Lorentz National Park
Lorentz National Park is an outstanding example of the biodiversity of New Guinea, and one of the most ecologically diverse national parks in the world.
It is the only nature reserve in the Asia-Pacific region to contain a full altitudial array of ecosystems spanning from marine areas, mangrove, tidal and freshwater swamp forest, lowland and montane rainforest, alpine areas, and equatorial glaciers. At 4884 meters, Puncak Jaya (formerly Carstensz Pyramid) is the tallest mountain between the Himalayas and the Andes.
The endangered Dingiso tree kangaroo is found here, as well as two threatened species of crocodiles:
- estuarine crocodile
- New Guinea crocodile
Furthermore, 411 bird species are recorded (including 20 endemic).
Map of Lorentz National Park
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The Community Initiative for the Protection and Promotion of Lorentz National Park as the largest Park in South East Asia, we would like to encourage individuals and organisations interested in supporting us to work together in protecting and promoting this very important site.
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The Tribal Groups in West Papua, Indonesia are now organising ourselves in order to protect the World Heritage. It has been so long neglected, and the elders said that they want to do something about it.
We are not setting up tribal houses before beginning our activities of protecting the heritage. Anyone who can help, you are more than welcome.
On behalf of the elders
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Full name: Lorentz National Park
Unesco ID: 955
Criteria: 8 9 10
- 1999 - Inscribed
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- Beech Forests: Nothofagus beech forests
- Critically endangered fauna species: Western Long-beaked Echidna (Zaglossus bruijni) - "has not been recorded since the 1980s" Link
- Cloud forest: The mid-montane zone which is known as cloud or mossy forest, is dominated by Nothofagus species and starts about 1,500m (UNEP-WCMC)
- Turtles and tortoises: the rare pig-nosed turtle (UNEP-WCMC)
- Ratites: southern cassowary
- Peat: freshwater peat swamps (UNEP-WCMC)
- Significant Karst Features: World's best example of tropical alpine glaciated karst (AB ev)
- High-Biodiversity Wilderness Area: New Guinea, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea
- Territorial Highest points: Puncak Jaya 488m/16024ft
- Glaciers: Meren and Carstenz glaciers and a small hanging glacier on the Carstenz Pyramid
- World's most prominant mountains: Puncak Jaya 9th most prominent (5884m/0/MSL)
- World's Highest Topographically isolated summits: Puncak Jaya 5th most isolated (5261/4884)
- Natural sites with indigenous human population: The forests of Lorentz encompass the traditional lands of several ethnic groups, including the Asmat, Amungme, Dani, Sempan, and Nduga.
- Late Pleistocene: The lowering and rising of the sea level during the glacial and inter-glacial periods of the Pleistocene, along with continuous activity in the mobile belt which characterizes the contact zone of the two colliding lithospheric plates, has continued to promote the great biodiversity of the island of New Guinea in general, and in the Lorentz area in particular. (EOEarth)
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