MoEF and UNDP Indonesia Visit Berbak Sembilang NP

Ministry of Environment and Forestry and UNDP Indonesia, supported by Sumatran Tiger Project just completed field visits from 28-30 January 2019 to Berbak Sembilang National Park. In this activity, the parties checked various developments and achievements of Sumatran Tiger Project in Berbak Sembilang National Park.

Berbak Sembilang National Park Authority has developed “situational room” to collect SMART patrol data from the field and documented findings for use in decision-making in protection, preservation and utilization of national parks. Some endangered and protected species in this area are Sumatran tiger and tapir. Sembilang National Park is also a Ramsar site and is spot for migratory water birds.

Team from Ministry of Environment and Forestry and UNDP Indonesia also witnessed technical training in wetland ecosystem management implemented by Yapeka to improve management effectiveness in Sembilang Berbilang National Park which is a habitat for Sumatran tiger, Asian elephant, Asian tapir, siamang, gold cats, sambar deer, estuaries crocodiles, Sembilang fish, giant freshwater turtles, freshwater dolphins and various bird species.

On second day, the team also visited Simpang Bungur Post, Air Hitam Dalam using two speedboats to observe condition of wetland ecosystem. The team camped in this area to witness the challenges of managing Berbak Sembilang ecosystem and solutions at field.

MoEF and UNDP Indonesia team also visited Rantau Rasau Village, the oldest village in Tanjung Jabung Timur District to witness participatory GIS mapping and training by PILI Green Network. The team met Rantau Rasau Village Head and witnessed the training that was expected to be an innovative resolution of tenurial conflict around Sungai Rambut Resort, Berbak Sembilang National Park.

The team also observed human and tiger conflict mitigation solutions at Berbak Sembilang National Park in Telago Limo Village, where Sumatran Tiger Project with its partner, ZSL, created a mural at village hall to increase public’s awareness on the importance of Sumatran tiger and other wildlife and plants. The village hall that is used for meetings and community activities – including weddings – is the right location to increase community awareness.


Human-Tiger Conflict Mitigation Campaign in Jambi

Balai TN Sembilang and BKSDA Jambi organized Human-Tiger Conflict Mitigation Campaign in Desa Simpang Datuk, Nipah Panjang District, Jambi.

Conflicts between humans and wildlife occur as a result of negative or direct interactions between humans and wildlife. Under certain circumstances the conflict may harm all parties involved in the conflict.

Conflicts are likely trigger negative attitudes towards wildlife, reducing human appreciation of wildlife and causing detrimental effects on conservation efforts.

The common disadvantages of conflict include, among others, the destruction of agricultural crops and or plantations and livestock breeding by wildlife, or even causing human casualties. On the other hand, it is not uncommon for conflicting wildlife to die after conflict resolution or actions.

In Jambi, especially in the area of ​​Berbak and Sembilang National Parks (TNBS) c onflicts between humans and wildlife that often occur are conflicts with Tiger and Crocodile.

In order to reduce the incidence of conflict especially with tiger, Office of TNBS along with KSDA Jambi and Zoological Society of London (ZSL) supported by GEF-UNDP project Sumatran Tiger organized preventive awareness efforts to Simpang Village residents and surrounding areas on December 15, 2017.

The event was held at Simpang Datuk Village, attended by Head of Simpang Datuk Village, Bhabinkamtibmas Simpang Datuk, members of communities from Simpang Datuk, Sungai Jeruk, Sungai Palas , Rantau Rasau Village and PT. Metro Yakin Jaya (MYJ).

In his opening remarks, Head of Simpang Datuk Village (Ambok Gauk bin Daeng P.) expressed his support for this campaign activity considering that in recent months tiger was seen entering PT. MYJ and people fell victim of a crocodile attack.

Village Head also hopes that such activities can be carried out continuously to raise public awareness not to disturb tiger and reduce incidence of crocodile attacks.

At the campaign event, KSDA Jambi Team provided technical solutions to prevent conflicts with tigers, procedures could be taken in case of wildlife conflicts, and the importance of Sumatran tiger conservation.

Bhabinkamtibmas Simpang Datuk also asked residents who posses firearm to report and hand over it to the Police because it violates emergency law no. 12 of 1951. Wildlife hunting of protected animals including tiger using firearm and snares are activities that violate criminal law.

Bhabinkamtibmas appealed to public who accidentally caught tiger using snares set up for boars at their own farm, to immediately report to authorities and not to injure or kill the tiger. If this is done then citizens will not be charged with lawsuits.

At the end of the event, calendars and billboards with information on how to avoid conflicts with wildlife and contact numbers of KSDA and TNBS in case of conflict were distributed to all attendees.