The Scorpion Foundation (also known as SCORPION Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group) recently received an award from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) for its support to relevant government agencies in handling wildlife conflicts in North Sumatra, especially the conflicts with Tapanuli orangutan. The certificate was handed over by the Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation, Mr. Wiratno, M.Sc, to the Executive Director of Scorpion Foundation, Ali Bangun Gea, in a ceremony at the Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP) office in Medan on Monday (2020/12/07).
In addition to its work in handling human-wildlife conflicts, the MoEF acknowledged other activities, such as The Scorpion Foundation’s role in supporting the release of wildlife and raising public awareness regarding wildlife in 2019 and 2020.
Two other NGOs received similar awards, the World Conservation Society (WCS)-Indonesia Program, and Parsamuhuan Bodhicitta Mandala Foundation.
Several government and private institutions also received awards, including the Regency Head of Gayo Lues (Aceh Province), Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP), Sumatran Tiger Project - Leuser Landscape (GEF-UNDP), and PT Agincourt Resources.
Meanwhile, a number of individuals also received awards acknowledging their work: Dr. Hotmauli Sianturi, M.Sc.For (Head of the Wildlife Authority in North Sumatra/BBKSDA-SU), Irzal Azhar (Head of Technical Section, BBKSDA-SU), Gunawan Alza (Head of Area 3, BBKSDA-SU), Vet Doctor Anhar Lubis (Leuser Conservation Forum), Teguh Angga Aditia Panjaitan (Reporter of Metro TV), Suheri and Asril Abdullah from Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL), Bobi Handoko (an environmental and wildlife observer).
For Scorpion Foundation, the award received today was the second since its establishment in 2015. The first was awarded by the Asia for Animals Coalition at its convention in Kathmandu, Nepal (2017). (Link to the story of the first Award)
Executive Director of Scorpion Foundation, Ali Bangun Gea (left) and the Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation of the MoEF, Wiratno, M.Sc. (right).
Some recipients of the awards having picture with Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation, Wiratno, M.Sc. (no. 2 from right).
The certificate for Scorpion Foundation.