Ecotourism in the Heart of Borneo: Come and Visit Danau Sentarum, one of a new officially UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves
The Head of Kapuas Hulu District, A.M. Nasir, S.H in his speech stated that various activities to attract visitors to come to the festival, such as, Traditional Boat Parade, Danau Sentarum Cruise, Honey Drinking Festival, and Cycling in the Heart of Borneo II. “We ensure by coming to this festival, the tourists will not only get a new tourism experience, but they will gain knowledge on how the local communities in Kapuas Hulu interact and maintain their forests, including preserve local flora and fauna,” he added.
Danau Sentarum, an area of 127,393.4 hectares, was designated as a National Park on February 4, 1999 and was appointed as Ramsar Site in 1994. Besides having a tropical rain forest ecosystem, this area also has a lake land ecosystem and freshwater swamp forest; and is a home of 675 species of flora consisting of 97 families of which 13 are rare and endemic to Borneo. It is also a home of many species, including orangutans, proboscis monkey, sun bears, and arowana fish. As a National Park, it is mandated to maintain the area as a water regulator (hydrological) and preserve endangered species.
World Wide Fund for Nature Indonesia, through Heart of Borneo Programme (WWF-HoB) and KEHATI Foundation through Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA) Kalimantan Program have been targeting Heart of Borneo as one of their priority of action areas for years. Therefore, to reinforce the objectives of the festival, both organizations cooperate and collaborate in supporting the implementation of the festival.
TFCA Kalimantan Program Director, Puspa D. Liman said, “The launching of the festival is an important step in promoting ecotourism in conservation areas, especially in Kapuas Hulu District''. In addition, the role of the local government, local partners and tour operators, as a partner and tour operator, is an integral part in promoting the event.
During the launching, WWF-HoB and TFCA Kalimantan showcased some of the organisation’s work with local communities to support local government’ efforts in promoting the Visit the Heart of Borneo – a multiyear campaign to promote the Heart of Borneo as ONE ecotourism destination.
WWF-HoB Leader, Iwan Wibisono emphasized, “In July 2018, Danau Sentarum officially enlisted in UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves list on the international event held in Palembang. The festival will be a worthy event to share the achievements, showcase the beauty of the area, and most importantly disclose local wisdom or local community’s participation in preserving the nature.”
The festival which may take place on 25-28 October 2018 is the fourth and is now part of a bigger event of Visit the Heart of Borneo Campaign. Don't hesitate to step foot and visit this festival!
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More information, please contact:
Arum Kinasih, Communications Assistant, WWF-Heart of Borneo | HP: +62 856 808 3689 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hamda Khairuzani, Data and Information Assistant, TFCA Kalimantan | HP: +62 852 7455 4275 | Email: email@example.com