About Us


To defend the rights of those communities, who are negatively impacted by a strategic policy of production that sacrifices communities and destroys their environment.


Stand side by side with communities doing organizing, research,  and campaign against strategic production policies that ruin still existing sustainable relationships between communities and their environment.

Political orientation:

AEER’s political orientation follows an eco democratic socialism based on Pancasila. Since Suharto’s dictatorship, community organizing that critizised development policies and projects that destroyed the environment, has often been criminalized, repressed and attacked.

 AEER struggles for an improvement of management of natural resources management and  that helps build sustainable relationship of communities and their environmnet. 

Structure of organization:


Ririn Sefsani

Anto Sangaji

Franky Yafet Leonard Samperante


Coordinator             :  Pius Ginting

Secretary                  :  Emma Sihite (in active)

Treasure                    :  Woro Wahyunigtyas

Community Organizer Coordinator

: Isty Komah

Litigation and Policy advocacy coordinator

: Iki Dulagin,

Research coordinator

: Mayang Manguri

Data Management Coordinator

: Irendra Rajawali

Information System Team

: Data Brainanta, Bondan Sentanu

Regional team:

Yogyakarta                                           : Isty Komah, Himawan Pambudi

Central Sulawesi                                 : Syahrudin Etal

East Nusa Tenggara                         : Wien Carolus Keupung

South East Sulawesi                        : Bustaman


Arianto Sangadji, Former Executive Director Yayasan Tanah Merdeka Palu, Central Sulawesi. Doctor candidate, York University, Canada.

Ririn Sefsani, Former activist of People Democratic Party, consultant on governance and democratic reform issues. Curently works for Partnership of Government Reform (Kemitraan)

Pius Ginting, Former activist at FNPBI (National Front of Indonesian Labour’s Struggle) affiliated to People Democratic Party (1998-2001).  WALHI: mining and energy campaigner 2007-2014, and Head of Research Unit (2014-2016), Coal Campaigner of Auriga Nusantara (2016-2017)

Emma Sihite, PhD Researcher International Environmental Law, Maastricht Graduate School of Law, Maastricht University.

Isti Komah (Isty), social activist. After leading for “Sekar Production” in Jogjakarta she was volunteering at Democratic People Party and leading a mass organisation (National Peasant Union in Jakarta, 2003-2007), in charge of political and organisational programs, leading Institute for Woman Human Rights (2009-2010), working for the Institute for Business and People Economy (IBEKA, 2011-2013). Executive staff for Local Leaders Stewardship Programs(2014) and Pioneers Coordinator in The Pioneer Foundation (2015-now).

Iki Dulagin, former manager law advocacy of WALHI. Now active as a lawyer.

Mayang Manguri, Master of Science of Environmental Engineering of Institute Technology of Bandung, Post Graduated Course on Urban Water from  University of Duisburg Essen.

Irendra Rajawali, Ph.D Researcher at Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology – Germany

Workplan of AEER for the year 2017:

  1. To do a judicial review on forced land acquisition for public interest (Law 2/2012). That law contradicts with the constitution on property rights of communities. This law has been used by coal power companies to forcefully take over communities’ land although giving a small amounts of compensation money. For example in Batang, Central Java, paddy rice fields of local communities have been taken for 2X1000 MW coal power plants. 
  2. To conduct campaigns and advocacy to strengthen Indonesia air pollution control from coal power plants (Environmental Ministry Regulation No 21/2008 on Stationary Emitter) as Indonesia has a standard that is seven times lower than that of China on SO2-emissions. For Nox emissions the Indonesian standard is six times lowerthan that of China and seven times lower than that of Japano. Regarding standards on particulate matters from coal power plants Indonesian standards are three times worse than China and Japan. The research is on going. 
  3. To assist communities that are impacted by coal power plants in Central Java (community organizing, and possibility of legal action against coal power plant).
  4. To help communities to protect mangrove forest in Belitung Island. Mangroves are good absorbers of carbon dioxide.
  5. Raising awareness , reseacrh and campaign on the environmental and health impact of big minig operation (On going)
  1. AEER’s partner organization:


Institute Bentang Meratus (South Kalimantan), Gapabel (Belitung Province), SDA Sumsel Watch (South Sumatera), JATAM  Central Sulawesi (Central Sulawesi), LBH Kendari (South East Sulawesi)


Yayasan Pusaka, KNTI, Auriga Nusantara


London Mining Network