Lorentz National Park (2.35 million ha) is the largest protected area in South-East Asia. It is the only protected area in the world to incorporate a continuous, intact transect from snow cap to tropical marine environment, including extensive lowland wetlands. Located at the meeting-point of two colliding continental plates, the area has a complex geology with ongoing mountain formation as well as major sculpting by glaciation. The area also contains fossil sites which provide evidence of the evolution of life on New Guinea, a high level of endemism and the highest level of biodiversity in the region.
Today I find this amazing academic article about Yali people from the perspective of Ethnobotany.
William Milliken (Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh)
A general ethnobotanical study of the Yali people was conducted in the Sibi valley in the highlands of West Papua (Jayawijaya, Irian Jaya). The communities were living in a state of relative isolation and relying almost entirely on traditional technology, with substantial use of forest products. Data were collected on the uses and/or properties of 250 wild and cultivated plant species, and over 400 species and cultivar names were recorded in the Yali language. The data are discussed in the context of Yali culture and way of life, and are compared with ethnobotanical records from other New Guinea indigenous peoples. In general it was found that the plant species used by the Yali and the way in which they were employed bore strong similarities to those of most highland peoples of New Guinea.
Reading the article is like having my own adventures started from inhaling the fresh air at the mysterious snow mountains, blending my understanding with the culture and tradition of friendly Yali people, then fulfilling my curiosity of the richness of magical list of plant taxonomy.
Please read the complete article from Royal Botanic Garden
by Roger | June 10th, 2009
Located on the western end of the island of Papua and the furthest eastern province of Indonesia, West Papua is often referred to as the last bastion of adventure travel in the archipelago. Don’t let that deter you from travelling there because as a province it has so much to offer tourists with all manner of tastes in travel. Stunning beaches with warm ocean waters lapping the shores and mountain ranges seemingly rising to the heavens, intriguing nature reserves, stunning jungles and some of the most ancient, primal tribes on the planet can be found on this amazing section of Indonesia. The province covers the Bird’s Head Peninsula and surrounding islands and with a population of approximately 800,000, it makes it one of the least populous of all Indonesian provinces. The capital of West Papua is in Manokwari and is a fabulous place in itself. There are all types of accommodation available in the cities and surrounding villages and a stay with some of the locals will prove to be one experience you will never forget but only treasure.
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