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Published on : 2007-09-05
Galhano alves exposition   Read more

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Published on: 2012-11-07
Indonesians hide diversity richness to destroy forests without any opposition

 

Camera traps reveal secrets of 'worthless' forest
13:03 31 October 2007
NewScientist.com news service
Catherine Brahic
Secret snapshots of endangered animals roaming through Sumatran forest are proof that areas which the Indonesian government has deemed “worthless” to conservation are anything but, says the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in the UK.
The pictures were taken inside 2000 square kilometres of forest adjacent to the Bukit Tiga Puluh National Park in central Sumatra using covert camera "traps". These traps consist of cameras fitted with motion sensors which are triggered whenever anything moves into their range.
Although the area is clearly home to many large animals, it does not enjoy the protection of the national park, as it has previously been logged and is partially settled.
Such areas are now being allocated for exploitation by industries such as oil palm and timber plantations, says the ZSL. The society's scientists are concerned that the Indonesian government is classifying areas that have previously been exploited as irrelevant to conservation.
"There is an assumption made that all land that is not primary forest is worthless," says Sarah Christie, programme manager for the ZSL. "Clearly, that is not correct."

Vulnerable mammals
In a recent 10-week survey, ZSL cameras took pictures of a great number of large mammals moving through the area, including critically endangered Sumatran tigers, and whole families of Asian elephants, which are classified as endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
The cameras have also captured Asian tapirs, golden cats, and clouded leopards on film. The IUCN classifies all of these animals as being vulnerable to becoming extinct.
Adnun Salampessy, a field researcher for ZSL, says he was "astonished" to see the images: "Although we always believed these areas were important, it is incredibly encouraging to have actual, incontrovertible proof of the animals' presence."

Timber concessions
Indonesia has made encouraging conservation moves in recent years. In January 2007, it agreed to help conserve 22 million hectares of rainforest in the "Heart of Borneo", the last large block of forest in the island's interior.
Christie and her colleagues at ZSL would like to see the Indonesian government survey areas of forest that have previously been exploited to find out how they are used by the wildlife before allocating concessions for exploitation.
"This would have been a good area to protect," she told New Scientist, saying that the 2000 square kilometres of forest could have made a buffer zone between the national park and human settlements outside it.
However, ZSL believes the government has earmarked the area for clearing to make way for plantations. "We think the concession has already been allocated," says Christie. "We're fairly sure a timber company has got it."


Alain Sennepin