The Sepik RiverOver 900 km long, the Sepik River forms the largest unpolluted freshwater system in New Guinea. It is also one of the largest and most intact freshwater basins in Asia-Pacific.
The river's pristine state is due to the absence of large cities and development projects, and therefore few human-induced impacts in the Sepik region.
The diverse habitats and extensive lake systems of the Sepik Basin support important water-bird and crocodile populations. The Sepik River is home to approximately 500,000 people who depend almost entirely on products from the rivers and forests for their livelihoods.
Although development is limited, several factors tarnish this idyllic setting. Unsustainable industrial logging, invasive species and proposed mining developments are constantly threatening the integrity of the area.3