Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) is an Indonesian conservation not-for-profit organization working to protect wildlife and its habitat, at the same time as supporting local communities. Their projects have been recognized by global organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme and the Whitley Fund for Nature.

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Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) is an Indonesian conservation not-for-profit organization working to protect wildlife and its habitat, at the same time as supporting local communities. Their projects have been recognized by global organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme and the Whitley Fund for Nature.

Each year dozens of volunteers, from Indonesia and across the world, visit the Nusa Penida sanctuary and get involved in the foundation’s reforestation and community development programs. Volunteers work in our nursery, our organic garden, plant trees, teach English, art and sustainable farming. Some stay a few days, while others stay for weeks and sometimes even months. 

Nusa Penida, a tiny island with a hilly interior, surrounded by coral reefs, has so far barely been touched by tourism.  It is home to around 45,000 people, though far fewer live permanently on the island. 

Everywhere you look on Nusa Penida, like all of Bali, women stroll along with baskets and boxes —  full of offerings to the Gods of Balinese Hinduism — balanced steadily on their heads.  And every now and then you hear the faint tweets and chirps from some of the more than 100 Bali starlings — one of world’s most endangered birds — that live freely on the island. 

This unique sanctuary takes in the neighbouring islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, and the 41 villages across all three islands have introduced traditional regulations agreeing to protect the birds. Indonesia has the world’s second-highest number of endangered birds. 

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