Journalists Visit Gunung Leuser National Park

Sumatran Tiger Project has just finished facilitating a journalist’s visit to Gunung Leuser National Park between 27-29 August 2018. The visit aims to get to know more about the area’s protection activities, especially SMART patrol activities at the Bukit Lawang Resort.

On first day of the visit, the team held discussion with Head of Technical Conservation Division at Gunung Leuser National Park Office, Mr. Adhi Nurul Hadi and his team continued by trip to Bukit Lawang Resort on the second day.

At Bukit Lawang, a team consisting of Journalists from the Kompas Daily, The Jakarta Post, Sumatran Tiger PMU Staff and PIU Staff and WCS Staff, met with the Independent Patrol Team led by Misno.

The independent patrol team received support from Sumatran Tiger Project both in funding and capacity building through partner’s assistance, WCS or Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia.

The journalist team interviewed all members of patrol team to learn from successful implementation of SMART patrol in Bukit Lawang Resort. In 2017, Misno and the team patrolled 10 times in 96 days with total km walked reaching 204.54 km, almost the same distance as Jakarta to Cirebon.

Findings by SMART patrol team at field became the basis of national park’s planning and decision making to protect Gunung Leuser National Park. The success became positive example in conducting more efficient and effective patrol system, especially when dealing with various kinds of threats in national park areas such as encroachment, hunting, etc.

The SMART patrol team also raised awareness in community on the importance of national park protection and monitored environmental resources and wildlifes to sustain national park area.

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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

Contact 

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Telp: +62 21 578 52990

Email: info@sumatrantiger.id

Tiger Can Not Extinct in Sumatera

The Sumatran Tiger Project conducted an evaluation of the implementation of project activities in the first quarter and second quarter as well as the discussion on the planned activities of 2018.

Director of Biodiversity Conservation, Mr. Bambang Dahono Adji who is also the National Project Director of Sumatran Tiger Project opened this event. “Tigers should not be extinct in Sumatra Synergy with project partners and non-governmental organizations helps us achieve biodiversity conservation targets,” Bambang said.

Representatives from GEF, UNDP, WCS, ZSL, FFI, PIU staff and PMU Sumatran Tiger also attended the 2-day event from 10-11 October 2017 in Medan, North Sumatra.

Mr. Rudijanta Tjahja Nugraha, National Project Manager of Sumatran Tiger, explained the achievements of the project, followed by the exposure of PIU (Project Implementation Unit) and partners of national parks and NGOs, in all landscapes of Gunung Leuser, Bukit Barisan Selatan, Berbak-Sembilang and Kerinci Seblat .

“Gunung Leuser National Park has a lot of potential, germplasm potential, micro hydro, geothermal energy and ecotourism, but encroachment, hunting and illegal logging continues to be a threat,” said Misran, Head of Gunung Leuser National Park Office. BB TN Gunung Leuser in collaboration with the Sumatran Tiger Project and partners synergize patrols to suppress threats in the park.

In this event all stakeholders committed to implement synchronization and synergy in supporting the action of conservation of biodiversity including Sumatran tiger conservation action.

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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.

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Why Should We Save Tigers?

There are as few as 3,500 tigers left in the wild, we have to act now or this iconic animal could be extinct in less than 20 years (another reports mentioned in less than 15 years).

As apex predators, tigers shape the ecosystems in which they live. They prevent over-grazing by limiting herbivore numbers and maintain ecological integrity. Tigers are solitary and have large home ranges making them excellent ‘umbrella’ species providing space for a variety of other species to flourish.

Tiger reserves also sequester carbon, provide oxygen and slowly release ground water to regulate floods. Protecting the tiger will in turn protect these vital habitats.

Protecting existing tiger habitats and the reforestation of degraded habitat may help buffer the poorest communities in Asia against the impacts of river siltation and flooding, while providing global benefits.

Saving the tiger will help communities and local populations benefit from habitat resources and tourism.

Man is solely responsible for the slaughter of the tiger. In the natural world the tiger’s only predator is man. It is our collective responsibility to stop the killing and save the tiger in the wild.

Source: Tiger Time