• Mr. Franck Viault (Head of Cooperation), Ms. Marja Daffern (Deputy Head of Finance, Contracts and Audit) and Mr. Giovanni Serritella (Programme Manager for Environment, Climate change and FLEGT-VPA) of the EU Delegation to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN visited the base camp of the Elephant Patrol Unit (EPU), which is managed  and operated by LIF, at Aras Napal on Thursday, 16 April 2015. More

  • Seven of the world's rarest rhinoceroses have been found in a national park in Indonesia. This is the first time the creatures have been seen in 26 years. Deforestation is still pushing the Sumatran toward extinction.

    Hidden cameras buried deep in an Indonesian national park have snapped images of seven critically endangered Sumatran rhinos. The rhinos haven't been seen in more than a quarter of a century and conservationists had feared the Sumatran was extinct. But, six females and one male rhino are now known to live in the Mount Leuser National Park, which is on the northern tip of Sumatra. More

  • The Leuser Management Unit (LMU), while implementing the Leuser Development Programme (funded jointly by the EU and GoI), officially launched the Elephant Patrol Unit (EPU) in Aras Napal on 9 May 2000 and this was the first of its kind in Indonesia. More

  • The Conservation Response Unit (CRU) will mitigate human-elephant conflicts. This Unit has four trained elephants under the supervision of a mahout provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA). The project will support the initial cost for the infrastructure development of the CRU and also support its operational costs until 2016. The elephants will be supported and the local community will participate in monitoring wildlife conflicts and illegal forestry activities. More

  • Dr. Jamal Gawi, MES, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Leuser International Foundation, participated in a discussion on Tigers (Wildlife Protection Series) at @america Pacific Place in Jakarta on Wednesday, 1 October 2014. More


Destruction of nature threatens human-beings and culture

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



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