Ussi Abuu: (UA) WildHub Core Community member who is working towards the Conservation Catalyst status.
Fahri Budiman (FB) has a variety of work experience in conservation. He started as a young researcher, then he worked in Ecosystem Restoration and also gained experience with community development. Right now he works as management support at orangutan conservation sites. These are the interviews I did with this Indonesian environmental expert (research and species management) called Fahri Budiman:
Ussi: Let's talk a little bit about our environment.
1. What inspired you to become an environmentalist?
Fahri: Actually I always curious about nature from my childhood, whenever my father ask me to camp around our home, or visit remote area, it made me happy and want more. So from that, I always take activity or event involved with nature such as exploring forest. So it goes on until now, and I am now involved in various conservation action.
Ussi: Let’s talk a little bit more about your involvement with WildHub.
2. How did you hear about WildHub and why did you join?
Fahri: I heard about WildHub from WildTeam UK when I attend their training Program Management for Wildlife Conservation. In that training we, the participant, ask to join the WildHub to connect conservationist around the world.
Ussi: Let's talk a little bit more about conservation action.
3. For someone that wants to be a leader in conservation, what are the top 5 lessons you can share with us?
Fahri: Actually, I'm just started my conservation career, but what I can share is;
first- Set your goal, meaning that you should set your goal with conservation, what you wanna achieve and it could be a long time goal.
Second- Find a place or team that you can achieve your goal. The people around us are of much influence to our decisions.
Third- Make connections, as many as you can, so you can learn from others
Fourth- Never stop to learn something (even that you already know), you can learn from training, discussion and other people
Fifth- Increase your skill in your focus area.
Ussi: Thanks Fahri for your insights and wisdom, I would love to hear more about how you came to be an expert in research and species management.
4. How does your work impact other people in conservation?
Fahri: What I know is, I hope my work can be useful to other people. Such as my work with community development and carbon stock that we achieved from restoration.
Ussi: Let's talk a little bit more about the challenge/problems in your area of conservation.
5. What's the biggest challenge in your area of conservation?
Fahri: To gained other people's trust and keep it. It so hard and we must go down a difficult road to keep it.
Ussi: Thanks Fahri for sharing your insights and wisdom with our WildHub members and many others around the world, I particularly like your perspective or insights on environmental sustainability.
6. What's the most important advances that have been made in your area of conservation in the last few years?
Fahri: I try different approach to help community around the forest to help the livelihood. Focus on what they have, and enhance what they have. so we don't have to change anything.
Ussi: As we wrap up our conversation today,
Is there anything else you would like to share with our WildHub members?
Fahri: I think open up about experience is a good thing, so other people who work in some area can learn something
Ussi: I wish you well and 🙏🏽thanks again for sharing with us, for more information about Fahri Conservation work please visit here: Yayasan Ekosistem Lestar