Training Increases Capacity of TNKS Patrol Officers
Sumatran Tiger Project supported training to identify trees, raffles, carcasses, birds and animal trails, to collect evidence and compile incident reports on forestry crime for field officers implementing SMART (Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool) in Kerinci Seblat National Park from 25 to 27 June 2019. The activity is part of PIU Sumatran Tiger Project’s work plan in TNKS landscape in 2019.
Raflesia, carrion flowers, Sumatran tigers, Sumatran elephants and hornbills are curretly parts of TNKS’s Important Values (NPK). It is important to identify these important faunas and floras for better management planning.
Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) is a tool to collect systematic and valid spatial data which can be analyzed to improve effectiveness of conservation area management.
The training aims to improve the knowledge, skills and work attitudes of officers, so they could be able to produce field data from quality patrol activities. Patrol activities are carried out as an effort to protect the area, retrieve data and information from the field. The ability of field officers to identify potential biodiversity and threats is important to obtain good quality field data.
Theoretical learning was conducted in class at Sungai Penuh Arafah Hotel, followed by 2 days of field practice around KSNP area at Sungai Penuh Resort, Bukit Tapan, Kerinci Regency.
Training Materials consist of:
1. Vision of SMART-based Patrol facilitated by Wido R Albert (FFI IP, Sungai Penuh)
2. Method to identify potential tree data by Dr. Nurainas, M.Sc (Andalas University Lecturer)
3. Method to identify and collect raffle data and carcass flowers delivered by Septi Andriki from Komunitas Peduli Puspa Langka Bengkulu Utara (KPPLBU)
4. Method to identify and retrieve bird data and animal traces by Dr. Wilson Novarino, M.Sc (Lecturer at Andalas University)
5. Techniques to collect evidence and compile reports on forestry crime by Ipda. Jeki Noviardi, SH.
Training participants were representatives of field officers from 15 resorts of the Central Office of Kerinci Seblat National Park, Jambi Region I BKSDA Conservation Section, Kerinci Unit I KPHP, Bungo Unit II KPHP, Merangin KPHP, ICS Padang Aro Lingkar Institute, Sumatran Tiger Conservation – Kerinci Seblat, Conservation Group Mandiri Bangun Rejo, Lubuk Panjang Nature Lovers Group, Pesisir Selatan Regency and Nagari Sako Tapan-Based Forest Protection.