Adam Miller

Planet Indonesia

Big Idea: 
Community-led conservation in Indonesia

Planet Indonesia conserves ecosystems at risk of destruction. They help rural communities secure land rights, improve resource management and livelihoods, and catalyze governance. Planet Indonesia works in partnership with communities to create governing bodies, or Conservation Cooperatives, that will make decisions, get buy-in from the wider local population, and enforce conservation practices.

Back in 2013, Adam moved to Indonesia as a Fulbright Fellow to follow his childhood dream of becoming a tropical ornithologist. But after he saw the struggles of people living in rural Borneo, he realized that counting birds wasn’t the best way for him to positively impact the planet. So Adam and three co-founders created Planet Indonesia to put Indigenous and local communities back in control of their social and ecological trajectory.

Henry Arnhold Fellows