John Tasirin, Head local nature conservation organisation PALS, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Sulawesi’s natural environment has never had a better friend than John Tasirin, nor a more effective one. With his open-hearted honesty, generosity, broad knowledge, practical skill, and enormous commitment to wildlife and natural areas, John combines a rare ability to make conservation actually happen on the ground with the capacity to inspire others to follow his example. Whether it’s the villagers who called him for guidance and leadership on what to do to protect their sea turtles or the governor of North Sulawesi whom he persuaded to adopt the conservation posture as his legacy for the future, John has already been responsible for the happy salvation of countless aspects of Sulawesi’s environmental integrity—and for the inspiration of innumerable Sulawesians who now, thanks to John, are working to understand and protect the global treasure that is their home.
John is employee of the Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia Program and Head of the local nature conservation organisation PALS. John also teaches at the Faculty of Agriculture of the Sam Ratulangi University in Manado. His knowledge and influence have led to the development of an innovative approach to Maleo conservation, to developing the protection of Tangkoko and Gunung Ambang nature reserves, to improving the management of Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park, to the placing of an effective moratorium on commercial logging in North Sulawesi and to limiting the spread of industrial scale mining.