YABI Badak Indonesia Board Meeting
By Clare Campbell
The meeting held on 16 March began with YABI’s annual report presented by Pak Widodo Ramona, chair of YABI. A more detailed discussion was held around the delayed progress of the JaRSCA project, outlining a compromise in the area to be fenced. The fence will now only be built across the northern area and the south east corner rather than from shore to shore. The peninsula and entire eastern boundary will no longer be fenced.
A management plan and site plan need to be developed before construction can continue.
YABI presented their annual finances, highlighting a deficit in some areas. This was in part due to an increase in staff salaries after the government recently reviewed minimum wages. Some of this is expected to be regained from a reduction in fence costs however YABI still hoped to source some additional funds to support existing projects.
Figure 1: YABI Board Members
Figure 2: Presenting YABI with gift certificate from IRFNZ
I presented a gift certificate to YABI for $500 for the purchase of mosquito nets. These funds were provided by the International Rhino Fund of New Zealand.
In summary, both the Sumatran and Javan rhino situation is dire. There are however some solid initiatives underway to preserve remaining populations and habitat. These meetings highlighted an increasing realisation from all parties that collaboration is no longer optional.
The birth of Ratu’s calf is both an exciting and significant step and will demonstrate the real potential of maintaining at least some of these rhino in a captive situation.