Sumatran elephants are key protected animals and need to be preserved

Assistant II of Bengkulu Province Secretariat Yuliswani officially launched the Sumatra Elephant Essential Ecosystem in the Seblat Bengkulu Landscape on Thursday at the DLHK Office in Bengkulu Province.

This launching itself is the starting point of a series of activities that will be carried out in an effort to preserve the Sumatran Elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus).

"With the launching and the zero point also being signed by the Director General we hope that the development of this region can be done together - we also hope that this region can become a tourist area for Bengkulu Province," explained Assistant II Yuliswani.

Sumatran elephants are key protected animals and need to be preserved. Its habitat and population are in the Seblat Nature Tourism Park, Plantation, Production Forest and Kerinci Seblat National Park which are areas of high ecosystem value.

During this time the Sumatran Elephant population is separated - there is no pathway connecting between groups causing the Sumatran Elephant population to be threatened from extinction. The unconnection of one group of elephants with another group of elephants makes Sumatran elephants vulnerable to group marriages which results in offspring becoming weak and short-lived.

For this reason the Bengkulu Provincial Government together with relevant stakeholders is striving for an elephant movement corridor between the Seblat Nature Tourism Park and the Kerinci Seblat National Park so that the Elephant group is connected to each other.

"The forest area around the Seblat area must also be maintained so that the forest area can be a habitat for Sumatran Elephants, this is certainly our responsibility, both from the central government, Bengkulu Provincial Government and the local District Government," added Yuliswani.

Please, The Secretariat of the Directorate General of Conservation of Natural Resources and Ecosystems of Sri Kurniati appreciated the steps of the Bengkulu Provincial Government, which was also supported by various environmental NGOs, companies, community leaders and academics.

"The role of each party shows that there has been a shared spirit in building synergies in building a conservation conservation program and action in the management of High Ecosystem Ecosystems, especially the preservation of the Sumatran Elephant population," Sri Kurniati explained.

Head of Bengkulu Province LHK Service Sorjum Ahyan explained that the action plan for the Elephant Corridor Essential Ecosystem Area has been compiled in Governor Decree No. S497/DLHK 2017, last December 22, 2017.

"The action plan that has been prepared is expected to be able to become a reference and guide for the implementation of management of essential ecosystems of the Sumatran Elephant habitat in the Seblat Landscape as an effort to curb the extinction of the Sumatran Elephant in Bengkulu Province," Sorjum Ahyan said.