2004 Volume 9 Issue 1 Pages 9-15
In 1995 we started the Java Hawk-Eagle project to promote the research and conservation of this raptor in Indonesia. The Java Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus bartelsi) is a National Bird of Indonesia as well as the umbrella species ranking high in the food chain of the ecosystem. Although nature in Asia, including Indonesia, is rich in bio-diversity and there are many kinds of raptors, very little research pertaining to raptors had been done. Therefore, we thought that the establishment of this project would be very effective in encouraging the research and conservation of not only raptors and their habitats, but also other wildlife and the natural environment in Indonesia. Of great necessity is building up the relationship of the local people to wildlife conservation organizations, the economic foundation of which supports initiative activities and raptor researchers towards the long-term establishment of further research and conservation in Indonesia. Through continuous attempts with Indonesian government agencies, JICA biodiversity teams, NGOs, students, and local people during the past 9 years, the recognition of the meaning of raptors' existence has become fixed among the people, so that voluntary research and conservation projects for raptors could be carried out. Furthermore, eco-tours were conducted by local inhabitants and NGOs, and the expansion of the range of national park based on the results of research by national park staff members began to be discussed.