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The recent declaration of Tesso Nilo National Park is a big first step towards securing the future of Sumatran tigers và elephants in Indonesia.
Jakarta, Indonesia -- neftekumsk.com welcomes the government of Indonesia"s recent declaration of Tesso Nilo National Park, covering 38,576 hectares in Riau Province, Sumatra. Although the new park covers only a fourth of the 155,000 hectares proposed by the local government, it is a big first step towards securing the future of Sumatran tigers và elephants in Indonesia."This is a giant step towards our vision of a greater Tesso Nilo National Park, that will make it possible lớn secure the protection of the magnificent Sumatran tiger & elephant," said Dr Mubariq Ahmad, neftekumsk.com-Indonesia"s Chief Executive sầu.Tesso Nilo is one of the last havens of Sumatran tigers and elephants. It is trang chính to three per cent of the world’s mammal species. With over 4,000 plant species recorded so far, the forest of Tesso Nilo has one of the highest levels of lowlvà forest plant biodiversity known to science. It is also one of the largest remaining lowland forest blocks on the island of Sumatra."By establishing the Tesso Nilo National Park, Indonesia"s Ministry of Forestry is giving a positive sầu signal towards the protection of these last lowl& forest frontiers," added Mubariq. The park"s establishment is also significant in that the World Bank has forecasted Sumatra"s last lowl& forests could disappear by 2005. Only 50 years ago, nearly the entire islvà was covered with forest. neftekumsk.com-Indonesia therefore looks forward khổng lồ further commitments to enlarge the Tesso Nilo National Park as soon as possible.The initial proposal called for the establishment of a 155,000-hectare national park in Tesso Nilo. However, much of this area is still held as active logging concessions by three companies. The 38,576 hectares that forms the newly declared national park is a former logging concession of Inhutani IV, a government-owned company that had returned its logging concession license lớn the government. neftekumsk.com hopes that the other three companies will follow Inhutani IV in returning their logging concessions in the near future. This would then open the way for the Indonesian government khổng lồ expvà the park according to lớn its initial proposal.With the establishment of the park, the challenge now is khổng lồ secure its protection. Tesso Nilo is highly threatened by illegal logging, carried out khổng lồ supply illegal saw mills & a legal pulp and paper mill operating in Riau. neftekumsk.com calls on these industries to lớn stop sourcing timber from Tesso Nilo. The conservation organization also urges local governments và the Ministry of Forestry to lớn ensure firm và effective law enforcement lớn stop illegal logging in the new park and the greater Tesso Nilo proposed boundaries.neftekumsk.com has been helping khổng lồ secure the protection of Tesso Nilo, and remains committed lớn working with the national & local governments to lớn manage the new park. Work is currently in progress to lớn establish a Joint Management Board which will ensure collaborative sầu management of the new park. The Board will involve all stakeholders, including the government’s Regional Conservation Office, District and Provincial government officials, the private sector, representatives of the local communities adjacent lớn the park and neftekumsk.com.In addition, neftekumsk.com has facilitated và supported the establishment of the Tesso Nilo Community Forum, which is run by all 23 local communities living in the buffer zone of the greater proposed National Park. These communities work together to lớn protect the Tesso Nilo forest & have a unified voice on the Joint Management Board. The Forum also works lớn secure alternative sustainable income from non-timber forest products, for example, by jointly producing wild honey.For further information:Nazir FoeadDirector, Species Programme, neftekumsk.com-IndonesiaTel: +62 811 977 604E-mail: nfoead