TNKS Restorasi 51,24 Hektar Lahan

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Balai Besar Taman Nasional Kerinci Seblat (BB TNKS) dan Kelompok Tani Hutan (KTH) “Renah Kasah Lestari” menandatangani perjanjian kerjasama kemitraan konservasi dalam rangka pemulihan ekosistem kawasan Taman Nasional Kerinci Seblat di Desa Renah Kasah, Kecamatan Kayu Aro, Kabupaten Kerinci.

Hal ini merupakan tindak lanjut dari keputusan Kepala Balai Besar Taman Nasional Kerinci Seblat kepada Pemerintah Desa Renah Kasah, Kecamatan Kayu Aro, Kabupaten Kerinci, Nomor: SK.136/T.1/TU/KSA/05/2019 tentang Pemberian Ijin Pemanfaatan Energi Air (IPEA) di Kawasan Taman Nasional Kerinci Seblat Seksi PTN Wilayah I Kerinci, Resort Kerinci Utara.

Kepala BBTNKS, Tamen Sitorus menyatakan, pemberian ijin ini adalah kontribusi positif taman nasional kepada masyarakat yang tinggal di sekitar kawasan TNKS. Oleh sebab itu masyarakat Desa Renah Kasah berkewajiban untuk melestarikan kawasan TNKS, khususnya di kawasan tangkapan air pembangunan PLTMH yang sedang dilaksanakan.

Masyarakat dibantu oleh Perkumpulan Walestra yang mendapat dana hibah dari Proyek Sumatran Tiger akan melakukan pemulihan ekosistem kawasan TNKS di kawasan tangkapan air pembangunan PLTMH yang berada di zona rehabilitasi TNKS.

Proyek Sumatran Tiger berkomitmen melaksanakan konservasi keanekaragaman hayati dan rehabilitasi habitat satwa penting dan terancam punah. Salah satu areal implementasi kegiatan tersebut adalah di Taman Nasional Kerinci Seblat yang saat ini sedang menghadapi ancaman degradasi hutan dan lahan.

Kegiatan restorasi ekosistem juga mendukung kegiatan Direktorat Jenderal Energi Baru Terbarukan dan Konservasi Energi bekerja sama dengan United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) dalam aksi mitigasi perubahan iklim di sektor pembangkit energi dan penghematan energi melalui Proyek Market Transformation through Design and Implementation of Appropriate Mitigation Actions in the Energy Sector (MTRE3).

Salah satu kegiatan MTRE3 adalah melakukan pembangunan Pembangkit Listrik Tenaga Micro Hydro di Desa Renah kasah, yang juga didukung oleh kerja sama antara UNDP dengan Badan Amil Zakat Nasional (BAZNAS) dan kerja sama UNDP dengan Bank Jambi untuk mencapai Target Pembangunan Berkelanjutan (SDG) dalam penyediaan listrik bagi masyarakat miskin yang tinggal di desa yang belum tersambung dengan jaringan listrik PLN.

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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.

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TNKS Trains 19 Personnel to Monitor Tiger Population

Kerinci Seblat National Park (BBTNKS) in collaboration with Center for Education and Training, Ministry of Environment and Forestry conducted “Sumatran Tiger Population Monitoring Training”, to conservation area management personnel and partners. This activity – supported by Sumatran Tiger Project – was held on October 8-13, 2018, in Sungai Penuh City, Jambi Province.

The training was attended by 19 participants from Kerinci Seblat National Park, Gunung Leuser National Park, Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, BKSDA North Sumatra, BKSDA Jambi, KSDA Bengkulu – Lampung, Lampung KPH Unit 1 Kerinci KPHP , PT. Supreme Energy Muara Labuh, Sumatra Dharmasraya Tiger Rehabilitation Center (PR-HSD), MIPA Faculty of Andalas University, Forestry Faculty of West Sumatra Muhammadiyah University, Faculty of Forestry Jambi University, and Conservation Society Institution – ICS.

The training used guidelines signed by Director General of Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation, in reference to KLHK PUSDIKLAT Sumatran Tiger Population Monitoring Training Curriculum that discusses KLHK Policy in Sumatran Tiger Conservation, Important Value of Sumatran Tiger Conservation, Sumatran Tiger Bio-ecology, Introduction to Sumatran Tiger Monitoring and Camera Traps, Survey Design, data base and data management, methods for monitoring populations (occupancy & population density), estimating and monitoring Sumatran tigers, and preparing action plans.

