Indonesia!

True to our name, Planet Indonesia works in the culturally and ecological rich region of the world known as Indonesia. Indonesia is a group of over 14,000 different islands. This diverse geographical landscape has given rise to one of the most diverse areas of the world. Culture can differ greatly from island to island, and there are estimated to be over 700 hundred living languages. Moreover, this landscape promotes some of the highest levels of endemism (species found no where else).

 

OUR Specific region of interest: Borneo (Kalimantan)

Borneo refers to the island as a whole (occupied by 3 countries), while Kalimantan refers to the part of the island owned by Indonesia.

Currently, Planet Indonesia is working in the Western region of Borneo (Kalimantan). Borneo is the third largest region of the world and is well known for having some of the richest ecological communities on earth.

 

the planet indonesia office

Planet Indonesia members discussing plans for a field trip

Planet Indonesia members discussing plans for a field trip

 

Outstanding facts about the island

A map of West Kalimantan in our office

A map of West Kalimantan in our office

  • Contains over 15,000 plant species
  • 6,000 plant species are expected to be found on where else in the world
  • 222 mammal species (44 endemic)
  • 420 Bird species (37 endemic)
  • 100 amphibian species
  • 393 Fish species

The rich rainforest, climate, and landscape of Borneo have captured the attention of scientists for decades. It has hosted a plethora of evolutionary studies with the important advancements in science coming from studies conducted on the island.

Unfortunately, Borneo is as at risk from a growing human population, unprecedented rates of deforestation, animal trade, among other threats. Moreover, some of the regions host some of the highest rates of illiteracy and low-income sites in Indonesia. Therefore, this is a crucial area of our work.