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.
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.