Reported by Agung Nugroho (Ministry of Environment and Forestry)
and Yus Rusila Noor (Wetlands International Indonesia)
Merauke, 27–28 August 2015
As the implementation of the EAAFP Implementation Strategy at country level, especially on capacity building, Indonesia has carried out a Technical Supervision on East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership targeted to relevant stakeholder of Wasur National Park [EAAF008], Indonesia. The training was held in Merauke, Papua, 27–28 August 2015, participated by Staff of Wasur National Park and representatives of local Quarantine Office, Forestry and Estate Office, Environment Office, Planning Agency, Marine and Fisheries Office, Culture and Tourism Office, Musamus University, WWF Indonesia and 3 Head of Sub-villages.
The Technical Supervision opened by Mr. Bambang Dahono Adji, Director of Biodiversity Conservation, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and consisted of presentation from the Directorate of Biodiversity Conservation, Head of Wasur National Park and Yus Rusila Noor of Wetlands International Indonesia. These presentations were focused on the general background and history of EAAFP and its implementation in Indonesia, the role of Wasur NP, and introductory lecture on waterbird survey and monitoring. Wasur National Park has long been known as one of the most important site for migratory waterbirds in Indonesia, and has been designated as both EAAFP Network Site and Ramsar Site.
At the end of the training, participants concluded and recommended the following items:
- Recommended the following priority activities to be funded under national government, local government, NGO and University budgets, targeted on the management of migratory waterbirds;
- Regular migratory waterbirds habitat protection and monitoring;
- Awareness, campaign and provision of information on the importance of migratory waterbirds, targeted to government official, customary bodies, educational institution and local communities;
- Interactive activities to invite stakeholder’s engagement, including private sector’s participation, such as bird race, photo hunting/competition, and scientific writing competition;
- Provision of supporting equipments and material for the management of plant and wildlife, especially migratory waterbirds, including observation tower and transportation and communication facilities;
- Provision of research and monitoring facilities, including binoculars, monocular, camera and long-lenses, field guide, and reference materials.
- Capacity building through training and supervision targeted to migratory waterbirds observers, conservation cadre, boyscout, and nature lovers group.
- Encourage joint research on the management of migratory waterbirds between Wasur NP, University and NGO;
- Identification and monitoring of potential threat to the site, including mining, unmanaged tourism, development of infrastructure, hunting, illegal logging, invasive alien species, pollutions, impact of climate change and intrution/abrasion of sea water;
- Actively engage on international communication of migratory waterbirds conservation network, including attending meeting and publication at national and international fora;
- Engaging local government, local NGO, educational institution and local community on meeting/seminar/workshop on migratory waterbirds management at various level, to support the management of migratory waterbirds in National Park;
- Encourage local government initiative on the protection of important migratory waterbirds site within the local land use planning policy;
- Optimize and revitalize National Secretariat on Migratory Waterbirds as the center of information and coordination on the management of migratory waterbirds at national level.