Addressing participants of a discussion on protecting the Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) at @America in Jakarta on 1 October 2014, Jamal M Gawi from Leuser International Foundation stated that the destruction of nature is a threat not only to wildlife species but also to people in the surrounding areas and their culture.
Jamal added that one of the problems in the Leuser Ecosystem is the change to the land function, which results in damage to the ecosystem and the occurrence of floods.
In 2002 Bahorok, an orangutan habitat area within Gunung Leuser National Park, was hit by flash floods, which killed more than 200 people in the neighboring villages. The floods were mainly caused by illegal logging. Severe floods in Aceh Tamiang district in Aceh in 2006 were also caused by illegal logging. People are now worried of floods in the rainy season. The frequent flash floods provide evidence that damage to nature will also cause a loss to human-beings, who will lose their homes. Jamal also mentioned that damage to villages may also result in the loss of culture, even culture that has not yet been discovered.
(Translated from KOMPAS.com, 2 October 2014)
Writer : Risky Wulandari
Editor : Yunanto Wiji Utomo