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.


Sumatra Wide Tiger Survey 2018-2019 Begins

Jakarta, March 13, 2019 – The Indonesian government through the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) has targeted number of Sumatran tigers to be doubled by 2022 – a target set out in National Tiger Recovery Program (NTRP) 2010-2022. Ministry of Environment and Forestry together with its partners conduct periodic and systematic monitoring through the activities of the Sumatra Wide Tiger Survey (SWTS) to monitor the effectiveness of Sumatran tiger conservation efforts in order to achieve this target.

The first SWTS held between 2007 and 2009 revealed that 72% of the survey area was still inhabited by Sumatran tigers. According to many experts, this condition perceived to be good. The first SWTS had also been the main reference in the preparation of several strategic Sumatran tiger conservation documents, both on a national and international scale. After approximately 10 years, KLHK and its partners are implementing the second SWTS. The second SWTS activity was carried out to evaluate the effectiveness of Sumatran tiger conservation efforts that have been running for the past 10 years.

The Director General of KSDAE, Wiratno, gave a direction read by the Director of Essential Ecosystem Management, Tandya Tjahjana, at the launch of the survey at Menara Peninsula Hotel, March 13, 2019. “The Ministry of LHK continues to commit and establish good cooperation with relevant parties to promote in-situ Sumatran tiger conservation. Conservation programs had also developed in the past 10 years. I hope, with implementation of this second SWTS activity, the support and active participation of parties towards preserving Sumatran tigers and other wildlife will increase and can be synergized with regional development policies in the region, “he said.

Director of Biodiversity Conservation, Indra Exploitasia stated that the second SWTS activity was important to be carried out considering the increasing threat to preservation of Sumatran tigers in nature. “In addition to information regarding the distribution of Sumatran tigers, the output expected from the second STWS activity is population condition data and distribution of prey, disease and genetic animals in all Sumatran tiger habitat, so that it can map the gap in conservation activities that have been carried out,” she said.

Furthermore, all data, information and studies taken from SWTS activities will be collected in the database of Directorate General of KSDAE and subsequently become a reference for conservation policies not only for Sumatran tigers but also for rhinos, orangutans, elephants and other wildlife on the island of Sumatra.

Hariyo T. Wibisono, Executive Coordinator of SWTS stated, “SWTS 2018-2019 is the largest wildlife survey activity in the world, both in terms of partnerships, human resources involved, and area coverage. A total of 74 survey teams (354 team members) from 30 institutions were deployed to carry out surveys in 23 tiger distribution areas covering 12.9 million hectares, including 6.4 million hectares covered in the first SWTS. “15 technical implementation units (UPT) KLHK, more than 10 KPHs, 21 national and international NGOs, two universities, two companies, and 13 donor institutions have joined to support SWTS activities.” he said.

Prof. Dr. Gono Semiadi from LIPI, explained that there were several things will be produced from this second SWTS. “We hope to be able to find the proportion of areas that are living areas of tigers, information about population genetic diversity in each habitat, increasing national technical capacity, and some tiger conservation strategy documents such as those produced by SWTS first.”

This survey not only involves the government but also all stakeholders in efforts to save tigers. “The 2007-2009 survey was the first largest survey of tigers in the world. With successful collaboration in the past, we are confident that now we can repeat success through good collaboration across organizations. This multi-stakeholder involvement is a step forward in building a comprehensive conservation design at central government and regional government level, “said Munawar Kholis, Chair of the Forum HarimauKita (FHK).

