UNDP Indonesia launches crowd funding campaign to save Sumatran tigers - #TimeForTigers in Indonesia
Tigers are known as forests’ most-feared guardians. Living as the symbol of peace to many, their roars have echoed throughout Sumatra, Java, and Bali. But since the 1980s and 1940s, tigers are now extinct in both Java and Bali leaving the Sumatran tigers struggling to survive. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Sumatran Tigers have been classified as critically endangered.
Following the success of last year’s Bring Water to Life crowd funding to support villages in Sumba island, UNDP Indonesia launched its second crowd funding to protect the dwindling population of critically endangered Sumatran tigers in two Indonesian major national parks.
Teaming up with crowd funding platform, Kitabisa.com, the #TimeForTigers campaign aims to raise 25 million Rupiah to eradicate ‘Jerat’ or human-made traps in Kerinci Seblat National Park and the Balai Rejang hills. The money raised will be used to fund travel, living expenses and logistical needs for all volunteers under local NGO Forum Harimau Kita.
Sumatran forests have reduced in size due to industry expansions and a booming human population. As humans share the same natural resources as these magnificent tigers, it is common for humans to set up tiger traps, as well as face tiger attacks.
Last year UNDP raised more than 350 million Rupiah from the public to provide clean water access for Napu, a remote village in East Sumba district, by building a solar-powered water pump system. The solar-paneled water pump benefited more than 500 villagers.
The #TimeforTigers initiative is contributing to the achievement of the 17 globally committed Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in the protection of land and its ecosystem – SDG 15.