Asia Pulp and Paper ( APP ), in collaboration with the Riau Forestry Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Center ( BKSDA ), concession holders and the Sumatran Tiger Conservation Program, is making joint efforts to protect and increase the Sumatran tiger population in the Senepis-Buluhala Tiger Sanctuary in Riau, Sumatra.
The Sumatran tiger, one of five remaining tiger sub-species with an estimated remaining population of 400, is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's critically endangered list. "To ensure humans and tigers can harmoniously coexist in the region, APP's pulpwood suppliers have set aside 15,025 hectares of core conservation area and an additional 4,325 hectares of conservation corridor in Senepis," APP said in a statement.
"Today, APP, its pulpwood suppliers and other working group members are planning to implement a Fenced Tiger Prey study as a means to find new ways to address human-tiger conflict. The study will involve placing live prey in fenced areas to observe the feeding behavior of tigers and will be used to develop strategies to protect tigers away from settlements," the company said. - JP