Preventing Wildlife Conflicts, Saving Lifes

The Colt’s engine growling across the dirt road, partly still muddy, from the rain last night. The car whose two rear tires were wrapped around by chains moving slowly but steadily passing sloppy terrains.

Representatives from local government, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Police, TNI, Sumatran Tiger Project, philanthropic organization and non-governmental organizations sit – some of them standing – on the truck. “The more passengers, the truck becoming more stable on the road,” said the driver who guided our group.

This group has just finished attending village level Wildlife Conflict Task Force Meeting in Margomulyo Village, Semaka District, Tanggamus District, Lampung Province, organized by Wildlife Conservation Society – Indonesia Program (WCS-IP) supported by Sumatran Tiger Project , GEF, UNDP, KFW, German Cooperation and USAID.

WCS-IP in collaboration with Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park Office and Lampung Provincial Forest Service, gathered representatives of human and wildlife conflict mitigation task forces from various villages in Lampung, Bengkulu and Aceh.

Participants in this workshop shared knowledge and experiences in conflict mitigation and promote community-based human and wildlife conflict management approaches at site (village) level. The initiative also strengthened community’s resilient in regional and national platforms.

Indra Exploitasia, Director of Biodiversity Conservation, in her written address stated, “The shrinking living space and home range of large animals such as Sumatran elephant and Sumatran tiger ultimately forced the two species entering village areas and ultimately destroyed community’s farming and preyed on residents’ livestock. ”

According to Indra, strong institutional supports and effective role-sharing between parties are needed to overcome human and wildlife conflicts.

Technical implementation unit in the field responded positively to Indra’s remark. Siti Muksidah, Head of National Park Management Region I at Bukit Barisan Selatan NP stated, “We, at the national park, also placed the handling of human and animal conflicts (KMS) as one of our main priorities,” she said.

According to Siti, collaborating with communities, BB BBSNP has successfully handled 225 human and wildlife cases between 2008 and June 2019. One type of cooperation with community was to form a task force at the village level through Independent Village Community (MDM) program, accompanied by WCS- IP and supported by Sumatran Tiger Project.

Noviar Andayani, WCS-IP Director stated, “By strengthening KMS mitigation at site level, villagers could actively preventing escalation of human and animal conflict at site level by providing an appropriate initial responses.” Until mid-2019, WCS-IP and other parties has been facilitating 22 Independent Village Community units, including establishing task forces for conflict at site level.

The Deputy Governor of Lampung, Chusnunia Chalim, appreciated the workshop which took place on November 24-25. “Government realizes that human and wildlife conflict harming not only to citizens but also adversely affecting number and distribution of tiger and elephant populations which are charismatic animals of Sumatra,” he said.

As living creatures, wildlife and humans have the right to live. Thus we must be able to live side by side with other living creatures by preventing conflict and maintaining ecosystem balance.

“Without animals, the balance of ecosystem could not be materialized. Animals have function controlling pests and pollinating plants such as coffee that is community’s commodity,” Noviar Andayani said. Humans will not be able to do the task themself.

In this workshop, representatives of 16 Villages in Lampung, Bengkulu and Aceh Provinces also signed Margomulyo Declaration. They agreed to form a network of village-level human and wildlife conflict task forces throughout Sumatra.

This network will serve as communication and learning forum in overcoming conflict to help community’s welfare and wildlife conservation in Sumatra. Hopefully this good intention can continue to be implemented with the support of all parties.


Sumatran Tiger Supports Kemah Konservasi

The Sumatran Tiger Project Implementation Unit (PIU) in Bukit Barisan Selatan hosted an initial coordination meeting attended by staff of Balai Besar Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park with partners of non-governmental organizations and related agencies on March 18, 2017.

This coordination meeting was held in connection with the implementation of Kemah Konservasi in Bandar Lampung on March 31 to April 2, 2017 at the Municipal Fishery Business School of Kotaagung, Tanggamus Regency, Lampung Province.

This coordination meeting was followed up by a meeting on 20 March 2017 at the Meeting Room of Balai Besar TNBBS which was attended by 13 people consisting of 11 people from TNBBS and 2 people from Tiger Project.

Coordination meeting with NGO partners was held the day after on 21 March 2017 attended by TN BBS (8 persons) UNILA PILI (2 persons), WWF (2 persons), 2 persons WCS, RAB YABI (1 person) and Tiger Project (2 person).

All partners support the successful Conservation camp activities. A total of 328 conservation cadres participated in the event attended by the Minister of Environment and Forestry, Mrs. Siti Nurbaya.

Kemah Konservasi aims to increase the love of conservation action, especially the action of Sumatran tiger conservation. The camp is also a medium of environmental education. In this camp is also campaigned and socialized efforts to preserve TNBBS to become the best habitat of Sumatran tiger in the world.

This conservation camp is in conjunction with Hari Hariri Rimbawan 34th 2017 and celebrates International Forest Day as the momentum of forest awareness as an important part of life.