Conservation GOING DEEP AND DOING IT RIGHT for nature and people

Our Mission

The Alliance for Tompotika Conservation (ALTo) is committed to helping all of nature, including people, thrive.

Our work is centered in Sulawesi, Indonesia–one of Earth’s most unique biological treasure-houses. At the invitation of local communities, AlTo forges partnerships to protect and restore imperiled species, tropical rainforests, and other natural ecosystems while supporting the dignity and self-sufficiency of local communities in a changing world.

AlTo

INDONESIA IS THE WORLD’S BIODIVERSITY CAPITAL,

with more plant and animal species in its terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments than any other country in the world. Globally Indonesia also has more endangered species than almost any other country, most of them endangered by human activities.

The Alliance for Tompotika Conservation / Aliansi Konservasi Tompotika, called “AL-To” for short, is an international partnership dedicated to HELPING HEAL THE RELATIONSHIP  BETWEEN PEOPLE AND THE REST OF NATURE, starting in one very special place: the Tompotika Peninsula on Indonesia’s island of Sulawesi.

SIDE BY SIDE WITH LOCAL PEOPLE, 

AlTo works to conserve endangered species and natural areas. At the same time, our partnerships support the dignity, self-sufficiency, and sustainability of the human communities in the area.

OVERVIEW

Learn about who we are and what we do

AlTo’s News Blog

September 2021: This is how it grows

Poni is part of a new generation in Tompotika—a generation coming of age with new attitudes and habits with respect to nature. Scan Tompotika’s human landscape of hope, and one’s gaze now rests not only on Roma, but on Poni, and growing ranks of young people like her.   READ MORE

July 2021: The Bat Defender

Pak Warman, 54, is a fisherman in Taima village, Tompotika. He and his wife Ibu Yati have five children that they have raised in a simple hut on the ocean shore, where they look across at Tangkuladi Island. Tangkuladi serves as a daytime roosting site for thousands of flying foxes, or fruit bats.  READ MORE

May 2021: A lesson from WWII

In the United States, this coming Monday, May 31st—Memorial Day—we will remember and honor those who fought and died serving in our nation’s military. Sadly, this encompasses scores of armed conflicts and more than a million human deaths in the U.S. alone—not to mention those in other nations.  READ MORE

March 2021: The Pandemic: Everybody needs to know this

It’s now a familiar picture all over the world: millions of lives lost; folks locked down at home; kids unable to attend school; businesses devastated; widespread and enormous suffering. Every one of us can tell a story of our own lived experience of loss—and all because of the Covid-19 pandemic.   READ MORE

What we do

CONSERVATION

 Protect and conserve vulnerable species and habitats

EDUCATION

 Education children and adults through schools, art, and activities on how to live more harmoniously with nature

SUSTAINABILITY

 Build more sustainable and healthy communities by providing employment, alternative livelihoods, and community benefits

Research

 Conduct field research to learn how to better assist species, habitats, and local communities flourish and sustain more harmoniously

Core Programs

FIELD PROGRAMS

MALEO

Saving one of the world’s most unique and endangered birds

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SEA TURTLES

Safeguarding nesting beaches and hatching the next generation

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BATS

Protecting the bats that maintain tropical forests

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FORESTS

Preserving the forests that sustain life on earth

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OUTREACH PROGRAMS

CONSERVATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

Educating and empowering a new generation of conservationists

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ART FOR CONSERVATION

Expressing and celebrating  love of nature and community

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LAW ENFORCEMENT OUTREACH

Collaborating with law enforcement to end wildlife poaching and illegal timber harvest

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QUALITY OF LIFE PROGRAMS

ALTERNATIVE LIVELIHOODS

Exploring sustainable alternatives while respecting traditional practices

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COMMUNITY BENEFITS

Enhancing the practical and social benefits of conservation

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ECO-SERVICE PROJECTS

People-to-people conservation collaborations

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RESEARCH PROGRAMS

BIOLOGICAL SURVEYS

Expanding scientific knowledge of Tompotika’s species and habitats

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MALEO RESEARCH

Investigating what we need to know to recover the endangered maleo

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