JAKARTA, NNC - The Ministry of Environment and Forestry says the habitat and livelihood of Rangkong Gading or Helmeted Hornbills on the island of Sumatra and Kalimantan is increasingly threatened by illegal hunting, illegal trading activities, and deforestation.
According to data from the Director General of Law Enforcement of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, there are as many as 1,398 helmeted hornbill beaks seizied by the authorities as of 2017. More than 2,000 beaks destined to be smuggled to China, America and Malaysia were seized during 2012 to 2016.
Following the concerns of the survival of the Rangkong Gading or Helmeted Hornbill population in nature, the Indonesian government, through the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, held a national public consultation to develop the Strategy and Action Plan for Helmeted Hornbill in Jakarta.
"The strategies and action plan are important to get commitment from various parties, especially from academics, researchers, community groups, non-governmental organizations and law enforcers," said Bambang Dahono Adji, representing the Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation, as quoted from official social media account of the Ministry of Environment, @KementerianLHK.
Bambang said this should be done so that this joint commitment can encourage more integrated conservation efforts and ensure the sustainability of the Rangkong Gading for the nature and culture of Indonesia.
To note, ivory hornbill or ivory hornbill (Buceros/rhinoplax vigil) is a large bird of the Bucerotidae family. Early birds are found in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo.
This bird also became the mascot of West Kalimantan Province, and is included in the type of fauna that is protected by law.