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Media Contact (contact):

KKH, KLHK: Desy S. Chandradewi (+62 812-9542-679)
SWTS Executive Coordinator: Hariyo T. Wibisono (+62 812-1099-557)
Chairperson of the HarimauKita Forum: Munawar Kholis (+62 811-1101-281)

Book: Sumatran Tiger Population Monitoring Guidance

Sumatran Tiger Project in collaboration with the Directorate of Biodiversity Conservation, Directorate General of KSDAE, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, has published the book “Sumatran Tiger Population Monitoring Guidance”. For colleagues interested in getting this book please download through the following link: “Panduan Pemantauan Populasi Harimau


Asian Waterbird Census 2018: Team Finds Rare Birds at Cemara Beach

Asian Waterbird Census 2018 from 6 to 21 January 2018 provided opportunity for Berbak-Sembilang National Park and Balai KSDA Jambi to held monitoring of migratory birds at Cemara Beach, Tanjung Jabung Timur Regency (Tanjabtim), Jambi Province, from the 15th -17 January 2018. This activity was supported by GEF-UNDP Sumatran Tiger Project.

Cemara Beach is known as one of the migratory water birds stop locations migrating from the north to the south part of the Earth. Pantai Cemara is also a part of Berbak Ramsar Site since 1992, and it was established by the Governor of Jambi as a migratory waterbird protection area through the Jambi Governor’s Decree No.456 of 1996.

This monitoring activity aimed to collect data on the type and number of migratory bird populations in Pantai Cemara and to promote Pantai Cemara as one of the special interest tourist sites for the observation of the Bird Migrant Bird, thereby increasing the economic income of the people around Cemara Beach and Berbak-Sembilang National Park. The promotion is also expected to foster birdwatching initiatives among students and the communities in Jambi Province, and to increase people’s attention and Tanjabtim Government towards the conservation of Cemara Beach.

This activity involved relevant stakeholders consisting of Tourism Department of Tanjabtim Government, Tourism Activity Organizer in Jambi, students and university students of University of Jambi, local and international NGO (Gita Buana, Zoological Society of London and Wetlands International Indonesia Program), and also local community in Pantai Cemara .

In this activity, migratory birdwatching team found 30 species of aquatic birds on Cemara Beach with a total population of 13,357 individuals dominated by Blue-sea Ekor-blorok (Limosa lapponica), Blue-tailed Sea (Limosa limosa) (Charadrius mongolus), Trinil Bedaran (Xenus cinereus), and Kedidi Besar (Calidris tenuirostris).

One of the observed Trinil species is Trinil Lumpur Asia (Limnodromus semipalmatus) with IUCN near threaten status, where its population is estimated to be only 23,000 in the world. Of the 30 species of Water Birds 2 Type is the type of resident, namely Little Egretta (Egretta garzetta) and Cangak Merah (Ardea purpurea).

The team also managed to find migratory orange-water birds (installed in Victoria, Australia), white flags (installed on North Island, New Zealand), and black-and-white flags (installed in Chongming Dao-China).

Cemara Beach area has the potential as a tourist attraction but requires improvement in infrastructure to facilitate access to the location. The existence of migratory birds can be a special attraction for domestic and foreign tourists. Currently to reach the Cemara Beach can be done by land using two-wheeled vehicles or by sea using a speedboat. But it is still difficult because of damaged roads and bridges and high waves in the west wind season (October – April).

Some conditions need to be of concern in Cemara beach are high abrasion and community activities that use motorcycles to take shells on the beach. Both of these can threaten the function of Pantai Cemara as a stopover location for the Bird Migrant Bird.

