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Lorentz National Park

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Lorentz National Park covers a sprawling 9,650 square mile area and is the largest protected area in Southeast Asia.

One of a kind, it is the only protected area in the world to extend from a glacier (atop Puncak Jaya mountains) down to the lowlands (of the Arafura Sea), where temperatures vary from the steamy, moist lowland rainforests to below freezing atop the mountains. Lorentz National Park is one of the most important storehouses of biological diversity in the Pacific Basin. Habitats include vast mangrove formations, swampland, lowland, hill and mountain forest types, and the heath, bare rock and equatorial glaciers of the highest alpine areas of Asia.

Its biodiversity is without equal in the whole of Indonesia, and includes more than 80 percent of Papua's mammal species and 65 percent of its bird species, many of which are not found elsewhere. Its large number of unique features, its vast size and beautiful topography, combined with the diversity of its tribal peoples, make the area one of the world's greatest natural treasures.

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In Lorentz WWF is working with the government and local communities in developing a management plan for the park. A management plan, fully integrated with local, provincial and national needs, must be devised to include provisions for environmental as well as social needs.

In addition to the management plan, WWF has been involved with boundary demarcations, awareness raising and educational activities, developing economic incentives for buffer zone communities, population and socio-economic surveys, tourism planning and agroforestry.

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Lorentz National Park and World Heritage Site

Content and images originally posted by Papuan birder

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