With such intense development happening nearly ubiquitously across Southeast Asia, wildlife will eventually be restricted to a scattering of habitat patches and a few corridors allowing dispersal between. Gaining a more thorough understanding of how corridors are used by tigers and smaller carnivores will allow us to better plan protected area networks, target specific areas for poaching enforcement, and identify areas that would benefit from altered management, thus decreasing the unnecessarily high mortality rate of species at highest risk of extinction.
During this study, I will engage local authorities (including members of government agencies and private concessions), invite them to accompany my team and I into the field and provide them as much information as possible about what I am doing and why. I will also be vigilant about including local communities in the work; communicating to them why I am in Riau, what I am doing. If they are interested, I will provide them with maps and my findings at the end of the study as well.
In coordination with ongoing work by WWF-Indonesia, we will have a much clearer picture of tiger habitat use. As a result of our work, we may know what areas of plantations tigers frequent and why, what activities villagers are taking part in that trigger human-tiger conflict and what areas we should focus our conservation efforts to restore the tiger population. The findings of these studies will provide us with powerful knowledge critical to keeping the growing human population safe while developing a management plan to maintain or increase the central Sumatran tiger population.
At the end of the study, I will create a report for the Ministry of Forestry detailing my findings, in Indonesian, and providing recommendations on ways to improve the landscape for tigers. This could include altering management practices for concessions, setting aside new land for protection or putting in wildlife road crossing structures. This report will include detailed maps and descriptions of where tigers traveled during the study and what areas tigers used in concessions and corridors. In addition plan to publish the results from each outlined goal in at least four scientific journal articles several popular articles targeting a broader audience.