In his opening remarks, representing the Head of BBTNKS, Agusman, S.P, M.Sc., said that one of main performance indicators of Directorate General of KSDAE – KLHK is increasing population of 25 priority protected species, including Sumatran tiger species.

“At present, we do not have a uniform methodology to monitor the population of Sumatran tigers, either due to gaps in knowledge and understanding, limited human resources or other things. This training is very important, and we thank Sumatran Tiger Project for facilitating this training,”he said.

The teaching team in this training came from LHK HR PUSDIK and other relevant organizations. They trainers are Dr. Ir. Novianto Bambang W, M.Sc and Ir. Waldemar Hasiholan, M.Sc., Irene Margareth R. Pinondang – SINTAS Indonesia, Wido R. Albert – FFI IP and Tomi Ariyanto – ZSL IP.

At the end of the activity, Ir. Rusman, as Head of Conservation Technical Division of BBTNKS asked all participants – representatives of 14 institutions / institutions – to develop the knowledge that had been obtained. “Through Sumatran Tiger Population Monitoring Training activities, it is expected that participants can plan surveys and monitoring, analyze data and provide management recommendations related to Sumatran tiger conservation,” he said.

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TNKS Patrol Team Does It Again

Patrol team of Kerinci Seblat National Park again showed its capability to capture illegal wildlife poacher. In collaboration with Mukomuko Resort Police, Bengkulu Province, the patrol team managed to arrest Sumatran tiger hunters and trader on Wednesday, 5 September 2018 at Bengkulu – Padang crossing, Bunga Tanjung Village, Teramang Jaya District, Mukomuko Regency.

Last month on August 14, the same team also managed to arrest 2 perpetrators at Jalan Bangko – Kerinci, Pulau Rengas Village, Merangin District, Jambi Province.

The suspect who was arrested this month was named Heri alias Ujang, a resident of Bunga Tanjung Village. Evidence found with perpetrator was one 135 cm long Sumatran tiger skin plus 4 kg of bones.

Sumatran tiger has important value in safeguarding forest ecosystems. As apex predators, Sumatran tigers balance populations of other animals. In other words, protecting tigers can protect forest and its biodiversity.

Head of Kerinci Seblat National Park, Drs. Tamen Sitorus, M.Sc., revealed that TNKS is one of tiger habitats and one of Sumatran tiger conservation areas.

“If tiger trade continues around TNKS area, this will be a loss for people around the TNKS area in particular, and people of Sumatra in general,” Tamen said. “Therefore, I request support from all communities and related parties to jointly conserve this endangered and protected by law species,” he added.

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National Park Team Arrests 2 Suspects of Sumatran Tiger Traders

Bravo! Highest appreciation for team of officers from Kerinci Seblat National Park. BBTNKS team successfully arrested two suspected traffickers in Jalan Lintas Sumatra tiger Bangko – Kerinci, Rengas Island Village, District Merangin, Jambi province on Tuesday evening, on August 14, 2018.

Two suspects of Sumatran tiger trading bear initials of S (34 years), Beringin Tinggi village residents and B (30 years old), resident of the village of Rantau Suli, in East Jangkat, Merangin District, Jambi Province.

Together with the suspects, TNKS officers secured several evidences: one sheet of wet Sumatran tiger skin, one pack of tiger bones weighing 6.8 kg and equipments (a backpack and two vehicles) used by the suspect.

Success of this arrest was the result of an investigation by Kerinci Seblat National Park team conducted since 8 August. TNKS team then coordinated with the Merangin Police Resort. Perpetrators and evidence currently detained at Merangin District Police to follow further legal proceedings. Law enforcement is one of keys to protect endangered animals including Sumatran tigers.

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FFI-IP Organizes SMART Coordination Meeting

Fauna & Flora International – Indonesia Programme (FFI-IP), partner of Kerinci Seblat National Park Center (BBTNKS), has organized coordination meeting on operationalization of Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool (SMART) in BBTNKS area. The meeting – supported by Sumatran Tiger Project – is part of an effort to increase capacity of SMART administrator in managing SMART data base in BBTNKS.

The coordination meeting is the second meeting in 2018. This event took place on 28 – 29 May 2018 at Arafah Hotel, Sungai Penuh, Jambi Province.

There are 22 participants in this coordination meeting. They are SMART data administrator at BBTNKS Office and its management area at field and resort level. The training was also attended by SMART PHS-KS data administrators, SMART MHS-KS data administrators, and SMART Lingkar Institute data admins.