Recapitulation of Waterbird Monitoring Results in Pantai Cemara 

No. Name of Species Local name Number of individuals Info
Pantai Cemara  
1 Egretta garzetta Kuntul kecil                        13 Resident
2 Ardea purpurea Cangak merah                          2 Resident
3 Actitis hypoleucos Trinil pantai                        31 Migrant
4 Charadrius alexandrinus Cerek tilil                      654 Migrant
5 Charadrius leschenaultii Cerek-pasir besar                      344 Migrant
6 Charadrius mongolus Cerek-pasir Mongolia                   2.276 Migrant
7 Charadrius dealbatus White-faced Plover                          4 Migrant
8 Pluvialis fulva Cerek kernyut                        30 Migrant
9 Pluvialis squatarola Cerek besar                      166 Migrant
10 Calidris ferruginea Kedidi golgol                      108 Migrant
11 Calidris tenuirostris Kedidi besar                   1.054 Migrant
12 Calidris alba Kedidi putih                          6 Migrant
13 Calidris ruficollis Kedidi leher-merah                        52 Migrant
14 Xenus cinereus Trinil bedaran                   1.916 Migrant
15 Tringa totanus Trinil kaki-merah                        44 Migrant
16 Tringa nebularia Trinil kaki-hijau                      964 Migrant
17 Tringa stagnatilis Trinil rawa                        48 Migrant
18  Tringa glareola Trinil semak                          2 Migrant
19 Limosa limosa Biru-laut ekor-hitam                   2.106 Migrant
20 Limosa lapponica Biru-laut ekor-blorok                   3.368 Migrant
21 Limnodromus semipalmatus Trinil lumpur Asia                        30 Migrant
22 Numenius phaeopus Gajahan penggala                        14 Migrant
23 Numenius arquata Gajahan besar                          5 Migrant
24 Numenius madagascariensis Gajahan timur                          3 Migrant
25 Sterna hirundo Dara-laut kecil                        47 Migrant
26 Sterna albifrons Dara-laut kecil                          9 Migrant
27 Sterna caspia Dara-laut Kaspia                        16 Migrant
28 Sterna bengalensis Dara-laut Benggala                        15 Migrant
29 Sterna bergii Dara-laut jambul                          7 Migran
30 Chlidonia hybridus Dara-laut kumis                        23 Migrant
Total                13.357 Local and migratory birds


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Sumatran Tiger Project Supports Increasing Tiger Population

Sumatran Tiger Project, Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park(TNBBS) and WCS-IP (Indonesia Program) implement SMART patrols and install camera traps to secure intensive protection zones that play an important role in supporting population growth of Sumatran tiger in Bukit Barisan Selatan.

Patrolling is the key approach to ensuring protection of biodiversity within conservation areas.

A system is needed to ensure effectiveness of patrol activities, that can not only be used to handle illegal activities, but also can store patrol activities information systematically to be used for identifying areas vulnerable to illegal activities.

Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) is the system designed to facilitate the transformation of patrol data into spatial forms that can provide useful information for conservation area managers in planning of security and law enforcement activities.

Sumatran Tiger project supports WCS in conducting SMART-based patrol activities in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (TNBBS), particularly in Intensive Protection Zones covering 7 resorts of 17 resorts within Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. This is in line with efforts to improve the effectiveness of the management of priority conservation areas in Sumatra, which is one of the main components of the project.

Intensive Prodution Zones, decided by Decree of Director General PHKA No SK.152 / IV-Set / 2015 Year 2015 on Intensive Protection Zone Development Policy as an effort to increase Sumatran rhino population.

In its development, IPZ is not only beneficial for rhino population but also for other key species such as Sumatran tigers and Sumatran elephants.

The result of camera trap surveys conducted by the WCS team, the tiger population density increased from 1.6 tigers / 100 km2 in 2002 to 2.8 tigers / 100 km2 by 2015. The proportion of male and female tigers is 1: 3.

WCS and TN BBS within the period May 21 to November 20, 2015 have completed surveys of tiger populations and prey animals using surveillance cameras. As many as 65 grid successfully installed by camera traps, with two cameras facing to each other in each grid. Data from two cameras could not be analyzed because the camera is lost.

Result from this 2015 surveys becoming the basis for another survey to be conducted in 2018 to assess whether tiger populations have improved in line with increasing effectiveness of protections in conservation areas.

Sumatran Tiger Project supported 43 patrolling trips by TNBBS and WCS-IP patrol teams covering a distance of 1,472, 33 km and 229 patrol days in the period from May to September 2017.

The patrol team found 25 perpetrators of illegal activity in the region with 17 perpetrators found in the IPZ area and 8 perpetrators found in non-IPZ areas. The team also found 70 cases of illegal forest use in BBS National Park where as many as 25 cases were in IPZ area and 45 cases were in Non-IPZ area.

