West Papua Jamursba-Medi, Sausapor and Wewe-Koor Nature Reserves

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West Papua

Jamursba-Medi, Sausapor and Wewe-Koor Nature Reserves

Jamursba-Medi, Sausapor . Wewe-Koor

The proposed Jamursba-Medi, Sausapor and Wewe-Koor Nature Reserves consist of three turtle beaches stretching a length of about 85 km. along the northern coast of Vogelkop peninsula. The sites hold one of the largest colonies in the world of the Leatherback Turtle.
Threats to the wildife in the area have developed because of poaching. However, WWF, active in the area since 1993, works together with Indonesian officials to reduce turtle and turtle egg poaching through effective patrolling of the beach area and a public education campaign.
Hire a boat to the beaches from Doom harbour in Sorong. The trip will take about 5 hours and cost you about 300,000 rupiah.
Sorong has many possibilities.
PHPA, Jl. Jend. Sudirman 40, Sorong.
WWF, Jl. Jend. Achamd Yani 95, Sorong.


* Loggerhead – Caretta caretta
* Green Turtle – Chelonia mydas
* Leatherback Turtle – Dermochelys coriacea

Latitude : 0 18 0 S Logitude : 132 31 48 E
Altitude : 0 to 0 metres
Area : 10000 ha Wetlands: 278 ha
Site Description
The site is a 28 km long stretch of beach on the northern Bird’s Head region of Irian Jaya. The site is one of three nesting sites of Dermochelys coriacea. The beach is about 20-40 metres width. The coastal area is relatively flat, but in some areas, steep cliffs occur. Some 6 lower rivers occur in this site, one of them is the Medi rivers that ends on this coastal area. Of the 6 rivers, 4 rivers may be exposed during the drought season. The catchment area of the rivers is forest area under the concession of PT Multi Wahana Jaya. Sand dunes occur on the beach, and no mangroves occur. Beach vegetation includes Ipomoea pescapreae, Scaevola serillae, Barringtonia asiatica, Terminalia catapa, Pandanus sp., and Crinum asiaticum. Inland, tree species of Intsia bijuga occurs. The beach is the nesting site for marine turtles, particularly Dermochelys coriacea. In 1984, about 100-200 individuals of Dermochelys coriacea visited this area to nest and lay eggs every night. Other marine turltes include green turtle Chelonia mydas and Eretmochelys imbricata. The site has relatively a high fish resource. Many commercial fish and shrimp companies operate within the area. In 1993, the fish yield was 215.1 tons. The beach is sandy with fine dark sands at the west of the site, and white sand at the east of the site to the estuary of Warmamedi River. The coastal waters of Jamursba Medi support the population of Dugong as well.
Site Location
North – Kepala Burung (Vogelkop). The Jamursba-Medi coastal area to the south is bordered with PT Multi Wahana Wijaya forest consession (HPH); to the east is bordered with Warmandi village; to the west is bordered with Saubeba village; to the north is bordered with Pacific Ocean. The site is under jurisdiction of kecamatan Sausapor, kabupaten Sorong, Irian Jaya.

Vegetation Eight forest types occur, including lowland, lower montane, and montane tropical rain forest.
Fauna Some 56 species of mammal occur in the reserve including long-beaked echidna Zaglossus bruijni, silky phalanger phalanger vestitus and two species of tree kangaroo. A rich avifauna is present with 220 species recorded, including a number endemic to the Tamrau mountains. Sixteen birds of paradise are present, including the endemic Astrapia nigra and Parotia sefilata, and twenty-two species of parrots and lories of which black lory Chalcopsitta atra is endemic.

List of Birds (6 species)

Species Red Data Book Cites
Cacatua galerita App II
Pandion haliaetus App II
Paradisaea minor App II
Probosciger aterrimus Lower Risk App I
Rhyticeros plicatus
Trichoglossus haematodus App II

List of Mammals (4 species)

Species Red Data Book Cites
Cervus timorensis
Dugong dugon Vulnerable App I
Sus scrofa
Zaglossus bruijni Endengered App II

List of Reptiles (5 species)

Species Red Data Book Cites
Caretta caretta Endengered App I
Chelonia mydas Endengered App I
Dermochelys coriacea Critically Endengered App I
Eretmochelys imbricata Critically Endengered App I
Varanus salvator App II

List of Vegetations (6 species)

Species Red Data Book Cites
Barringtonia asiatica
Crinum asiaticum
Intsia bijuga
Ipomoea pescaprae
Pandanus tectorius
Terminalia catappa

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