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Jakarta (VNA) - Various international organizations have committed to helping Indonesia in conserving 1.3 million hectares of North Kalimantan’s conservation forest, which is also known as the "Heart of Borneo".

North Kalimantan Governor Irianto Lambrie said that in 2018, the province will receive 400,000 USD for forest conservation, including to conduct activities to empower local people living in the forest.

The Kayan Mentarang National Park, covering an area of 1,360,500 hectares, is the largest and remaining area of primary and old secondary forest in Kalimantan and Southeast Asia.

This national park is home to rare flora and fauna that need protection, as well as various ecosystem types, ranging from lowland rainforests to mossy forests in high mountains.

At this national park, some 20,000-25,000 people from the Dayak ethnic groups live around the Kenyah, Punan, Lun Daye, and Lun Bawang areas. They have cultural knowledge and wisdom that are in line with forest conservation efforts and apparent from their preservation of biodiversity in the forest.

North Kalimantan has been a member of the GCF Task Force on Climate and Forests since August 29, 2016, with the aim of addressing climate change. Other members of the Task Force are Aceh, East Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, Papua, and West Papua.

The GCF 2018 identified 30 world projects under the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to prevent forest damage.-VNA