Illegal logging cases were found in 2 cases (both in non-IPZ areas). The patrol team found 15 hunting activities (6 in IPZ and 9 in non-IPS), 4 HHBK collection activities (1 in IPZ and 3 in non-IPZ), 19 access roads (4 in IPZ and 15 in Non-IPZ) and 46 tools & transportation (27 in IPZ and 19 in Non-IPZ).

The patrol team has implemented relevant measures for these illegal activities including documenting and destroying tiger and wildlife traps to prevent new illegal wildlife cases.


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.


BBTNKS Invites Stakeholders, Synchronizes 2018 Work Plan

Sungai Penuh, November 9, 2017 – Office of Kerinci Seblat National Park seated together with stakeholders to discuss synchronization of work plans for 2018.  Stakeholders in this regard are: local government attended by BPDAS HL Agam Kuantan; companies, namely PT. Tidar Kerinci Agung (TKA) in Bungo, PT. Supreme Energy Muara Labuh, PT. Tirta Sakti (PDAM) in Kerinci and PT. Pertamina Geothermal Energy in Lempur; academics / experts from Andalas University; and conservation projects in the TNKS area, namely Sumatran Tiger and FP II (KfW); FFI NGO; ICS NGO in South Solok; and Lingkar Institute in Bengkulu.

The two days meeting (8-9 November 2017I was held in Sungai Penuh. All invited participants exposed their work plans on the first day, followed by synchronization of work plans on second day. Transforming Effectiveness of Biodiversity Conservation in Sumatra Priority Landscapes Project (Sumatran Tiger Project) provided funding for these meetings.

Synchronization of 2018 work plan between BBTNKS and its stakeholders is beneficial for TNKS managers to avoid overlapping that can lead to ineffectiveness of TNKS programs. The work plans by BBTNKS stakeholders are expected to strengthen management of national park area. Results from 2018 work plans synchronization will be used to prepare BBTNKS 2018 Work Plan Document.

National park managers and stakeholders who benefitted from environmental services have common responsibility to protect conservation area. The meeting provided insights into conservation efforts that can be developed in and around TNKS area.

TNKS manager hopes in the future, more partners will support and implement conservation programs especially around TNKS area to protect Kerinci Seblat National Park and its biodiversity.


Way Canguk, We Will Return

The UNDP Regional Office in Bangkok represented by Tashi Dorji, UNDP Regional Technical Advisor (RTA) along with teams from Sumatran Tiger Project, GEF, Bureau of Overseas Cooperation, Directorate of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation, KLHK and UNDP Indonesia recently completed a visit to the landscape Bukit Barisan Selatan, which became one of the Sumatran Tiger Project sites.

The field trip was held for four days from 20-23 October 2017. On the first day, Friday, October 20, 2017, the team departed from Jakarta to Lampung followed by a road trip to Kota Agung, Tanggamus District, where the office of Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (TN BBS) is located.

Agus Wahyudiono, Head of Central BBS and Ismanto, Head of Conservation Technique of BBS National Park together with NGO staff and partners warmly welcomed the team and discussed the conservation efforts in BBS National Park.

In the discussion, Agus said, cooperation with national park partners is very important because not all activities in National Park can be financed by State Budget (APBN). “Good cooperation with national park partners is needed to improve performance indicators for three key species; Sumatran tigers, elephants and rhinoceros,” he said.

In addition to partnering with Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (BB TN BBS), Sumatran Tiger Project also engaged with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in this landscape. Tashi Dorji and the team had the opportunity to visit the WCS office after discussing with BBS Central Park.

WCS has a Wildlife Response Unit (WRU) tasked with reducing human-tiger conflicts that occur in villages around the park. WCS also has a SMART patrol team that works with other stakeholders to monitor the BBS area. Sumatran Tiger project supports these initiatives.

The two discussions with partners became our opening events in Bukit Barisan Selatan landscape. Saturday morning, October 21, 2017, the next day, we had the opportunity to visit Way Canguk Research Station which is managed by WCS. The research station is located in the southern part of Bukit Barisan National Park.

