Kalaweit Land Purchase

Wildlife Asia works in partnership with Kalaweit to support the purchase of land in Sumatra.

The Supayang reserve is home to an enormous variety of Critically Endangered and Endangered species, and faces immediate threat of being destroyed by developers. The Reserve is high in biodiversity and adjacent to a large protected area (Hutan Lindung Payang Sekaki) of almost 20,000 ha, as well as the Kalaweit Conservation Centre, which houses Siamang (Sympahalangus syndactylus), Agile gibbon (Hylobates agilis), Malayan Sunbear (Helartcos mayalanus) and the only captive population of the Critically Endangered Klosses gibbon (Hylobates klossii).

The Supayang Reserve is now over 240 hectares, with plans to extend even further as new allotments become available.

Supayang Nature Conservation Reserve

Supayang Nature Conservation Reserve

 

Purchasing land, which enables the permanent protection forests, is a rare opportunity in Indonesia as local laws and land classifications usually prevent this from being possible.  With the current rate of forest destruction in Indonesia we must ensure that any areas that can be purchased for the purpose of conservation are acquired urgently.

Supayang Reserve is situated in the Supayang village, Kabupaten Solok District in West Sumatra, Indonesia.

Supayang location, Sumatra, Indonesia.

Supayang location, Sumatra, Indonesia.

The Supayang reserve lies at an altitude of 900 – 1050 meters and comprises of both primary and good quality secondary forest.

In March 2014 a horse patrol unit was established, providing an effective monitoring and patrol strategy for this area. Two full time guards are employed to patrol the area on horseback. This patrol method has been implemented in other projects in Sumatra, which occupy similar terrain and it enables further ground to be covered with limited resources.

Kalaweit also employ the use of a paramoter to patrol their site in Borneo from the air and will soon use this method in Supayang in addition to the horse patrol.

Kalaweit horseback and air patrols.

Kalaweit horseback and air patrols.

Ongoing camera trap surveys are being conducted with several key species having been identified to date. Below images confirm the presence of Malayan sunbears, Clouded leopard, Golden cat, Leopard cat, Muntjac and tapirs.

Supayang camera trap images from 2014.

Supayang camera trap images from 2014.

Kalaweit currently employs 52 staff (all Indonesian) across the two projects and have engaged local communities through the operation of the highly successful Kalaweit fm radio station. The radio station continues to be the number one regional radio station and broadcasts intermittent conservation messages amongst popular music, targeting the younger generation. Almost 60% of animals rescued by Kalaweit are a direct result of these broadcasts demonstrating highly effective delivery of conservation messages. Kalaweit Director, Chanee, has also gained a significant public profile with appearances on internationally syndicated television series and through the publication of numerous books. Kalaweit has also recently introduced a free smart phone App enabling users to directly report illegal wildlife activities.

Kalaweit is a well-established conservation organisation in both Kalimantan and Sumatra and has been engaging local communities in their work for over 15 years. Employing only local staff, the project has always strived to build the capacity and skill set of local people.

The Supayang Reserve has outstanding potential as a pilot project for land purchase in Indonesia, providing long term protection for wildlife and habitat. Potential exists for managed reintroduction/reinforcement programs in the future as well as the possibility of ecotourism to support conservation initiatives.

At present land is available for $1500 AUD/ha. If you would like to assist in the purchase of habitat to protect wildlife forever please contact us today at clare.campbell@wildlifeasia.org.au or +61 438 992 325

 


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