Company protects endangered Borneo Pygmy Elephant
The loss of Borneo elephants’ habitat and home range has pushed the species into conflict with humans. WWF Indonesia’s data shows that from 2005 to 2007, approximately 16,000 oil palm trees owned by community and palm oil plantations were damaged by these elephants, also known as “Pygmy elephants”. Furthermore, monitoring results from 2005 to 2009 show that 11 villages in East Kalimantan were prone to human-elephant conflict.
To reduce the risk of this conflict, WWF-Indonesia, along with local forestry agencies and the government, has facilitated the establishment of an Elephant Conflict Mitigation Task Force. WWF is also working with communities, government, relevant NGOs, and companies or concession owners operating in the elephants’ habitat to develop and implement elephant conservation management plans.
Today, the main habitat of Borneo pygmy elephants are at the top of the rivers in the north of East Kalimantan, bordering Malaysia. Some are included in the consession area possessed by PT. Adimitra Lestari.
WWF-Indonesia, through the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) is facilitating PT. Adimitra Lestari, a GFTN applicant, to improve its management of natural forest.
Forest management carried out by the company and WWF focuses on elephant population and its trajectory. Therefore, the operations would not be harmful to elephants’ habitat, home range and the trees which feed them. Logged forest areas can sustain Borneo elephants’ life, as long as these animals are provided with sufficient space to explore and search for foods. Logging operations in the forest may proceed harmoniously with elephant conservation when the activities are carried out in accordance to conservation ethics.
“We are passionate and committed to manage our natural forest concession responsibly. The Borneo elephant has inhabited the area long time before we even started our operation there, so their existence should be respected. Therefore we have adjusted our company management policy and practice based on this condition, to preserve the population,’ said Bambang Supriambodo, Managing Director of PT. Adimitra Lestari.
On 19-20 April 2011, GFTN, together with PT. Adimitra Lestari, organized a training on Borneo elephant conflict mitigation for their field staff with the goal that they will be able to take proper actions to avoid elephant conflict, such as making a carbide cannon (a local method to drive away the elephant), and integrate elephant conservation action into their practical work.
- Desmarita Murni, Communications Manager, WWF-Indonesia +62811793458 email@example.com
- Agus Suyitno, Human-Elephant Conflict Officer, WWF Indonesia, telp +62 821 57779933 email email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wiwin Effendy, Koordinator WWF-Indonesia di Kalimantan Timur, telp +62812 5859265 email@example.com