A paradise in peril

31 January 2010 | Video

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.



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. 


View of logging road in the Cameroon Forests