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For Sumatran elephant conservation, involvement of local people is key (commentary)

by Roderick T.J. Buiskool on 5 January 2021 For critically endangered Sumatran elephants, a long-term conservation strategy must include community involvement in mitigating human-elephant conflict, in addition to securing viable habitats. Any successful conflict mitigation should raise the awareness of–and gain acceptance from–the local community, requiring adequate support from governments and conservation NGOs. Only when viable habitats […]

On plantations and in ‘protected’ areas, Sumatran elephants keep turning up dead


by Mongabay Indonesia and Tempo on 16 December 2020 | Translated by Loren Bell In Sumatra’s Riau province, 93% of known elephant habitat is in forests where commercial and industrial activity is permitted. In the past five years, at least seven elephants have been found dead in pulp and paper concessions controlled by affiliates of industry giants Asia […]

A forest in Sumatra disappears for farms and roads. So do its elephants

by Mongabay Indonesia and Tempo on 14 December 2020 | Translated by Loren Bell The 15,300-hectare (37,900-acre) Balai Raja Wildlife Reserve in Sumatra’s Riau province was established in 1986 and designated an elephant reserve in 1992. By 2010, less than 200 hectares of intact forest remained in the reserve. The elephant herd, which as of 2014 numbered 25, […]

In Sumatra, forest edge communities must be at the center of conservation efforts (commentary)

by Roderick T.J. Buiskool on 30 September 2020 Forest-edge communities in North Sumatra, Indonesia, are on the front lines when it comes to nature conservation efforts, and require greater support and social protection from the government and NGOs. With the failure of ecotourism in the wake of COVID-19, safeguarding community well-being requires more focus on diversification of […]