Barito Ulu

In this new programme, launching in 2018, the Borneo Nature Foundation aims to conserve the spectacular and highly diverse forests of the Barito Ulu region, in Borneo’s geographic centre.

The mighty Barito River is five hundred miles long, three‐miles wide at its mouth and the lifeblood for hundreds of thousands of people. Along its length is found a huge array of cultures, commerce, habitats and wildlife, as it flows through cities and jungles, around mines and fields. Its headwaters are three huge rivers that tumble through myriad rapids and canyons, draining one of the large, pristine rainforests found in the very heart of Borneo. This is a land of jungle, of mountains, cliffs and valleys, of old tribes with rich cultures, and every kind of plant and animal that Kalimantan has to offer, including ten different primate species. This is the Barito Ulu.

Yet research and conservation activities in the area have stalled in recent years. The once magnificent Rekut Research Station has been neglected and coal, timber and plantation extraction is invading this remote region. As Kalimantan’s peatlands and lowland forests are cleared at an ever‐increasing rate, these rugged landscapes in Borneo’s interior may be the last refuge for many threatened species, including its apes. The Borneo Nature Foundation aims to reignite research here and rebuild the Rekut Research Station. Through this, we will build a collaborative conservation network with local community groups, NGO’s, government, industry and academic bodies to promote sustainable development, habitat and wildlife protection across the wider Barito Ulu region.

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