A paradise in peril

New Guinea is recognised globally for its extraordinary biodiversity, including almost all of the world’s Birds of Paradise. Papua, the Indonesian half of the island, still has 70% forest cover, yet its Baliem Valley, which supports one of the highest rural population densities in Papua, is under threat from logging and development.

A little hamlet in Walaek-Baliem Valley, Papua Photo: Agni Boedhihartono / IUCN

The Samdhana Institute, an IUCN Member, and the Department of Forestry of the Government of Indonesia are working to identify sustainable options for Baliem Valley’s forests and its dependents. 

Work area: 
Locally Controlled Forests
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