Government and Conservation Organizations Mobilize Resources to Save the Sumatran Tiger

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Jakarta -Workshop on Mobilizing Resources for the Restoration of habitat and population of Sumatran tigers will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, in Jakarta.

The workshop is organized by the Ministry of Forestry and BAPPENAS, supported by several activists of the Sumatran tiger conservation organization, those are Forum HarimauKita, Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF-Indonesia, Fauna & Flora International, Taman Safari Indonesia, and the Zoological Society of London. The workshop will be opened by the Minister of Forestry, Zulkifli Hasan.

Tiger conservation experts and observers regard this decade as a crucial period to the success of efforts to save tigers. Rescue strategy generally includes the protection of tiger habitat protection or improvement of core and connecting areas between one tiger conservation landscape (Tiger Conservation Landscapes – TCL) with other TCL.

Furthermore, the general strategy has been outlined in more detail in the National Recovery Plan for the Tiger (National Tiger Recovery Program – NTRP) which is part of the Global Tiger Recovery Program agreed by tiger range countries in the International Tiger Forum in St. Petersburg. Petersburg, Russia 21 to 24 November 2010. Government of Indonesia has committed to restoring order out of the tiger population is now considered critical condition.

Hariyo T. Wibisono, Chairman of the Forum HarimauKita said, “In addition to its crucial role in maintaining the balance of forest ecosystems, the tiger also has a very strategic role in the continuity of the work of conservation in the future.”

Hariyo adds that the critical condition of the habitat and population of tigers is also an indicator of threat of the environmental conditions and sustainable life of  community.  Therefore, restoration of habitat conditions and population of tigers is also very important for the recovery of the environment in general.

The workshop invites various related government agencies, companies in the field of forestry and other sectors, as well as non governmental organizations, both national and interasional. The workshop is expected to become a means of learning about the Sumatran tiger conservation, resource mobilization and improving the effectiveness of resource utilization, and to produce guidelines and more specific strategies in the implementation of the National Recovery Plan for Tiger.

Species of tigers around the world at this time there were only about 3200 individuals which includes six sub-species of the Sumatran tiger, Bengal, Amur, Indochinese, South China, and Malaya. The main threat of extinction include habitat loss and fragmentation are not controlled, a reduced number of natural prey, poaching and illegal trade, and conflict with communities living around tiger habitats.

Sub-species that exist in Indonesia, the Sumatran tiger, with a population of about 400 individuals, representing 12 percent of the total population of tigers in the world – this condition has put Indonesia as a key country in the conservation of tigers in the world.