Acting Head of BBTNKS Mr. Agusman, S.P., M.Sc. opened the event and provided some directions. Agusman mentioned, result of this evaluation would be followed up by structural coordination meeting on 30 May 2018 at BBTNKS office to support implementation of SMART system in BBTNKS. Furthermore, the SMART System will support Directorate General of KSDAE’s situation room or sit room by providing integrated and field-based.

Mr. Andrinaldi Adnan, S.Hut, M.Sc., Commitment Maker Official for Sumatran Tiger GEF – UNDP Project at BBTNKS also took part in this activity. He mentioned SMART system should have positive impacts that will certainly improve management effectiveness at BBTNKS through several training and coordination meetings.

Mr Donny Gunaryadi as Head of Biodiversity FFI – IP became the resource person and facilitator in this meeting. The first day meeting discussed: (1) Overview of SMART result / achievement between January-April 2018 in BBTNKS area; and (2) Delivery of progress of the National SMART POKJA, followed by (1) Discussion of SMART operationalization in BBTNKS area, SOP, constraints and solutions; (2) Finalization of SMART field data in BBTNKS area; and (3) Introduction of SMART version 5.0.3 (latest) to BBTNKS administrators and partners.

After getting additional information and knowledge on SMART, all attendees also discussed SMART operationalization, and agreed upon several issues. One of them is schedule for the next meeting which is in September 2018.

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Press Release HTC in Pungut Mudik Village, Kerinci

Kerinci, May 26, 2018 – Human and tiger conflict happened again in the buffer zone of Kerinci Seblat National Park. This time, Rusmayati (60 years old), citizen in Pungut Mudik Village, Kerinci Regency, becoming the victim.

1. Chronological events

On May 24, 2018 at around 09.30 WIB Rusmayati and her husband, Usman (60 years old) started their own field activities as usual days. All works went normal until 2:30 pm when Usman heard a cry for help from his wife who was 100 meters away from him. Once approached, Usman was shocked to see Rusmayati was pounced by Sumatran tiger and he immediately tried to scare off the tiger and the tiger left the site immediately.

Usman immediately fled his wife who suffered serious injuries on the right shoulder to Sungai Penuh Hospital with help from Pelda Datrizal, member of Kodim 0417/KRC. After intensive care, the victim can be rescued and is currently undergoing recovery at the hospital.

2. Steps that have been taken

Hearing this extraordinary event, the animal conflict mitigation team from Balai Besar TNKS, Natural Resources Conservation Center (BKSDA) JAMBI SKW I in Bangko, KPHP Unit I Kerinci, Fauna & Flora International (FFI-IP), Penyelamat Harimau Sumatra-Kerinci Seblat (PHS-KS), Sumatran Tiger Project GEF – UNDP and Forest Program II-KfW acted immediately to handle the conflict.

A team of 12 people immediately visited the scene to check and collect information on the conflict. The team found new footprints around the location and bites on buckets and bottles. The identification resulted that the footprints and signs are coming from individual tiger. The animal conflict mitigation team will continuously monitor the scene in the next few days to avoid similar incident. The team also provided financial assistance to Rusmayati family.

3. Monitoring Results 

After monitoring and gathering information in the field, the team concluded that the cause of human tiger conflict in the area as (1) Lack of prey in Sumatran tiger habitat resulting tiger roamed outside national park area; (2) Hunting of Sumatran tiger prey animals increased; (3) Encroachment and illegal logging activities in Sumatran tiger habitat also increased disturbing animals; and (4) The tigers enter “weaning” cycle when the mother teaches her children to hunt and feed himself. Once the children are capable to hunt, the tiger mother will release them and the children will live independently or make a new group.

The conflict mitigation team urged people to avoid conflict with Sumatran tiger by not traveling alone to field/garden. People are advised to always make noises and wear mask that resembles a human face on the back of their head. The cultivated fields should be kept clean, especially from the bushes. People are advised to provide Kentungan to make noises, starting fire and be cautious of natural signs, such rain in hot season. At this time people should not be working at field alone. Finally, when encountering face to face with wild animals, especially tiger, people are advised to yell as hard as possible and not turning their backs.

Conflict mitigation team hopes that Mrs. Rusmayati becoming the first and the last victim in the location by applying these various tips. The team hopes, in the future, people will become more aware about problems behind human and wildlife conflict and start living and coexisting in harmony with nature.

Here’s the complete press release: Release of Tiger Conflict in Kerinci

Source: Kerinci Seblat National Park Office

Preserving a Piece of Heaven on Earth

Kerinci’s natural beauty and biodiversity encourage all parties to work together to preserve it.

