As of: January 2018
Conserving priority habitats in the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Sumatra
Objective and activities
Bukit Barisan Selatan in Sumatra (356.800 ha), listed as UNESCO World Natural Heritage, is one of the most endangered National park of Indonesia. It houses the last Sumatra rhinos, one of the world's most vulnerable mammal species. UNESCO classifies the protected area as "endangered", due to the strong population pressure, planned road construction and poaching. The annual rate of deforestation is 1.848ha (2000-09). In the short term measures are urgently needed in order to preserve the forest as a carbon sink as well as habitat for the last rhinos. Based on Indonesia's international obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the rhino protection (Lampung declaration; CITES) the project aims to preserve 100,000 ha protection zone. Through introducing innovative management concepts, together with the local population poaching and Iillegal land acquisition shall be reduced and experiences for other endangered protected areas shall be generated.