Current Status of Forest Management Unit Effectiveness Versus Decreasing the population of Sumatran Tigers in the Ulu Masen Protected Area, Aceh
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- Ulu Masen Ecosystem, Forest Management Unit, Sumatran Tiger
Ulu Masen ecosystem (738,000 ha) of the Aceh Province is one of the last vast wildernesses in South East Asia. IUCN categorized areas under Category VI as protected areas, primarily due to their unique cultural values and traditional natural resources management practices. It is home to the Critically Endangered Sumatran Tiger under immense pressure from habitat loss and illegal hunting. In 2013, the Governor of Aceh established forest management units (FMU) to improve the ecosystem’s management. Between 2012 and 2013, a collaborative camera-trapping survey detected nine tiger individuals. In 2017, however, a repeat camera-trapping survey in approximately the same area detected only three tiger individuals. Evidence of high hunting pressure was also found during the survey to discover many active snares. A Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool assessment, which was valid through the same period of the surveys, scored the FMU performance 55 to 60%. The lack of capacity in forest patrols and wildlife monitoring contributed to that low, less effective scores. We urge the Aceh government to take necessary actions to strengthen the capacity of the FMU in forest patrols and wildlife monitoring to anticipate and tackle various illegal activities.
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TY - CONF AU - Silfi Iriyani AU - A. Humam Hamid AU - Agus Setyarso AU - Hairul Basri AU - Dedi Kiswayadi PY - 2021 DA - 2021/04/10 TI - Current Status of Forest Management Unit Effectiveness Versus Decreasing the population of Sumatran Tigers in the Ulu Masen Protected Area, Aceh BT - Proceedings of the Joint Symposium on Tropical Studies (JSTS-19) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 298 EP - 303 SN - 2468-5747 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/absr.k.210408.050 DO - 10.2991/absr.k.210408.050 ID - Iriyani2021 ER -