The Wetlands Database

The Wetland Database was developed under the Sumatra Wetland Project in 1990. This was a cooperative project between the Directorate General of Protection and Nature Conservation (previously PHPA) of the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Estate Crops and Asian Wetland Bureau-Indonesia (AWB) (now Wetlands International Asia Pacific-Indonesia Programme), funded by the Government of the Netherlands, sought to improve the conservation and sustainable management of the wetlands of Sumatra.

WDB development is managed by Wetlands Database Section of WIAP-IP in Bogor. WDB continues to be developed, improved and expanded and these changes are extended to branch facilities at PKA, LIPI and other cooperating agencies. The focus of WDB has also broadened to encompass information on important wetlands throughout the Indonesian archipelago.

Why Wetland Database?

One way to facilitate conservation and wise management of wetlands is to improve the management of information on wetlands. This entails not only compiling more accurate and complete data but also improving access to them. Putting together the available information relevant to wetland management in a database greatly increases our ability to use this information and to maximize its utility for management.

What is the Wetland Database?

Wetland Database (WDB) is a bilingual (Indonesian/English) computerized database specially designed for the management of wetlands in Indonesia. It stores information on those aspects of wetland environment, which are most important to consider for sustainable management.
These include:
  • the location of wetlands
  • conservation status
  • land ownership
  • the values of wetlands
  • habitat types
  • animal and plant species
  • existing and proposed land uses
  • the impacts of activities in wetlands
Who is the Wetland Database for?

Wetland Database is intended for use by a wide range of people involved in wetland management, particularly staff of PKA. This also includes those without much familiarity with individual wetland sites.

For example, those conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment for activities which may have an impact on a wetland site or those interested in summary information for a specific type of wetland covered in the database will find WDB particularly useful.

WDB is also valuable to those directly involved in managing a particular site. Wetland managers require detailed information on every site to be managed and WDB easily accommodates the scientific observations routinely collected at these sites.

WDB is also useful for researchers who wish to study wetlands with certain characteristics, for example wetlands of a particular habitat type, e.g. estuarine wetlands.

A wide range of pre programmed report outputs enhances the utility of WDB to wetland managers. Regular updating of information is required so that all data remain relevant and useful to PKA for formulating and implementing wetland management strategies and policies.

WDB, though its menu driven character, has been designed to be user friendly. It means those with a minimum of computer experience can use it effectively and efficiently.