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Unique wildlife reserve still overwhelmingly blanketed by peat forests
July 20, 2020

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - Larger than Singapore, the Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve on the coast of Southern Aceh, which forms one of the most important backbones of the Leuser Ecosystem, is still predominantly covered by peat forests.

The Leuser Ecosystem, most of which lies in Aceh, spans an area 250 times larger than Paris and is the only place on earth inhabited by Sumatran orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos in a huge single habitat.

In early January this year, Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya pointed out that the Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve remained almost entirely composed of intact peat forests, as reported by FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Jan 6).

“As of July this year, nearly the entire Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve still consists of intact peat forests,” said Minister Nurbaya in a technical discussion on the monitoring of conservation areas amid the COVID-19 pandemic (Jul 17). 

The following Sentinel Hub images show that as of early this month, as pointed out by Minister Nurbaya, virtually the whole Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve is still made up of peat forests which, among other things, continue to play a vital role as a home to the abovementioned flagship species.



The Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve is completely unrivalled in terms of its rich biodiversity and as a home to key wildlife species within a single peat forest landscape.

The photos of the wildlife reserve below, taken to coincide with earth day last year, still reflect the current situation whereby intact peat forests continue to predominate.





Office relocation 

Minister Nurbaya added that the growing global COVID-19 pandemic poses a number of challenges that need to be addressed to ensure the continuation of protective efforts on various levels including in conservation areas.

According to the minister, satellite-based monitoring of all conservation sites is ongoing despite the pandemic, while ground-level observations on certain levels also continue.

“The Gunung Leuser National Park, another major backbone of the Leuser Ecosystem in addition to the Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve, is also still on my radar,” she added.

During the technical discussion, the minister also revealed that the headquarters of the Gunung Leuser National Park is slated to be moved from North Sumatra to Aceh. 

“We greatly appreciate the substantial concerns of the parliament members from Aceh about the Leuser Ecosystem, including the national park. We continue to be in strong alignment with them in the interest of strengthening the protection of the Leuser Ecosystem,” she asserted.

Historic legal move

In early November 2016, Minister Nurbaya made the bold legal move of reimposing the boundaries of the Leuser Ecosystem to become an inseparable part of the Aceh spatial plan, as reported by FORESTHINTS.NEWS at the time.

The step was taken in response to the December 2013 legal move by the Aceh provincial government to exclude the Leuser Ecosystem's boundaries from the Aceh spatial plan, deemed to be a considerable legal setback for the ecosystem.

Minister Nurbaya’s action ensured that the boundaries of the Leuser Ecosystem boundaries would continue to form a legal part of the Aceh spatial plan, an historic move on the part of the minister.



TAGS: LEUSER ECOSYSTEM , PEAT FORESTS , KEY WILDLIFE

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POLICY

Unique wildlife reserve still overwhelmingly blanketed by peat forests
July 20, 2020

facebookfinal.png wafinal.png twitterfinal.png emailfinal.png

JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - Larger than Singapore, the Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve on the coast of Southern Aceh, which forms one of the most important backbones of the Leuser Ecosystem, is still predominantly covered by peat forests.

The Leuser Ecosystem, most of which lies in Aceh, spans an area 250 times larger than Paris and is the only place on earth inhabited by Sumatran orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos in a huge single habitat.

In early January this year, Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya pointed out that the Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve remained almost entirely composed of intact peat forests, as reported by FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Jan 6).

“As of July this year, nearly the entire Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve still consists of intact peat forests,” said Minister Nurbaya in a technical discussion on the monitoring of conservation areas amid the COVID-19 pandemic (Jul 17). 

The following Sentinel Hub images show that as of early this month, as pointed out by Minister Nurbaya, virtually the whole Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve is still made up of peat forests which, among other things, continue to play a vital role as a home to the abovementioned flagship species.



The Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve is completely unrivalled in terms of its rich biodiversity and as a home to key wildlife species within a single peat forest landscape.

The photos of the wildlife reserve below, taken to coincide with earth day last year, still reflect the current situation whereby intact peat forests continue to predominate.





Office relocation 

Minister Nurbaya added that the growing global COVID-19 pandemic poses a number of challenges that need to be addressed to ensure the continuation of protective efforts on various levels including in conservation areas.

According to the minister, satellite-based monitoring of all conservation sites is ongoing despite the pandemic, while ground-level observations on certain levels also continue.

“The Gunung Leuser National Park, another major backbone of the Leuser Ecosystem in addition to the Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve, is also still on my radar,” she added.

During the technical discussion, the minister also revealed that the headquarters of the Gunung Leuser National Park is slated to be moved from North Sumatra to Aceh. 

“We greatly appreciate the substantial concerns of the parliament members from Aceh about the Leuser Ecosystem, including the national park. We continue to be in strong alignment with them in the interest of strengthening the protection of the Leuser Ecosystem,” she asserted.

Historic legal move

In early November 2016, Minister Nurbaya made the bold legal move of reimposing the boundaries of the Leuser Ecosystem to become an inseparable part of the Aceh spatial plan, as reported by FORESTHINTS.NEWS at the time.

The step was taken in response to the December 2013 legal move by the Aceh provincial government to exclude the Leuser Ecosystem's boundaries from the Aceh spatial plan, deemed to be a considerable legal setback for the ecosystem.

Minister Nurbaya’s action ensured that the boundaries of the Leuser Ecosystem boundaries would continue to form a legal part of the Aceh spatial plan, an historic move on the part of the minister.


TAGS: LEUSER ECOSYSTEM , PEAT FORESTS , KEY WILDLIFE

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