That afternoon, a number of people were seen sitting relaxed enjoying grilled fish and durian fruit on the banks of the Bahorok River where the water was still very clear, reflecting the beauty of the surrounding nature. The view of the Mount Leuser National Park (TNGL) hill in the upper reaches of the river completes the relaxed atmosphere of the North Sumatra University Fostered Village Team. At that time, the USU Fostered Village Team was enjoying a break with local residents who were partners in community service activities that were being held.
The University of North Sumatra (USU) through the Fostered Village Team led by Pindi Patana, S.Hut., M.Sc, as the chairman, has started the Fostered Village program with the theme of Building Village Self-reliance in Mitigation of Human and Tiger Conflict in Timbang Lawan Village, last Sunday, July 11, 2021. This event was attended by a number of village officials, ranging from village heads and staff, hamlet heads, BPB heads to representatives of other community groups who are partners of the Fostered Village Program. Also present at this event were representatives from parties related to forest area management, namely the North Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Center (BBKSDA-SU), TNGL Center, UPT Forest Management Unit (KPH) Region I Stabat and PKSM KPH I Bahorok.
These parties gathered at the Timbang Lawan Village Office and then proceeded to a number of activities, including planting fruit trees and surveying anti-tiger cages, establishing deer breeding cages, determining animal feed management locations and designing ecotourism eco-lodges. A total of 30 durian fruit seedlings were planted in the partner area of the fostered village as the initial launch of the program. The land planted with durian seeds will be developed into a fruit garden as a fruit tourism destination that will be developed in a village located in the TNGL buffer area.
At the opening of the program, Secretary of the USU LPPM, Meutia Nauly, S.Psi, M.Si., a Psychologist, said that she was very impressed with the support given by many parties from Timbang Lawan Village. He believes that USU's fostered villages can provide new motivation for the people of Timbang Lawan Village to reduce problems and improve welfare in their village. Meutia, who is also a lecturer at the USU Faculty of Psychology, said that every problem has its own blessings. From the conflict between humans and tigers in this village, ideas and shared enthusiasm for advancing the village emerged. On that occasion, Meutia, who represented the Chair of the USU LPPM (Community Service Institution), handed over a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between USU's LPPM and Timbang Lawan Village to the Timbang Lawan Village Head Malik Nasution.
The Fostered Village Program in Timbang Lawan covers five areas of activity. The first field is the construction of anti-tiger cages with the coordinator Dr. Alfan Gunawan Ahmad, S.Hut., M.Si. The second field is the Production of Animal Feed with the Coordinator Ir. Edhy Mirwandono, M.Si. The third field, Multi Purposes Tree Species (MPTS) planting with the coordinator Dr. Oding Affandy, S.Hut., M.Si. The fourth field, Deer Care with the coordinator Dr. Ir. M'arifatin Zahra, M.Si. The last field of the activity is Ecotourism Development with the coordinator Dr. Achmad Siddik Thoha, S.Hut., M.Si.
Pindi Patana, S.Hut, M.Sc, said that Timbang Lawan Village is very rich in natural resource potential and local wisdom. Human-tiger conflicts that often occur make USU, the community and other parties aware to work together to find solutions together. The existence of this conflict has actually become a means of unifying various potentials and strengths which will lead to sustainable forests and prosperous communities. (©ULC)