Situbondo (Antara Jatim) - Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia awarded plaque and funding to 10 residents and private institutions who cares about the environment at the end of 2017 National Nature Conservation Day at Baluran National Park, Situbondo Regency, East Java, on Thursday.
One of the institutions that received the award from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, namely Artha Graha Peduli (AGP) Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation (TWNC) Lampung.
"We are grateful for the award given directly by the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Darmin Nasution and accompanied by Minister of Environment and Forestry, Mrs. Siti Nurbaya," said the Coordinator of TWNC Nature Conservation Ardi Bayu Firmansyah after receiving the Ministry of Environment and Forestry award in Situbondo.
He stated that the Directorate General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation and Directorate of Utilization of Conservation Forest Service of the Ministry of Environment and Ministry stated that PT Adhiniaga Kreasinusa managing TWNC is assessed to commit to the rehabilitation of Sumatran tiger and invasive species control.
In the decree, he said, the government assessed the recipients of awards both individually and companies and communities that have been proven to conduct activities that support the sustainability of the environment and forestry, especially in the field of conservation of natural resources and ecosystems.
"This award is given to TWNC as the holder of the best special conservation institution license," he explained.
Ardi explained, TWNC is a part of Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (TNBBS) which was formed on the cooperation of various parties. Such as Artha Graha Peduli Foundation (AGP) TNBBS, BKSDA Bengkulu and Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
Since 2007, TWNC under AGP is assisted by Taman Safari Indonesia, he added, paying full attention to the endangered Sumatran tiger population, by establishing an Animal Rehabilitation Center (PRS).
"The establishment of this PRS aims to save and restore a Sumatran tiger that is in conflict with humans," he said.
Data were obtained, in mid of 2008, five Sumatran tigers that were in conflict with humans were relocated to PRS TWNC and one crocodile was immediately released in Tambling.
After rehabilitation, two Sumatran tigers were released to wildlife on July 22, 2008, while others still needed treatment at PRS TWNC.
A year later, precisely on October 15, 2009, PRS TWNC was inaugurated as an Institute of Wildlife Conservation by the Ministry of Forestry at the time.
Total to date, TWNC has released seven Sumatran tigers for four times as well as other rare animals such as lemurs, estuarine crocodiles, turtles, and eagles.
The release of the tiger at TWNC was first undertaken by Forestry Minister MS Kaban on July 22, 2008 and the second exemption by Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan on January 22, 2010.
And then, the third release is done by Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya and Minister of Marine and Fishery Susi Pudjiastuti on March 3, 2015.