The introduction of mammalian species to Tanah-Papua has become the focus of conservation concern. The increasing abundance of introduced species (e.g. Rusa deer) may have considerably affects on the native flora and fauna of the region. Therefore, from May to October in 2019 FORCLIME supported a field research study on Rusa management in Tambrauw, West Papua . The field study was designed to provide baseline data on population abundance and the current hunting practices. This information would be essential a for any informed future management decisions on the rusa population. The research is a collaboration between FORCLIME, the University of Göttingen Germany, and Cenderawasih and Papua Universities. Results of the field research were presented on a webinar on 7 October 2020 using the MS Teams application. The field research describes the distribution and population of Rusa in Tambrauw, hunting patterns and the importance of rusa to the local communities in terms of wildlife hunting and sustainability. More than 60 participants joined the webinar, with representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry at national and regional levels (Papua and West Papua provinces), relevant government agencies and universities in Papua and West Papua provinces.
For more information, please contact:
Mohammad Sidiq, Technical adviser for sustainable forest management
Dr Margaretha Pangau, researcher of the study