With the size nearly twice of Singapore, the natural treasures found in the forest landscape between the Rungan and Kahayan rivers are remarkably rich. However, the conservation status of the landscape that is situated in three administrative districts of Central Kalimantan (Palangka Raya, Gunung Mas, and Pulang Pisau)remains afterthought with no scientific survey and research being carried out while several areas of this landscape have been designated for conversion to a plantation.
As for that reason, BNF has partnered with Muhammadiyah University of Palangka Raya (UMP) for the designated 4,917-hectare research forest (KHDTK) for carrying out research and training activities in this forest landscape. One of the realizations of this partnership is the last 2016 international scientific expedition to the KHDTK with support from our partners Rainforest Trust, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Save the Orangutan, and CISU.
Through Rungan River Landscape, BNF has been trying to propose a landscape-wide survey of the Rungan-river forest to enable the status of endangered and protected wildlife species of Rungan to be properly assessed; determine areas of High Conservation Value and High Carbon Stock, ensure community engagement with these objectives and achieve in-situ community lead conservation. By doing this, we will be able to recommend measures for sustainable development of this landscape in order to protect key biodiversity and prevents the destruction of Kalimantan’s incredible natural heritage.
Further detail of the information for the significance of the Rungan-Kahayan Forest can be accessed here