TOWARD SCIENCE-BASED DECISION MAKING
To collect and analyse data from scientific work and provide the data as information needed for governments, organisation and individuals to drive a scientific-based decision making from daily personal level to corporate level (regulation and policy)
We are conducting basic science research including biodiversity, forest and wildlife monitoring and evaluation. Before the legalization Tanah Tinggi as an NGO, our team has extensively worked from 2014 in documenting biological and cultural biodiversity of Mount Lawu with Biodiversity Study Club (KS BIODIV) and Kepak Sayap Study Club. From the project, we have documented hundreds of species ranging from Orchids, Ferns, Fungi, Mosses, Dragonflies, Damselflies, Butterflies, Reptiels, Amphibi and Birds (Read the report here). More studies on the critically endangered species of Javan Lleopard and Javan Hawk Eagle, other mammals and mountain forest cover are extremely valuable to complete our understanding on mountain ecosystem.
More than that, human is relying their life on mountain yet their activity is highly affecting the mountain. Thus, we are also addressing the issue of crucial role of socio-cultural aspect of local community on on mountain conservation. This including the documentation of local custom and activities throughout the mountain communities as well as activities from outsiders that could significantly affecting the ecosystem.
Baseline Survey of Mountain Waste
We are currently collecting data related to waste issue in the mountains. This survey includes calculating the amount of waste generated from various sources, classifying the source of waste and evaluating the current waste management efficiency. You can also join this project as voluntary enumerator and collect the data with us. Click the button bellow!
Figure: A pile of plastic bottles thrown by trekkers in Mount Lawu-Cemoro Sewu trek (February, 2019)
Mammal Survey in Mount Lawu
Big mammals such as Javan Leopard, Muntjac deer and also wildboars have reportedly having a conflict forest-edged communities. Nevertheless, written report about these animal is scarcely available. Without proper information and understanding, these wildlife population is under tremendous threat. We are conducting basic survey of habitat and the presence of big mammals in Mount Lawu, Java.
Figure: Two cut heads of Muntjac deer left by hunter in Mount Lawu at 2.800 m dpl in October, 2018