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Borneo, Environment, Indonesia

“Asia’s last great rainforest”


Heart of Borneo; photo by WWF

Jakarta Post, 20 May: In February 2007 the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei signed the Heart of Borneo Declaration — an agreement to protect 22 million hectares at the center of the island from environmental degradation.

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which initiated the declaration, the Heart of Borneo (HoB) area is “Asia’s last great rainforest”, which is home to 6 percent of the world’s biodiversity, contains the headwaters for 14 of Kalimantan’s 20 major rivers, provides “ecosystem services” to 11 million people and is “one of the planet’s richest treasure troves”.


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