Clyde Region Scouts Project, Java 2015
The Indo Trek team, in association with:-
- Clyde Regional Scout Council,
- Indonesian Scouting Association,
- Indonesia National Park Service
are jointly planning a conservation and community expedition in the beautiful Meru Betiri National Park, Java in July 2015.
Meru Betiri National park is in the province of East Java, extending over an area of 580 km² of pristine rainforest, mangroves, wetlands and golden sandy beaches. The park provides habitat for many protected flora and fauna, including 180 species of birds, 29 rare species of mammal including the Javan Tiger, last seen in 1976 but still believed to exist in the park. One of the most important habitats are the nesting beaches support some of the most important nesting grounds for the endangered Leatherback turtles, Hawskbill turtles, Green turtles and Olive Ridley turtles. Further work is urgently needed to help reduce the decline of these rare species. The Scouts will work alongside fellow Indonesian Scouts and park rangers in helping to upgrade the hatchery which would ensure a continued preservation effort for these species. The teams will also be involved in night time turtle monitoring and building nest site protection to help prevent predation of their precious eggs.
In addition to the conservation work the Scouts will be carrying out, the teams will also be involved in a community project at Dharmawanti primary school . The school, situated near to the turtle beach, is very underfunded and in need of some upgrading, some of which will be provided by the Scouts. Projects may include installing a tiled floor instead of their current broken concrete, a fresh lick of paint throughout the classrooms and construction of a ‘pioneer’ type playground to be built in the school grounds.
After completion of the community and conservation project the team will be heading to the Ijen Crater volcano where they will have the opportunity to trek up an active volcano, meet the local sulfur miners as feature on the BBC’s ‘Worlds most dangerous jobs’ , and witness the eerie site of the ‘blue lava’.
Further updates are being posted on these pages so please keep checking in.
For further information on this exciting project, or if you would wish to contribute in some way, then please contact the Indo Trek team.
National park information Meru_Betiri_National_Park