Berbak Sembilang NP Holds Wetland Ecosystem Workshop

Jambi, 22 November 2017 – Berbak and Sembilang National Park facilitated by Sumatran Tiger – GEF – UNDP Project held Wetland Berbak Ecosystem and Key Species Workshop on November 21-22, 2017 at Hotel Odua Weston Jambi as part of the framework to prepare 2018-2027 Berbak National Park Long Term Management Plan.

The workshop explored data and information related to Berbak area to reformulate important values ​​of Berbak National Park in Berbak National Park’s RPJP 2018-2027, especially the important values related to wetland conservation and key species ​​that become the underlying reasons for Berbak was mandated to becoming a National Park.

This activity was attended by relevant stakeholders in Berbak National Park management area (Provincial Bappeda, Provincial Forestry Office, BKSDA Jambi, BTNBS, UPT Tahura Rangkayo Hitam, Bappeda Muara Jambi, Bappeda Tanjung Jabung Timur, ZSL, Gita Buana, Wetland International Pinang Sebatang) involving competent resource persons in the field of wetland conservation and flora-fauna species, especially Berbak areas, namely: Directorate of KK Directorate General KSDAE, Directorate of BPEE Directorate General of KSDAE, Directorate of KKH Directorate General of KSDAE, Bro. Yus Rusila Noor-Wetland International, Dr. Cherita Yunnia – Expert of Kemenko Maritim, Nursanti-Universitas Jambi, Dr. Dolly Priyatna- member of Tapir Specialist Group-IUCN SSC, Yoan Dinata-ZSL, Iding Ahmad Haidir-Student Work (S3) KemenLHK, Dr. Irawati-Researcher LIPI, Dr. Asmadi Saad-Expert BRG, Nursanti, S.Hut, M.Si.-Faculty of Forestry, University of Jambi and Madari – Historian from Bunaken National Park. The workshop discussion process was guided by Kristiani Fajar Wianti-lecturer of Faculty of Forestry UGM.

The workshop which was held for two days was officially opened by the Head of TN Berbak and Sembilang Ir. Pratono Puroso, M.Sc. The workshop is expected to provide recommendations for wetland ecosystem management and important species in TN Berbak before the formation of a Long Term Management Plan Document (RPJP) as a guideline in managing Berbak NP Area.

The Long Term Management Plan (RPJP) is management plan prepared based on the results of potential inventory of the region and the arrangement of zones within zones / blocks by taking into account the functions of the region, aspirations of parties and regional development plan. The management plan will assist the manager to fulfill the specific management mandate set for a conservation area. This mandate is the primary reason for area protection (UNESCO’s Outstanding Universal Value or IUCN key features ) and a key indicator of successful management.


Tiger Supports SMART System Development

The Sumatran Tiger project is providing computer equipment that will be used for SMART patrol database. The computer equipment provided consist of 4 Desktop computer units equipped with UPS, 4 laser jet printers, 4 portable WiFi units and 1 unit of scanner ADF (Automatic Document Feeder).

Using SMART database computer equipment, patrolling data and activities can be properly recorded so that patrol activities can be improved, monitored and analyzed in the future planning.

The availability of computer equipment for SMART data center is the first stage for establishing the SMART system in Berbak Sembilang National Park (TNBS). TNBS will assign personnel who become SMART operators through the head of the ballade.

Furthermore, SMART operator training will be conducted by the partner of International Non Government Organization, Zoological Society of London (ZSL). The submission of the computer will be done after the SMART implementation training on 21-25 August.

In order to build the SMART system, the project also supports SMART forest protection patrol activities by Balai TNBS. Prior to the implementation of patrols conducted a patrol preparation briefing with ZSL speakers. In the preparatory meeting ZSL explained the SMART-based patrol implementation techniques to optimize support from the project.

The SMART-based Patrol activities that have been implemented are Tiger Protection Patrol Unit (TPPU) patrols managed by ZSL involving several TNBS Polhut officers.