Indonesia is ranked as one of the two most important‘mega-diversity’ countries in the world. Despite covering only 1.3% of theEarth’s land surface, Indonesia contains a high proportion of the world’sspecies, including 17% of bird, 12% of mammal, 16% of reptile and amphibian,25% of fish, 33% of insects, and 10% of the flowering plant species. This alongwith a high diversity of cultures make it one of the richest and challengingcountries in which to work. WCS recognizes the importance of Indonesia toglobal conservation, and is working to save its wildlife and wild lands.
The Wildlife Conservaton Society – Indonesia Program(WCS-IP) began working in Indonesia in 1965 and established a formal countryprogram in 1991. Using a “muddy boots” method to conservation, weidentify critical conservation issues, find sciencebased solutions to theseproblems, and achieve tangible, on-the-ground success that benefits wildlifeand wild places.
Most of our efforts begin with gathering data on natural andhuman landscapes through surveys and explorations. WCS also conduct on-goingmonitoring of wildlife and habitats to assess the success of conservationefforts. With the emergence of research tools such as canera traps, geographicinformation system, remote sensing and DNS technologies, WCS conservationistshave been able to monitor wildlife and ecological trends in much finer detailthan ever before. As a result, WCS has collected one of the most extensivefield information on the status and habitats of tigers, elephants, babirusa,primates, and hornbills.
With sound data in hand, we work with our partners toachieve conservation including direct interventions for protecting endangeredspecies, creating new approaches to public-private partnerships for conservation,empowering local communities and governments to manage their wildliferesources, affecting national and local regulations, influencing internationalconservation and natural resource management policies, and assisting inmanagement of protected areas.
Through training and mentoring of Indonesian scientists andconservationists, WCS helps build the next generation of conservationleaders. We have helped train hundreds of forestry staff, local NGOmembers, university faculty and students, and community members in conservationprinciples and technique.
Our wildlife and wild places have a lot to teach us. WCSworks with our partners to educate people about the value of wildlife and wildplaces in order to gain their support. We work to help bridge the connectionbeetwen nature and the people who are most important in their protectionthrough lectures, books, scientific and poplar articles, and communityawareness campaigns.