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Thu 24 Jun 2004

Study visit for Sembilang-Berbak National Parks project, Sumatra

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A group of 18 government officials and members of NGOs involved in the Sembiland-Berbak national parks project coordinated by Wetlands International Indonesia visited the Raffles Museum on Mon 31 May 2004. Ng Ngan Kee of the Systematics & Ecology Lab conducted a tour of the Public Gallery and the museum's faunal collections, discussing how the exhibits and collections were setup and managed. This was followed by a sesssion by Research Officer N. Sivasothi on the approach towards research, education and conservation adopted by the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research.

Here on a study trip for five days, the group had previously visited Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve (SBWR) and Tanjung Piai Johor National Park in Malaysia. Irwansyah Reza Lubis of Wetlands International gave a talk about the park at SBWR on Saturday, 30 May 2004.

Sembilang National Park was setup in 2003 in south-eastern Sumatra. Over 350,000 hectares of peat swamp, freshwater swamp and mangroves, the park is host to a few critically-endangered Sumatran tigers. Amongst the issues they have to deal with is conflict with man as transmigration projects eat into the tiger's range, resulting in attacks on people. One hope is the acquisition of buffer land between the park and the adjacent and much older Berbak National Park forming a continuous area of protected land. The national park project is funded by GEF and World Bank.

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