In the journey to Way Canguk, we had to cross the big river and several small rivers, through the wilderness to reach this research center.

The trip to Way Canguk runs smoothly. On that day, we still can cross River Pemerihan on foot. WCS team, forest police, South Bukit Barisan National Park Center accompanied us along the way. It takes about two hours for all team members to reach Way Canguk Research Center.

The Way Canguk research center has four main buildings that serve as a place to stay, library, research location, as well as an office. One more building is used for “dining room” and kitchen. We arrived at the location in the pouring rain at around 12.00 at noon.

After the break and lunch, in the afternoon around 15:00, Tashi Dorji and team members walked back into the forest to observe plants and wildlife monitoring locations accompanied by WCS team, forest police and TN BBS team.

Along the way, Tashi and team members observed giant trees and traces of wildlife such as wild pigs, deer, met with owa and gibbons and saw the location of a hornbill nest which is increasingly threatened by poaching.

Tashi also had a taste of fresh water from the red roots that are often consumed by the forest patrol team as an alternative to clean fresh water source.

The WCS team at the Way Canguk Research Center has identified 348 tree species, 56 species of mammals (8 species of primates), 47 species of frogs, 7 species of reptiles and 207 species of birds that are part of the region’s biodiversity.

After visiting the WCS field observation center, we then returned to Way Canguk Research Station for discussion, rest and overnight. Heavy rain poured on Way Canguk earth Saturday night. The rain continued to flush until Sunday morning.

Worry about the condition of the Pemerihan River had becoming evident as the water of the Pemerihan River – that we could previously passed on foot – was flooding due to cats and dogs rain that flushed Way Canguk the night before.

However, WCS and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park team had prepared for this emergency situation. They were using inflated inner tube of tractor assisted by safety ropes to help all team members crossing the river. Crossing the river in the middle of a torrent stream became an unforgettable experience for all team members.

We recorded the scenes when team members were crossing the river. The video will be published in Sumatran Tiger communications network.

After successfully crossing the Sungai Pemerihan safely, we again walked to our first meeting point in the Village of Pemerihan to clean ourselves. Our clothes, pants and boots are all wet and dirty with mud. We also had to check the presence of leeches (Indonesian is pacet), blood-sucking animals, which stuck to our bodies. Thanks God, leeches were no longer be found as many as when we firstly arrived at Way Canguk Research Station the day before.

After cleaning up, Tashi and the rest of the team visited the Rhino Camp run by the Indonesian Badak Foundation and Pekon Margo Mulyo. In Pekon or Desa Margo Mulyo, WCS is working with the Sumatran Tiger Project to develop tiger-proof enclosures (TPE) to prevent tiger and wildlife conflicts. Livestock is one of important economic assets owned by the communities.

According to Firdaus Rahman, Landscape Program Manager of Bukit Barisan Selatan, WCS Indonesia Program, from the beginning of 2016 to October 2017, there had been 46 cases of human and tiger conflicts (HTC) in the villages around Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.

Pak Sairin, villager who joined WCS TPE pilot program mentioned, wildlife conflicts did not only involving tigers, but also other wildlife species, like bears. “Bears often attack our cattle, sucking their blood to death,” he said. So the existence of TPE is very useful to reduce wildlife conflict.

Another benefit was expressed by Mrs. Sugiati, Pak Sairin’s wife. When wildlife failed to attack livestock in enclosed TPE cages, wildlife is less likely to return and look for other targets in other cages that have not yet implemented the TPE system. In effect, she and her children feel safer. “We are now no longer afraid to go out in the morning and evening for gardening, studying and other activities,” she said.

The Sumatran Tiger project until the end of the project period in 2020 will continue to work with stakeholders to increase conservation efforts in Bukit Barisan Selatan.

Synergy with WCS, Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park Office, central government, local governments and communities are needed to create sustainable conservation solutions. We found these synergy evidences in our visit this time. A very memorable visit, indeed. To Way Canguk, we will return.


