WARSI is an organizational network established in January 1992,
with membership made up of twelve NGOs from four provinces in Sumatra
(South Sumatra, West Sumatra, Bengkulu and Jambi), whose focus is biodiversity
conservation and community development. But since July 2002, WARSI was
amended become Indonesian Conservation Community - WARSI. The new name
is aimed to create an obvious justification of what WARSI has been fighting
for is conservation.
cooperates and maintains a dialogue with a number of different parties
connected with conservation and development in the four southern
Sumatran provinces, including the Regional Planning Authority (Bappeda),
the Nature Conservation Agency (PHPA), institutions of higher learning,
private agencies and other concerned groups. WARSI is also not limited
to NGOs but is open to professionals and teachers as well as other
groups who are interested in being involved in its activities.
was formed with the intention to work towards bringing about sustainable
development, or, in other words, development that can fulfill the needs
and guarantee the welfare and prosperity of people in the present,
without endangering the continued survival of future generations.
In the future,
WARSI's role as a clearing house of conservation related information
will not be restricted to the particular segments of society and organizations
already part of the WARSI's network, but will also reach out to
other NGOs and community groups outside southern Sumatra. In the coming
years, WARSI hopes to be involved with a greater number of organizations
and other groups and to have more members of its network, be they private
groups or individuals, institutes of higher learning or government agencies,
while at the same time becoming better equipped and informed.