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Indonesia : Priority Wildlife Population in Indonesia Increases.

In the past three years, the number of priority wildlife populations in Indonesia has increased. Although there are still many challenges, increasing the number of protected wildlife populations shows that conservation work in this government has shown positive results.

This was revealed by Director General of Natural Resources Conservation and Ecosystem of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Wiratno in the Smart Chat (NgoPi) event with reporters in Pekanbaru, Monday (05/13/2019).

This priority wildlife population is spread in various conservation areas as well as forest areas and beyond. In some site monitoring there was an increase such as Bali starling including Bali Starling in West Bali National Park, from 31 in 2015 to 191 in 2019. In the same period, the Javan Rhino in Ujung Kulon National Park increased from 63 to 68. Javan Gibbons from 546 tails became 1,107 tails. Sumatran elephants from 611 tails became 693 tails. Sumatran tigers from 180 tails to 220 tails, and Javanese eagles from 91 tails to 113 tails.

Wiratno said the increase in the priority population of wild animals was inseparable from the role of the media and the community who were actively involved in the spirit of conservation. Because of that his side always opens up to parties who want to give information related to conservation.

"I will not be stale if there are reports from below. All the National Parks / Balai Balai Balai and Balai Besar / Natural Resources Conservation Centers (KSDA) also have a call center. If there are reports, they should respond. If you don't respond, please report immediately. to my personal WA number, I will definitely respond, "Wiratno said in front of more than 150 journalists present, while distributing his personal cellphone number.

Wiratno said that many corrective actions were carried out under the leadership of the Minister of Environment and Forestry (LHK) Siti Nurbaya. One of them is to actively involve the community. Many of the findings and efforts in the field actually come from community reports, and are resolved together by involving the community.

"The involvement of the public both through the WA group and social media is one of the keys to maintaining the sustainability of our ecosystem. Together with the public we must protect areas that are still intact, restore damaged, build corridors, and other conservation efforts," Wiratno explained.

Conservation areas in Indonesia currently reach 27.14 million ha. There are around 6,000 villages surrounding the area. Wiratno invited all parties to jointly maintain and manage nature in order to bring blessings and welfare to the communities around the area.

He gave an example of changes in the behavior of people in the Tangkahan ecotourism area, Batang Serangan sub-district, North Sumatra's Langkat Regency.

"There used to be a lot of logging activities here. But now people there are no longer active in disturbing the forest. They are preserving the area so that many tourists come. There are billions of money generated to support the communities around the area," he said.

Meanwhile the Director of Forest Prevention and Safeguard of the Directorate General of Law Enforcement of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Sustyo Iriyono, said that his office is consistent in carrying out various efforts to prevent and prosecute environmental and forestry crimes.

"Even though it is only 4 years old, the Gakkum KLHK is very strict. We strengthen not only the number of personnel, but also the ability. We collaborate with various agencies, so that the information we need for prevention and law enforcement is easy," he said.

In this activity, the speaker was Chairperson of the Muhammadiyah Riau Environment Council Dr. Elviriadi He appreciates the Ministry of Environment and Forestry for holding events with the media in the regions.

"This is an extraordinary step to build soft communication about environmental issues," he said.

Elviriadi said, the Riau Malay community itself had always had local wisdom in protecting the forest. "We have a forest prohibition, which is guarded by the community as a conservation area," Elviriadi said.

The NgoPi program is a routine agenda held by PWI Riau in collaboration with KLHK. The Chairman of the Riau PWI, Zulmansyah Sekedang, said that this event was a forum for communication as well as education for journalists about KLHK's actual work so far.

Also attending the event were the Head of the Public Relations Bureau, Head of the Riau KSDA Headquarters, Head of the Sumatra Ecoregion Development Center (P3E), Head of the UPT and 150 journalists.

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Date:May 15, 2019
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