News24xx.com - The Sumatran Tiger (Phantera Tigris Sumatrae) is a rare species with a strong and authoritative image, one of its habitat is the Giam Siak Kecil Biosphere Reserve as Indonesia's 7th conservation area, inaugurated by the National Committee of the Man of the Biosphere Program (MAP) -UNESCO 2009 in 2009 South Korea. This area is the Sumatra Peat-Swamp Forest ecoregion.
In order to preserve the survival of the Sumatran Tiger, which is a key species, top predator, and included in the 25 priority animals, the Government of the Siak Regency together with the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Center and the Joint Operational Board of PT Bumi Siak Pusako plan to build the first Sumatran Tiger Conservation Center in Indonesia which will be built within the Giam Siak Kecil Biosphere Reserve
To realize this, the Regent of Siak Alfedri was accompanied by the Acting. Regional Secretary of Siak Regency Jamaluddin, Assistant I of the Regional Secretariat of Siak Regency Budhi Yuwono, Assistant II of the Regional Secretariat of Siak Hendrisan Regency, and Head of the Siak Regency Tourism Office Fauzi Asni, held a consolidation meeting together with the Head of the KSDA Riau Center Suharyono, and the External Affairs Manager of the Joint Operational Agency of PT Bumi Siak Pusako Nazaruddin discussed the Site Plane and Master Plane for the construction of the first national Sumatran Tiger Conservation Center, which took place in the Zamrud meeting room of the Siak Regent's residence.
In his remarks, Regent Alfedri welcomed the collaboration between the Government of Siak Regency and the Riau Center for Conservation of Natural Resources, and the Joint Operational Board of PT Bumi Siak Pusako.
"I thank and welcome the plan to build the first Sumatran Tiger Conservation Center in Indonesia which will be built in the wildlife reserve of the Giam Siak Kecil Biosphere Reserve. I hope that this development program will be able to improve the economy of the community, especially communities around the conservation area. We all I also hope that this development program will open up new jobs for the community, "he explained.
Alfedri also hopes that the Sumatran Tiger Conservation Center development program can also support the Siak Regency tourism industry improvement program.
"Of course we all also hope that in the future the Sumatran Tiger Conservation Center development program can support the improvement of the tourism industry in Siak Regency. As we know, the Giam Siak Kecil Biosphere Reserve area has biodiversity of peat forests, flora and fauna, and beautiful natural beauty as well. naturally, this will certainly attract local and foreign tourists to come for a tour "he added.
Alfedri also hopes that this development program will be able to become a tourism icon of Siak Regency and a new national, so that Siak Regency can contribute more to the national tourism industry.
"I certainly hope that this development program can become a new tourism icon both for Siak Regency, Riau Province and nationally because this is the construction of the first Sumatran tiger conservation center in Indonesia, so that we will be able to contribute more to the improvement of the national tourism industry. "he hoped.
Meanwhile, the person in charge of the Regional Secretary of Siak Regency Jamaluddin explained that the construction of the Sumatran Tiger Conservation Center requires careful preparation so that development can run smoothly.
"I want to convey a number of important things related to the development program of the Sumatran Tiger Conservation Center that we will carry out. As we all know that in the Giam Siak Kecil area this is an area that has not been touched by the telecommunications network, then the transportation equipment still uses pompong boats with rental fees. classified as quite high, and this area is still difficult to pass vehicles such as fire trucks, for that requires careful preparation "he explained.
Jamaluddin also added, for the smooth and accelerated development program of the Sumatran Tiger Conservation Center, it is necessary to immediately form a development task force team so that work plans and budgets can be made immediately.
"I propose to the Regent to form a development task force team that will prepare the site plan and master plane budget work plan so that telecommunications, transportation, and supporting facilities that are not yet available can be prepared, so that the development program can be carried out immediately" he hoped.
On the same occasion, the Head of the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Center, Suharyono, explained the background and basis for the selection of the Giam Siak Kecil Wildlife Sanctuary as the location for the construction of the first national Sumatran Tiger Conservation Center, in addition to that Suharyono also explained the concept of facilities and infrastructure management which would later be in build in the area.
"I and my team from the Riau Center for Conservation of Natural Resources have designated the Giam Siak Kecil Biosphere Reserve as the location of the construction of the first Sumatran Tiger Conservation Center nationally, based on several aspects. First, this area is a habitat for Sumatran Tigers," he said.
Second, he continued, this area is quite far from residential population. Third, community activities are only for fishing in the Siak Kecil river. Fourth, accessibility is quite easy through rivers and land, finally this area is part of the Giam Siak Kecil-Bukit Batu Biosphere Reserve surrounded by Industrial Plantation Forests.
Later, the management of facilities and infrastructure is carried out by parties when involving the participation of the community "he explained.
Still Suharyono said, that the benefits of the existence of facilities and infrastructure that will be built later will be very useful for the ecology of the region, managers, and society. The benefits of the infrastructure that will be built will be very useful for the ecology of the region including as a rescue center, increasing population, and strengthening
genetic quality of the Sumatran Tiger and protecting the ecosystem of the region.
"Besides that, this infrastructure is also beneficial for managers, such as the protection of Conservation areas, as an alternative location for saving Sumatran Tigers, and as a limited educational tour that involves conservation activist stakeholders. On the other hand it can also open jobs, improve the community's economy, and maintain the ecosystem of fisheries resources for the surrounding community "he concluded.
The construction of the first National Sumatran Tiger Conservation Center in the Giam Siak Kecil Wildlife Sanctuary is a new innovation and a flagship program of the regional and national tourism industries. Which can strengthen local institutions in an effort to preserve the wealth of flora and fauna, and maintain the availability of nuthfah plasma sources, so that later it can become a Leading Field Research Station to develop the biodiversity of peat swamp forests.
In addition, the conservation center also acts as a vehicle for increasing ecotourism based on beauty, uniqueness, and the purity of nature and culture. In turn, it will be able to improve the economy of the community, and mejelma as an icon of national tourism. (Adv)