The area covered by tropical rain forests on the island of Sumatra was drastically reduced as a result of illegal logging. To conserve the forests in danger of being lost and make the land ravaged by the logging forested again, Sony is working with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in a tree-planting program in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, which is also listed on the World Heritage registry. In 2011 and 2012, Sony and the WWF planted a total of about 32,000 saplings of 12 tree species native to the region. The planting exhibits a good balance, and the saplings are being cared for on a continuous basis.
To prevent wild elephants from approaching villages, the WWF is conducting patrols of forests made with trained elephants ridden by mahouts (elephant handlers). With Sony's assistance, the number of patrol staff increased to six in 2013. The patrols have had effect; there have been no unfortunate encounters between the wild animals and villagers since the start of this patrols.
Sony also supported the WWF survey activities aimed at ascertaining the ecology and facts of rare wildlife species. Sony donated digital recording binoculars, digital still cameras, and other hardware used in these surveys to make careful documentary records of changes in the ecosystem on Sumatra.
Yob CharlesProject Leader for BBS,
My name is Yob Charles, the head of WWF Lampung (BBS) office. I am coordinating all WWF's activities in this region, including socialization, collaboration, and planning of rehabilitation program, in cooperation with BBS National Park authority and local community. I would highly appreciate Sony's continuous support for conservation efforts in BBS area.
Ali Rizqi ArasyiPark Management
My name is Ali Rizqi Arasyi, in charge of National Park coordination, including the elephant patrol. The Flying squad team conducts a routine patrol every week and also scrambles if wild elephants reach villages. As a result of the team's activities, nowadays there is no human accident/injury and also economic loss from the local people due to human-elephant conflict is avoided. I would thank very much SONY for continuously supporting the elephant patrol including providing SONY's mechanic facilities for our activities.