PRIVATE SECTORS: HOME TO SUMATRAN TIGER OUTSIDE CONSERVATION AREA.
Forest conversions to large scale plantations has forced the Sumatran tiger to live in many forestry concessions. In these human-modified land uses, interactions between human and tigers are often inevitably. To formulate an effective conservation management and intervention, robust assessment on the conservation status of Sumatran tiger and principal preys is critical to provide baseline data against which conservation interventions will be evaluated.
SINTAS Indonesia has collaborated with major private sectors, namely APRIL and APP, to evaluate the conservation status of Sumatran tiger and principal preys in their forestry concessions. Covering more than13,800 km2 of plantations, SINTAS has carried out a series of detection/non-detection surveys in 48 of 289 km2 grid cells following a standardized and robust patch occupancy framework. As part of the ongoing Sumatra-Wide Tiger Survey, involving more than 35 institutions, the main objectives of the assessment are:
- To promote active involvement of the companies to become part of a larger multi-party partnership in Sumatran tiger conservation.
- To provide baseline dataset on key terrestrial biodiversity in forestry concessions, to allow the companies to evaluate their conservation performance in scientifically robust manners.
- To formulate a set of practical recommendations to the companies to effectively manage and conserve tiger populations in their concession