We are aware that with knowledge we can achieve our noble vision, mission and goals. Research is among the main activities in REKAM Nusantara’s framework to gain the knowledge that will strengthen the organization.
Indonesia’s forests are home to 13 hornbill (Rangkong) species, three of which are endemic. This makes Indonesia an important country for hornbill conservation, notably in Asia. Forests and the bird have developed a symbiotic relationship, in which the former provide abundant sources of food for the bird, and the latter, with its vast cruising range, spread seeds from trees, helping to ensure sustainable regeneration of forests.
Rangkong Gading (Buceros/rhinoplax vigil) is a special species found in Indonesia. Literally translated as Ivory hornbill, the species does have a highly valuable ‘ivory’ bill that puts it at the top of hunters’ list. The bill has been traded in black markets all over the world. The last few years have seen demands for and deals of the beak soaring significantly, threatening the survival of the species. Rangkong Indonesia is founded to help conservation of the bird in Indonesia by engaging a lot of strategies parties towards one vision: to ensure the survival of the bird for the sustainability of Indonesia’s forests. It not only does researches and investigations, but also educates communities and disseminates information to raise their awareness of the important roles the bird plays in forest ecosystems.
Konsorsium Save Puncak is an organization founded by the Center for Area Research, Planning and Development (P4W) of Bogor Agricultural Institute, Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI), Ciliwung Watch Community (Komunitas Peduli Ciliwung Bogor) and Ciliwung Puncak Community (Komunitas Ciliwung Puncak).
These organizations are united to carry out action researches in the headwaters of the Ciliwung: Tugu Utara Village and Tugu Selatan Village in Cisarua subdistrict, Bogor District. They are researching into crosscutting issues surrounding forest management, land governance, sociocultural lives, waste and water sources. All the activities involve the local communities.
Sharks and Rays
Sharks are among the deadly marine predators sitting atop of the food chain. They can control the composition of fish in a given area. Naturally, sharks feed on the animals below them in the food web, thus playing a significant role in helping to regulate and maintain the balance of marine ecosystems.
Indonesia is home to about 112 shark species with wide variations in abundance, which has driven and made Indonesia the world’s largest shark producers. However, increasing fishing to satisfy high demands for shark fins and other derivative products has reduced the population. Given its important role in marine ecosystems, should sharks become extinct, ecosystem balance will be disturbed, and produce domino effect that endangers food security.
Concernedly observing that a lot of information and research data on sharks are scattered on the web, REKAM Nusantara aims at building and developing a centralized shark information center in Indonesia.