Saleh-Moyo-Tambora or ‘SAMOTA’ covers an area of 728,484 hectares, comprising five major ecosystems: small islands, a coastal area of mangrove, coastal, lowland and mountain forests, as well as savannah. The Biosphere Reserve is home to 146,000 people of diverse ethnic groups. Its core area plays an important role in conserving the region’s biodiversity while its buffer zone and transition area have agricultural potential for the production of fruit and vegetable, as well as rice, coffee and cacao, and animal husbandry. The beauty of the Tambora Mountains has tourist potential, while the Sumba Island communities attract cultural tourism.
The three areas that comprise the Biosphere Reserve feature a great deal of biological diversity. In Saleh Bay, for instance, dugong species can be found in the mangrove habitat, as well as dolphins. In Moyo, there are 30 species of birds, of which 9 are protected, among others: small crested yellow cockatoos (Cacatua sulphurea), red foot blanks (Megapodius reinwardt), Cikukua horns (Philemon boceroides), Honey sriganti (Nectarinia jugularis), Pa ' ok laus (Pitta elegans), Parrots (Gracula religiosa), King prawns (Halcyon chloris), Eagle Bondol (Haliastur Indus) and Hawk eagle (Accifiter sp). In addition to various species of birds in Moyo and Satonda Island, there are also several other species of animals such as timor deer (Cervus timorensis), wild boar (Sus sp.), gray apes (Macaca fasicularis), phiton snakes (Python reticulates) and others.
Tambora National Park area with a very wide landscape has a high diversity of plant species. Where the distribution of plants is spread into 3 (three) types of forest ecosystems ranging from seasonal forests, tropical rain forests and savanna forests. The condition of dense vegetation cover forms a solid ecosystem which makes the Tambora National Park region has a strategic role as a life support system to ensure the continuity of ecological functions in the region.
Communities around the Samota area, especially in the buffer zone and transition zone are dominated by farmers and fishermen. Especially for rural communities bordering forests in the management area of Mount Tambora National Park, they use forest areas for farming, grazing, hunting and utilization of NTFPs such as honey and rattan. Only a small proportion of people who search for eyes outside of several professions such as laborers, entrepreneurs and government employees. This means that the livelihoods of communities around the Samota area are closely related to the existence of forest areas.