TNKS Trains 19 Personnel to Monitor Tiger Population
Kerinci Seblat National Park (BBTNKS) in collaboration with Center for Education and Training, Ministry of Environment and Forestry conducted “Sumatran Tiger Population Monitoring Training”, to conservation area management personnel and partners. This activity – supported by Sumatran Tiger Project – was held on October 8-13, 2018, in Sungai Penuh City, Jambi Province.
The training was attended by 19 participants from Kerinci Seblat National Park, Gunung Leuser National Park, Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, BKSDA North Sumatra, BKSDA Jambi, KSDA Bengkulu – Lampung, Lampung KPH Unit 1 Kerinci KPHP , PT. Supreme Energy Muara Labuh, Sumatra Dharmasraya Tiger Rehabilitation Center (PR-HSD), MIPA Faculty of Andalas University, Forestry Faculty of West Sumatra Muhammadiyah University, Faculty of Forestry Jambi University, and Conservation Society Institution – ICS.
The training used guidelines signed by Director General of Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation, in reference to KLHK PUSDIKLAT Sumatran Tiger Population Monitoring Training Curriculum that discusses KLHK Policy in Sumatran Tiger Conservation, Important Value of Sumatran Tiger Conservation, Sumatran Tiger Bio-ecology, Introduction to Sumatran Tiger Monitoring and Camera Traps, Survey Design, data base and data management, methods for monitoring populations (occupancy & population density), estimating and monitoring Sumatran tigers, and preparing action plans.
In his opening remarks, representing the Head of BBTNKS, Agusman, S.P, M.Sc., said that one of main performance indicators of Directorate General of KSDAE – KLHK is increasing population of 25 priority protected species, including Sumatran tiger species.
“At present, we do not have a uniform methodology to monitor the population of Sumatran tigers, either due to gaps in knowledge and understanding, limited human resources or other things. This training is very important, and we thank Sumatran Tiger Project for facilitating this training,”he said.
The teaching team in this training came from LHK HR PUSDIK and other relevant organizations. They trainers are Dr. Ir. Novianto Bambang W, M.Sc and Ir. Waldemar Hasiholan, M.Sc., Irene Margareth R. Pinondang – SINTAS Indonesia, Wido R. Albert – FFI IP and Tomi Ariyanto – ZSL IP.
At the end of the activity, Ir. Rusman, as Head of Conservation Technical Division of BBTNKS asked all participants – representatives of 14 institutions / institutions – to develop the knowledge that had been obtained. “Through Sumatran Tiger Population Monitoring Training activities, it is expected that participants can plan surveys and monitoring, analyze data and provide management recommendations related to Sumatran tiger conservation,” he said.