Sumatran Tiger project closed 2017 with significant achievements. Project dynamics are evolving and it is deemed important for the project to monitor project activities to anticipate potential problems at field. Monitoring and evaluation efforts of Sumatran Tiger Project attended by relevant parties, were conducted from April 9-13, 2018. Kerinci Seblat became first landscape selected for monitoring activity.

Institutional strengthening of park managers in protection area; monitoring forest cover changes and Sumatran tiger population; learning about village forest development initiatives as carbon stock, became the focuses of this activity.

On the first day, Jakarta team landed at Muara Bungo Airport, Jambi Province. The journey continued overland for five hours to Bangko District, headquarters of Fauna and Flora International (FFI) Sumatran Tiger’s project partners.

Representatives from the Directorate General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation, Directorate of Biodiversity Conservation, Directorate of Conservation Areas, Directorate of Management and Information on Nature Conservation and Ecosystem, Directorate of Law Enforcement, Ministry of Finance, Bappenas, UNDP Indonesia, Global Environment Facility Focal Point, academics from the Bogor Agricultural Institute, Kerinci Seblat National Park Center and Sumatran Tiger Project participated in the event.

The first day meeting at FFI headquarters opened by presentation from Donny Gunaryadi, Head of Biodiversity, Fauna and Flora International – Indonesia Program which outlined Sumatran Tiger – FFI partnership in law enforcement and forest patrol based on SMART data system in Kerinci Seblat National Park involving relevant stakeholders: Police, BKSDA, national parks and prosecutors.

Forest patrolling system and law enforcement have enabled FFI team to identify and detect threats to Sumatran tigers’ population and their ecosystems. The threats are snares, poaching, encroachment and forest cover changes.

Donny also reported 12% increase in METT scores (Management Effectiveness Tracking Tools) in Kerinci Seblat National Park. METT scores are used to measure the quality of improvements in national park management around the world.

FFI team has also installed camera trap in the core areas of ​​Kerinci Seblat National Park which become habitat for Sumatran tigers to monitor Sumatran tigers’ population. The discussion ended in the afternoon and all team members stayed overnight at Bangko.

Second day visit

Early in the morning, monitoring team left for Durian Rambun Village which is in border area of Kerinci Seblat National Park. In this village, FFI team helped with village forest management.

We were using four wheels drive vehicles to travel to Durian Rambun due to remote village location. Dirt roads with extreme contours and slopes becoming part of our adventure. Our eyes were spoiled by the natural beauty of Kerinci which is like a piece of heaven on earth.

The team met with village forest management agency (LPHD) Rio Kemunyang, which was deemed to have successfully suppressed deforestation, forest encroachment and poaching.

According to Abton, a youth leader in Durian Rambun Village who is former head of LPHD Rio Kemunyang, community’s awareness is high on the importance of safeguarding forests, after they learnt from the experience of other villages around Durian Rambun. According to Abton, maintaining village forest has provided sense of security to the community, free from encroachment threats.

The second benefit, by protecting the forest, the villagers managed to avoid drought. “The village forest protects 9 springs that are beneficial to Durian Rambun residents in the dry season, when other villages experiencing drought,” Abton said.

The third benefit, by maintaining the village forest, water supply for Micro Hydro Power Plant could be maintained so people of Durian Rambun Village could enjoy clean electricity from nature. “This worth more than money,” Abton said. Children in the village could also study at night using electricity from PLTMH and village becomes more secure.

FFI has been assisting LPHD for more than three years. Villagers received incentives to safeguard their forests and livelihoods from implementing carbon stock schemes in form of annual fee to support forest patrolling, improve people’s economy by planting coffee and empowering youth and women.

The success of Durian Rambun village forest initiative is reflected by the enormous confidence of its citizens who are determined to preserve the forests that becomes their heritage from their ancestors. “Forest is our heritage that should be managed sustainably. With the village forest, people feel safe and comfortable because there are no threats, encroachments, “said Rosidi, former village head of Durian Rambun.

Rosidi added, Durian Rambun village forest has becoming like a fence for Muara Siau District. “If the forest in Durian Rambun village is destroyed, the forest in the other Muara Siau sub-district will also be encroached,” he said.

Before leaving, the team had a chance to visit the coffee production site. The journey to the location that we did on foot, down to the valley, crossing the river, through the suspension bridge has becoming an unforgettable experience for us. We spent the whole day for the visit. Sun has set when the cars drove us back to Bangko.

