January 8, 2020

Sumatran tiger action plan for next 10 years being finalized

JAKARTA ( - The Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry is finalizing a strategy and action plan for the conservation of the Sumatran tiger from 2020-2029 which is due to be completed by no later than the end of June this year.

For the completion of this strategic document aimed at protecting the flagship species, the Ministry's Director General of Nature Conservation and Ecosystems Wiratno has formed a new team through a decree recently signed by him (Dec 31).

This team does not include any experts from WWF Indonesia as was previously the case, given that the ministry ended its collaboration agreement with this organization on the final day of last year.

The Sumatran tiger conservation strategy and action plan, as outlined in the decree, is intended to enhance conservation efforts for the Sumatran tiger over the next 10 years.

The following photos show a section of the Gunung Leuser National Park which forms a major part of the Leuser Ecosystem - one of the largest habitats for the critically-endangered Sumatran tiger.

Guide for relevant stakeholders

The decree states that the strategy and action plan for Sumatran tiger conservation is to serve as a guide for relevant stakeholders.

Most of the Sumatran tiger’s habitat currently lies in conservation areas and protection forests. However, the tiger also still inhabits some production forests situated in logging, pulpwood and restoration ecosystem concessions. 

Some existing palm oil concessions, parts of which have been set aside as conservation area blocks, also encompass Sumatran tiger habitat, such as the Saratoga concession within the Leuser Ecosystem.

In another example of this, the Astra group has also set aside some of its concession in Aceh which lies outside of the Leuser Ecosystem and is also part of the Sumatran tiger’s habitat.

In early August last year, President Joko Widodo signed a permanent moratorium on the development of primary forests and peatlands covering an area more than 1.7 times the size of Norway, significant parts of which include Sumatran tiger habitat.