Conservation ActionsConservation Actions
The Alliance for Tompotika Conservation (AlTo) works with local people and government as part of its conservation program in the Tompotika Forest Preserve, roughly 10,000-hectares (25,000 acres) of rainforest surrounding Mount Tompotika, established in 2010 with the support of the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group and Conservation International. Much of the species' range falls within the boundaries of the reserve, which provides a degree of protection from anthropogenic threats, including habitat loss and degradation, hunting and poaching. To achieve these aims, AlTo works with local people to "encourage forest-friendly lifestyles and livelihoods", and employs a team of trained local community members to manage, preserve, patrol, and improve the forest of Mount Tompotika through a system of patrolling and restoration work. As a result, some of the forest that was under threat at the time the reserve was created now has increased protection and steps are being taken to restore degraded forest in its buffer zone (Alliance for Tompotika Conservation 2013, Moore 2011).
While most of the forest in this area was previously classified as "Protection Forests" by the Indonesian government, these maps have recently been revised and reduced the area of Protection Forest (M. Summers pers. comm. March 2018). Since the boundaries of the Forest Preserve were largely based on the boundaries of the Protection Forest, these too have changed. Furthermore, despite the ongoing conservation efforts, slash-and-burn agriculture and small-scale logging activities are still taking place and do not regard the official boundaries of Protection Forest. Due to these ongoing threats to the species' habitat, uncertainty around the full extent of this species' range, the patterns of endemicity in the Eastern Peninsula of Sulawesi, and changes to government-mandated protection of its forests, the forests of the Balantak Mountains remain vulnerable to human activities and require ongoing and increased protection and conservation (Iskandar et al. 2011).
Additional surveys are required to better understand the population size, distribution, and trends. In particular, surveys in the eastern portion of the Balantak range are needed to investigate the species' presence where suitable habitat occurs (M. Summers pers. comm. June 2018).