We have to deal with the trade. Currently we are facing many other crucial problems which, unfortunately, are causing the decline of Sumatran tiger populations, explained Dr. Tonny Soehartono, director for biodiversity conservation, Ministry of Forestry of Republic of Indonesia. We have been struggling with the issues of land use changes, habitat fragmentation, humantiger conflicts and poverty in Sumatra. Land use changes and habitat fragmentation are driving the tiger closer to humans and thus creating humantiger conflicts.
As a recent show of commitment, the President of the Republic of Indonesia launched the Conservation Strategy and Action Plan of Sumatran Tiger 20072017 during the 2007 Climate Change Convention in Bali.
Sumatra's few remaining tigers are also under threat from rampant deforestation by the pulp and paper and palm oil industries. The combined threats of habitat loss and illegal tradeunless tackled immediatelywill be the death knell for Indonesian tigers.
The Sumatran tiger is already listed as Critically Endangered on IUCNs Red List of Threatened Species, the highest category of threat before extinction in the wild, said Jane Smart, head of IUCNs Species Program. We cannot afford to lose any more of these magnificent creatures.
As Indonesia currently chairs the ASEAN-Wildlife Enforcement Network, TRAFFIC National Coordinator Dr. Ani Mardiastuti suggested the country, Demonstrate leadership to other ASEAN countries by taking action against illegal trade, including in tiger parts.
|Contact: Kathleen Sullivan|
World Wildlife Fund