Conservation GOING DEEP AND DOING IT RIGHT for nature and people
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.
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.
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
Protect and conserve vulnerable species and habitats
Education children and adults through schools, art, and activities on how to live more harmoniously with nature
Build more sustainable and healthy communities by providing employment, alternative livelihoods, and community benefits
Conduct field research to learn how to better assist species, habitats, and local communities flourish and sustain more harmoniously
Saving one of the world’s most unique and endangered birds
Safeguarding nesting beaches and hatching the next generation
Protecting the bats that maintain tropical forests
Preserving the forests that sustain life on earth
CONSERVATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
Educating and empowering a new generation of conservationists
ART FOR CONSERVATION
Expressing and celebrating love of nature and community
LAW ENFORCEMENT OUTREACH
Collaborating with law enforcement to end wildlife poaching and illegal timber harvest
QUALITY OF LIFE PROGRAMS
Exploring sustainable alternatives while respecting traditional practices
Enhancing the practical and social benefits of conservation
People-to-people conservation collaborations
Expanding scientific knowledge of Tompotika’s species and habitats
Investigating what we need to know to recover the endangered maleo