Abstract # 12831 Event # 681:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2018 03:30 PM-03:45 PM: Session 513 (Conference Room 3) Oral Presentation


CALLING FROM THE WILD: MENTAWAI GIBBON CONSERVATION FIELDWORK

A. Setiawan1, I. Saumanuk2, D. Tateburuk2, S. Harjanto1 and M. Mujianto1
1Coffee and Primate Conservation Project, Central Java, Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia, 2Malinggai Uma Traditional Mentawai
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The Mentawai Archipelago holds a special place in local and global imaginations due to the distinctive and often romanticized cultural heritage of the Mentawai people, the uniqueness of the archipelago’s biodiversity, and the islands' natural beauty. Accordingly, tourism has become a major contributor to local economies, leading to increasing investment in local infrastructure. Kloss gibbons (Hylobates klossii) are an endemic Mentawai species and are recognized as one of the Mentawai Islands’ natural treasures. However, their future is uncertain, as they are hunted for food and are threatened by human encroachment on their habitats. The community living is unsustainable, with extensive exploitation of natural resources creating social and economic problems. Here we give an update on conservation activities to species outside of Siberut National Park. Our goals include building community capacity and rising sustainable economic activities based on natural forest products. Research on gibbon distribution based on auditory sampling has been done to map the gibbon distribution. We increased community capacity by integrated knowledge and practice of natural resource utilization and enhanced the value of nature-based products through enhanced processing and engaging the community. In the future sustainable economic activities on the ground level should be improved to reduce pressure of human activities on the forest as habitat of Kloss’s gibbon.