasi, pengalaman, dan solusi praktis demi mencapai konservasi dan pembangunan berkelanjutan. Kami merupakan lembaga swadaya masyarakat yang berbasis di Indonesia, yang juga mendukung partner-partner lokal dalam mencapai pengembangan lanskap (landscape) dan seascape yang produktif serta berkelanjutan. Tanah Air Beta didirikan pada tahun 2016 oleh peneliti dan praktisi konservasi dan pembangunan yang tertarik untuk menjawab masalah-masalah dalam kedua bidang tersebut pada skala lanskap. Kami memahami bahwa lanskap terdiri dari sistem sosial-ekologi yang kompleks dan membutuhkan pemahaman yang holistik, berfokus pada permasalahan yang muncul, serta adanya upaya kerja sama agar masyarakat dapat menikmati manfaat yang berkepanjangan. Anggota kami terdiri dari praktisi yang telah mempunyai pengalaman dalam bidang konservasi, pembangunan, penelitian, dan organisasi swasta lain. Pada kurun waktu 5 tahun, kami telah bekerja sama dengan LSM lokal dan universitas-universitas di Indonesia dalam menciptakan wadah bagi para peneliti untuk melakukan penelitian dan membangun interaksi dalam lanskap. Kami mempunyai wawasan yang cukup mendalam terkait dengan tantangan pembangunan yang dihadapi oleh Indonesia dan risiko lingkungan yang ditimbulkan. Kami juga menyadari bahwa pengelolaan konservasi dan pembangunan harus terus beradaptasi seiring dengan pembangunan yang terjadi di Indonesia. Kami akan terus berkembang dengan bertambahnya pengalaman kami dan yakin bahwa intervensi yang telah kami lakukan mempunyai dampak yang baik terhadap konservasi.

Our Team

Our team is spread out through Indonesia and Australia. Our activities focus on South East Asia and the Pacific region.

INTU BOEDIHARTONO
VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGIST, PAINTER & PROFESSOR IN TROPICAL LANDSCAPES & LIVELIHOODS
Born in Indonesia and studied in France. Has worked with international & local organization on community engagement in remote regions of Indonesia and Africa. Painter by passion, interested in people’s diverse cultures, loves the environment. She is committed to inter-disciplinary science and in the links between arts & science.

JEFF SAYER
ECOLOGIST & PROFESSOR OF CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT
British origin. Lived most of his live outside the UK, work extensively in Africa, Asia, SE Asia and Australia. Founding Director of CIFOR. Worked with the World Bank, FAO, WWF and IUCN.

ERDI LAZUARDI
MARINE SCIENTIST, FISHERIES & MARINE PROTECTED AREAS MANAGEMENT

Born in Java. Did his degree in Bogor and Australia. Worked with various organization active in conservation of marine protected areas (WWF, CI, CTC). Now based in Eastern Indonesia.


MERCY RAMPENGAN

DISASTER RISK SPECIALIST & GEOGRAPHER
Born in Manado. Did his degree in Manado and Australia. Lecturer at State University of Manado and active in Indonesian Red Cross (North Sulawesi Chapter).

LALU ADI GUNAWAN
SOCIAL SCIENCES & CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION
Born in Lombok. Educated in Malang and Australia. His research focusses on community-based climate change adaptation throughout the islands of Nusa Tenggara.


JAMES LANGSTON
POLITICAL ECOLOGY & DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONER
James was born in England, grew up in the USA. He started studying development in Tanzania, then worked in the private sector as an environmental engineer in the USA.  He moved to Australia and has been working with colleagues in Indonesia on the impact of Spatial Development Initiatives and other investments on local livelihoods and the environment.

REBECCA RIGGS
SYSTEMS ANALYST
Rebecca was born in Adelaide, Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and followed this with a Master’s degree in Development Practice. Her interests are in patterns of land use change, governance and livelihoods.

ADINDA RIZKY HERDIANTI
ECONOMIST, LIVELIHOODS AND GENDER
Born in Jakarta, Adinda majored in population, labour, and household economics for her Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Indonesia. Her areas of interest include decision-making processes within families, population dynamics, and gender related issues.

EMILIO VALERI
ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMIST
Graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Indonesia. Emilio’s past research experience includes wealth distribution and resource management in local communities. He is interested in scale dynamics of resource management.

CHRIS MARGULES
ECOLOGIST AND CONSERVATION SCIENTIST
Born in Canberra, Chris led the Tropical Landscapes Program of CSIRO before becoming senior vice president responsible for the Asia Pacific Division of Conservation International. He has worked in Africa, PNG and Australia and now spends much of his time working with Indonesian scientists and practitioners on conservation and development programmes in Indonesia. Chris is a research associate at the University of Indonesia and an adjunct professor at James Cook University.

DITTA RACHMAWATI
MANAGEMENT SUPPORT
Ditta was born in Java. She graduated from Social and Political Science Institute, Jakarta. With background in communication and journalism, she worked with various prints and electronic media in Indonesia concerning social issues and eco-tourism. Currently, she is based in Bali. She holds the TAB secretariat in our headquarter in Bali.

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