Adam Miller has been fascinated by tropical birds his whole life. As a child, he could sit on the porch outside of his home in Missouri for hours and hours, meticulously observing and recording every single bird that came to eat the birdfeed he laid out for them. His exceptional attention for detail and great ability to truly listen, revealed that he would become a great conservationist. His first encounter with them in a pet shop made him curious about their origins, and led him to the place they originally came from; Indonesia.
Vision and Approach
Indonesia is home to 17% of all plants and animals on earth. Every year, over 600,000 birds from 120 species are trapped and traded in Indonesia alone, this includes threatened species. In 2014, Adam founded Planet Indonesia, an NGO aimed to protect Red List species and to restore ecosystem functioning in Borneo. The organisation provides community based services in business, education and women’s healthcare. In this way, Planet Indonesia creates solutions that catalyse holistic conservation while improving human well-being. Adam also works with governments and agencies to address wildlife crime and launched the first community-based smart patrols and marine patrols in Gunung Niut Nature Reserve and West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Impact of the Future For Nature Award
- With the financial support of the Future For Nature Award, Adam plans to set up the ‘bird market micro-finance programme’. A programme that offers small loans to bird shop owners to enrol them in Planet Indonesia’s flagship entrepreneurship programme to kick-start an alternative business. This model aims to close bird markets, while empowering wildlife traders to engage in alternative livelihood strategies.
- The smart patrol teams in Gunung Niut Nature Park to protect one of the largest populations of Helmeted Hornbills were expanded
“Adam Miller tackles a truly bio rich yet overlooked region of Indonesia. He shows great dedication and has achieved quite a lot of success in this difficult region plagued with logging, poaching animal trade, illegal mining and officials corruption.” John MacKinnon