Third day visit

The morning sun shone brightly when our cars moving from Bangko to Tamiai Village, Batang Merangin Sub-District, Jambi Province. In this village, people started Community Forest (HKM) Tamiai. According to Heri Cipta, Head of Batang Merangin Sub-District, Tamiai Village has rich natural resources such as cinnamon and coffee. “But outsiders are threatening the village by stealing resources from local communities,” he said. According to Heri, outsiders have also committed deforestation in protected areas, causing new social conflicts. Thus, “We should be selective in assisting people,” he said. Community forestry becoming the right solution where people were given rights to manage the forest within a certain period of time (up to 35 years).

Neneng Susanti, Head of Production Forest Management (KPHP) of Kerinci, said that Tamiai Village is in the buffer zone of TNKS. Neneng said KPHP Kerinci is also working to develop green coffee by combining coffee cultivation and agroforestry practices. “We provide quality seeds for community,” he said.

Status of Tamiai Forest according to Neneng is production forest, so people can not only produce honey, coffee and cinnamon, but also start ecotourism businesses from migratory birds and hornbills and tree seedling nurseries.

Abdul Hadison or Didi, Senior Field Manager, Fauna and Flora International stated, the proposed HKM area reached 800 hectares. Currently Tamiai Village community is still waiting for a decision letter before they can implement community forest schemes. With FFI guidance the process is expected to run smoothly.

After completing Merangin District visit, we continued our journey to Sungai Penuh to stay overnight. Watching the beauty of Lake Kerinci on the road to Sungai Penuh, we feel grateful for the abundance of water for people of Kerinci. The team also visited Bukit Tapan, witnessing the opening of the road crossing the core area of ​​Kerinci Seblat National Park.

Fourth day visit

On the last day of our visit in Kerinci landscape, the monitoring team held discussion with Kerinci Seblat National Park Office, attended by Ir. M. Arief Toengkagie, Head of BB TNKS. Arief provided latest information, discussing threats and achievements in Kerinci Seblat National Park.

The event continued by observing forest cover monitoring process by FFI team at Kerinci Mountain. FFI team used drone to facilitate airborne observation. We gathered at the famous, Pintu Rimba, that becomes climbing entrance to the highest active volcano in Indonesia.

Historical forest loss analysis in Kerinci Seblat National Park by FFI shows significant increase in forest degradation between 2014 – 2016. The rate of forest loss in TNKS between 2001 and 2016 is 0.15% per year with natural or artificial reforestation. While ​​forest degradation in the core area is only 0.008% or only 8.2 Ha. Forest degradation happened in Merangin, Kerinci and South Solok districts.

The total ​​forest lost area between 2001 and 2016 minus reforestation area is ​​136.17 Ha. While the actual ​​forest degradation area reached 131.22 Ha or equal to 0.136% of the core area.

FFI team used drone to verify calculation of historical deforestation. The verifications were carried out on several forest boundaries in TNKS area. FFI conducted first drone monitoring in December 2017 and monitored annually until the end of project period.

Closing

Our busy schedules visiting Kerinci landscape ended with trip to Kerinci Mountain. Thousands of memories – and of course beautiful photographs – will always adorn our experiences visiting Bumi Sekepal Tanah Surga, literally means a piece of heaven on earth.

Witnessing the fog downs at Khayangan Hill while watching the sunrise, enjoying the delicious dendeng batokok, watching hornbills flying low over us, will become part of our best experiences witnessing the beauty of Kerinci’s nature.

Conserving biodiversity in this landscape has become mutual responsibility, not only for national agencies but also international agencies. One of them is the Sumatran Tiger Project which seeks to preserve the only remaining tigers in Indonesia, including those in Kerinci Seblat National Park. We surely return to Kerinci Seblat.

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Tiger Project, TNKS and FFI Facilitate Forest Patrol 

Sumatran Tiger Project facilitates forest Patrol conducted by Kerinci Seblat National Park (TNKS) and Forest Police Partnerning with Community from 14-20 April 2018.

The forest patrol started from Napal Melintang Village, Selangit Sub-district, Musi Rawas Regency, South Sumatera Province (Resort area of Musi Rawas Lubuk Linggau).

This patrol activity is part of the activities to refresh the use of SMART 4 applications in collaboration with Fauna and Flora International with funding from the Sumatran Tiger Project.

This patrol activity will enrich data collected from the patrol activities in Kerinci Seblat National Park in 2018. The patrol activities will also strengthen the use of SMART in every field activity in TNKS in addition to supporting the protection / protection of TNKS area and increasing the presence of officers in the field.

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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.

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