ON GOING PROJECTS
Protecting and endangered mountain orchid Papiophedilum javanicum
We are currently conducting a research about the population and the distribution of an endangered (IUCN status) orchid species Papiophedilum javanicum in mount Lawu, Java. This endemic species occurrence is exclusive to Java and partly Sumatera and Bali. The population is fast declining. Wild collection for commercial use and degrading forest system are the main threat of this beautiful orchid. At this first stage of our conservation effort we expect to get better understanding of current status of the species in the area. We are going to use the data collected to develop education and community-based conservation program.
Assessing mountain mammals in non-protected area with LEK
Using local ecological knowledge (LEK), we are assessing threatened mammals and identifying their important habitat sites in mount Lawu region. Red listed mammals such as Javan Leopard, Javan Lutung, Sunda Pangolin etc are pushed to inhabit high altitude forest due to massive land use change in Java. From this project, we aim to get a clear picture of important site within mountain region that need to be protected for mammals conservation. We are working with local community, forest agency and government bodies to ensure the success of the project