2007 - 2010
The tropical and equatorial primary forest is so exploited, and in such an uncontrolled manner, that the biodiversity of South-Eastern Asia and Indonesia in particular, is under serious threat.
The remaining forests on the Siberut Island form part of this endangered world heritage. Among the 33 mammal species on the island, 14 are endemic (42%). One way to fight deforestation and poverty is looking for alternative economic activities for the farmers living in the last remaining wildland areas.
The Siberut Conservation Project is taking action on several fronts:
- research and field studies on genetics and conservation biology (taxonomy and phylogeny), ethology, the feed-in and socio-ecology of primates endemic to the Mentawai islands, including the Sibertu macaque, the Mentawai leaf monkey and the Kloss gibbon
- conservation of the forest, including activities carried out in conjunction with villagers with emphasis on sustainable development
Act for Nature