Conserving priority habitats in the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Sumatra
As of: April 2021
Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park encompasses the largest contiguous lowland rainforest in Sumatra and a rich biodiversity – including endangered species such as the Sumatran rhino, Sumatran elephant and Sumatran tiger. UNESCO has classified the protected area as endangered due to ever-increasing settlement, planned road construction and poaching. In the short term, measures are urgently needed to preserve the forest as a carbon sink and as a habitat for endangered species. Based on Indonesia’s international obligations under the CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) and rhino protection, the project is contributing to the preservation of a 100,000 hectare protection zone. Innovative management concepts are being applied together with the local population to curb illegal land grabbing and poaching. The project also makes its experience available to other endangered protected areas.
State of implementation/results
- The management concept for the Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) has been elaborated
- Project equipment is being procured and park infrastructure set up or improved
- The system of SMART patrols is being established and has led to several arrests already
- First training courses (animal smuggling and eco tourism) were implemented