Ramadan is upon us and the expedition is taking a break. But the work does not stop.
Febri has published a preliminary report for the first three groups. It’s available via https://www.dropbox.com/s/qv9c94tasksgm1z/Short%20Report%20XPDC%20RimbangBaling%20Slot%201%20-%203%20WWF-BE-KKB.pdf?dl=0. The report is in Bahasa, but a translation of the summary is below. It’s a Google Translate, so by no means perfect, but you get the gist. Of course an English report will be published after all six groups have been this year.
Franz, one of the journalists on the first group, has also just published an article in German broadsheet FAZ. This is at http://www.faz.net/aktuell/reise/blutegel-und-giftspinnen-tigerjagd-in-sumatra-13664512.html?printPagedArticle=true#pageIndex_2. And we’ve already told you about the article in South African Wildside magazine, but here’s the link again, in case you’ve missed it https://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/images/stories/pdfs/media/su-Wildside15.pdf.
Groups 1 – 3, we hope you have good memories. Groups 4 – 6, we hope your preparations are going well.
Rimbang Bukit Bukit Baling landscape is a priority landscapes the Sumatran tiger conservation efforts (Panthera tigris sumatrae) and has been included in the Tiger Conservation Landscape (TCL) so getting global attention to the conservation of endangered species. Constitute lowland rainforest hills that keep diversity high biological as well as a water tower for dozens of counties underneath. This landscape is also populated by people who are still use natural resources wisely. Because of its potential high, one of the activities that are very relevant to be applied in this landscape is activity-based biodiversity and ecotourism local culture. WWF – Indonesia, Biosphere Expeditions, and Groups Work Batudinding work together to initiate tourist activities. The second component is based on the locale. With participants are foreign communities of various continents in the world, citizen scientist become the focus in this ecotourism activities. This activity is titled expedition tiger Sumatra held throughout the 6 (six) slots each – each two week of the month from May to June 2015 and from July to September 2015. Scientific Aspects become the main focus in the implementation of this expedition where we have a goal or a big goal because research on tiger expedition Sumatra is a crucial activity that through this activity able to provide a lot of information related to tigers and is also related with their biological information for conservation and management Rimbang Bukit Bukit Baling landscape. Initial results on the 3 (three) slot tops the period of May – June 2015 that it had conducted three core activities, namely survey both signs of the existence of wildlife as well as the installation of a camera trap, survey of social aspects related to the protection and human-tiger conflict, and environmental education at several elementary and secondary school level. This activity has a positive impact on wildlife conservation efforts as well as habitat, empowerment of local communities, as well as the development of activities ecotourism special interest in landscape Baling and Bukit Bukit Rimbang surroundings.