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)