Kerinci Seblat NP Facilitates Communication Training

Sungai Penuh, October 5, 2016 – Sumatran Tiger Project held a communication and advocacy training with the theme “Realizing Sumatran Tiger Protecting Generation” held on Thursday, 5 October 2017 at Hotel Kerinci, Sungai Penuh, Jambi Province, Sumatra.

Head of Administrative Division of Kerinci Seblat National Park, Agusman, S.P. M.Sc opened the training event which was attended by 29 participants. “We are grateful for the Sumatran Tiger Project initiative conducting this communication and advocacy training. The National Park desperately needs the help of partners to echo the importance of Sumatran tiger conservation, “he said.

The event involves journalists, public relations staff, community of environmentalists, representatives of the Directorate of Conservation of Biological Diversity (KKH) and representatives of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

In the first occasion of Dr. Wilson Novarino, a tiger expert from the University of Andalas conveyed the latest developments in the condition of Sumatran tiger species, its population, the challenge of conservation of the Sumatran tiger.

Specifically Dr. Wilson also explored the benefits of Sumatran tiger population conservation in maintaining the balance of ecosystems. According to Dr. Wilson tigers have an ecological and social role. “When the tiger is destroyed, it will destroy its pride and culture,” he said.

As the main predator, according to Dr. Wilson, the tiger keeps the balance of biodiversity by controlling the population of wildlife as its prey like wild boar. If uncontrolled, the wild boar population has the potential to damage the ecosystem in the forest, especially when they make a nest. “The price of tiger skin is not worth the loss due to environmental damage and disaster, when the tiger population is reduced,” he said.

After the participants got the latest information on Sumatran tiger, Hizbullah Arief, Communication and Reporting Specialist from Project Management Unit (PMU) Sumatran Tiger, Jakarta, presented the communication and advocacy strategy of Sumatran tiger conservation.

According to Arief, all parties can share their role in communicating and echoing the Sumatran tiger conservation issue. Arief then describes 10 strategies to create a positive news that provides solutions and inspiration to the community.

The role of each party is described in an advocacy training aimed at changing the attitudes and behavior of communities to support the conservation efforts of Sumatran tigers, species that are in balance and ecosystem health on the island of Sumatra.

#WeAreTigers Campaign

In addition to communications and advocacy training, the Sumatran Tiger Project also launched a social media campaign with #WeAreTigers tag – We are a Tiger Protector Generation with all participants involved.

All participants are champions who are committed in the future to help campaign and conservation action of Sumatran tiger, its habitat and conservation of ecosystem in Sumatera.

This campaign is also the beginning of the formation of Sumatran tiger communication forum in Kerinci Seblat which aims to bring the official government and national park communication networks together with media and community crew to support law enforcement efforts, awareness creation in the community about the importance of Sumatran tiger conservation.

In this event each participant get a special #WeAreTigers PIN as proof they become part of the Sumatran Tiger Protecting Generation network.

The event was then sealed with photos with champions determined to implement the results of communication and advocacy training in support of Sumatran tiger conservation actions and campaigns.

The next training will also be held in 3 other landscape which is the location of Sumatran Tiger Project that is in Gunung Leuser, Berbak Sembilang and Bukit Barisan Selatan.


Human Tiger Conflict Highest in 2010

Human and tiger conflicts continued to increase from 2001 and peaked in 2010. In that year there were 162 conflicts occurring predominantly from cases of tigers attacking cattle and tigers roaming around villages or residential areas.

After 2010, number of human and tiger conflicts continues to decline until 2016. The decline in the number of human and tiger conflicts is likely triggered by an increasing number of tigers being killed and displaced.

In the period 2001-2016, the number of tigers killed and displaced continued to increase. 130 tigers who died due to human and tiger conflicts. Only 5 tigers were transferred to other conservation sites after the conflict. A total of 43 tigers were sent to the zoo.

The number of tigers that ran after the conflict reached 879 tigers. of that number, as many as 8 tigers ran in the wounded condition. The number of dead and displaced tigers could have a negative impact on the tiger population.