EPASS BIS Database Portal for Sulawesi Biodiversity

EPASS BIS Database Portal for Sulawesi Biodiversity

by January 19, 2018

Jakarta/EPASS/19/01/2018 – EPASS BIS (Biodiversity Information System) portal is presents as database recorder for Sulawesi Biodiversity. The birth of this website was initiated by EPASS project and aimed to identified and documented all information and data regarding biodiversity in Sulawesi system. Sulawesi island is the fourth biggest island and the third most dense island in Indonesia, with total population approximately 17 million. As part of the Wallacea, Sulawesi have mixed species from Asia and Australasia, and have significant regional biodiversity of flora and fauna in global level along with its ocean resources.

 

However, Sulawesi natural habitat is already degraded and damaged in large scale, Mainly because illegal logging and agricultural land conversion since 1980s. In order to conserve world biodiversity in the land, since 1982, Government is already built network in 62 protected areas and 6 oceanic protected areas in the island. Besides government efforts, the biodiversity remain in the island is gradually threaten by human intervention through habitat conversion and degradation, exceeded natural resources exploitation, pollution, forest fire and IAS (Invasive Alien Species) along with its socio-economic factor. Although activities in the grass root level played important role, threats toward global biodiversity in Sulawesi gradually threaten and located in the extinction threshold. Not yet effort held to repair Sulawesi protected areas completely through prevention in every level of administration of protected areas such as national, province and local government along with regional duty level.

 

The ministry of forestry and environment through EPASS has contributed in removing systemic and institutional hurdles in order to repair the management of protected area and financial sustainability in Sulawesi that covered 1.600.480 ha from forested land, it was supported by gradual implementation of RBM to make sure its sustainable impact. Furthermore, monitoring towards biodiversity will be established for the first time and monitoring system to wild animals trading will be applied as well.

 

EPASS BIS is biodiversity information system ( http://epassbis.org ) at the moment used as information portal provides access to some analysis report from monitoring activities from the field in Sulawesi protected areas and spatial metadata. On the next level, the platform will be showcased information regarding smart patrol and results from key species monitoring that can be useful as biodiversity database in Sulawesi.

 

The importance of monitoring effort would not be optimized unless data obtained can be used, analysed, and reported and can be forwarded to policy makers in regards making plan and other management actions. As a national data provider for biodiversity, EPASS BIS will be one of information sources can be used to help all stakeholders mainly the implementing task unit in managing forest.