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Organizational Journey

The Birdlife Indonesia Association, or Burung Indonesia, is an Indonesian legal organization founded on July 15th, 2002, to conserve Indonesian wild birds and their habitats. Burung Indonesia is the only BirdLife International Partner in Indonesia and is part of the BirdLife International Global Partnership, which includes 119 organizations worldwide.

The founders of Burung Indonesia were Ani Mardiastuti, Wahjudi Wardojo, A. Sonny Keraf, Effendy A. Sumardja, Rudy Badil, Sampurno Kadarsan, and Richard Grimmett. Ani Mardiastuti was the first Chairperson of the Association's Board. Sukianto Lusli was the first executive director of Burung Indonesia until 2009. He was succeeded by Agus Budi Utomo, who served until 2016. The third Executive Director is Dian Agista.

In the first five years, Burung Indonesia's conservation actions were implemented in Sumba, Flores, Tanimbar, Halmahera, and Sangihe-Talaud. During this period, one of the important notes was the establishment of Hutan Harapan, an innovative program following the publication of a breakthrough regulation by the Government of Indonesia: ecosystem restoration in production forests. Hutan Harapan aimed to save Sumatra's remaining lowland forests. 

In the next period, Burung Indonesia expanded its conservation actions to new areas, including Gorontalo. The Wallacea Partnership Program was initiated. In collaboration with over 100 Civil Society Organizations in Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara, and Maluku Islands, the program has succeeded in expanding the geographical scope of Burung Indonesia's conservation actions, not limited to terrestrial ecosystems but also to include coastal, marine, and freshwater ecosystems.

Towards the second decade of its establishment, Burung Indonesia began to build conservation entrepreneurship to contribute to economic development in important biodiversity sites and sustain the organization's long-term funding. The Java Program was initiated by conservation activities of songbird species and their habitats in the western part of Java Island. Identification of Important Birds and Biodiversity Areas in Papua has also started. The era of the Membership Program began in this period, which was on July 15th, 2017.

In the early second decade, conservation actions in coastal and marine ecosystems underwent significant development, covering the waters of South Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, Banggai Islands, and Tomini Gulf. Moreover, in collaboration with local governments and communities, Burung Indonesia continues developing various approaches to sustainable natural resource management in terrestrial ecosystems. One important achievement to note is the success of the Mbeliling Landscape Multiventure Cooperative in West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, in obtaining a Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) certificate.

The membership and public-participated events, including the regulars since 2017, are the Asian Waterbird Census, Raptor Migratory Watch, Celebrating Bird Diversity in Indonesia, Nature Trip, and Tea Time with Burung Indonesia.

The first five-yearly Members General Meeting since the start of the membership era was held on July 15th, 2021. The meeting's outcome, among others, was the approval of the new Board of Management led by Nuning S. Barwa and the Board of Supervisory chaired by DR. R. Boedi Mranata. As Executive Director, Dian Agista currently leads the Office of the Association.

On April 15th, 2023, Burung Indonesia moved to its self-owned office in East Bogor, Bogor City. As of December 2023, there were 89 employees at the Burung Indonesia Office, spread across the head office in Bogor, as well as at work sites in Sumba (Pondok Kerja Anakalang, Central Sumba), Flores (Pondok Kerja Roe, West Manggarai), Gorontalo (Pondok Kerja Marisa, Pohuwato), Banggai, Sangihe, and Halmahera. Burung Indonesia's Management Team comprises the executive director, head of units, and representative of senior staffs, namely Dian Agista, Adi Widyanto, Henny Sembiring, Muhammad Meisa, and Ria Saryanthi.


To become a leading bird conservation organization, and with the support of Indonesian people, to preserve all birds and their habitats.


  1. To preserve the diversity of Indonesian birds and their habitats.
  2. Working together with Indonesian communities to achieve a sustainable development.
  3. To build appreciation, understanding, care, and love for birds and the environment.

Work Area

Strategic Goals

1 Conservation actions based on terrestrial and coastal-ocean ecosystems that effectively strengthen the protection of important bird species and habitats.

2 Increased public participation in actions and discourse on the preservation of birds and their habitats.

3 Strong entrepreneurship to support conservation action and organizational development.