Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Cendrawasih University, WWF to manage protected area in Papua


Cendrawasih University, WWF to manage protected area in Papua

Selasa, 20 Oktober 2015 22:54 WIB | 366 Views
Sentani, Papua (ANTARA News) - World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is in collaboration with Cendrawasih University, Jayapura, Papua province, to manage the protected areas in Asmat district, Papua Province.

Communication Campaign and Outreach Coordinator of WWF Indonesia-Papua Program Andhiani M Kumalasari said here on Tuesday that the WWF is in collaboration with researchers from Cendrawasih University Papua to conduct research on biodiversity in Rawa Baki and Vriendscape.

"Rawa Baki and Vriendscape were not protected areas but we want to add these to the list of the protected areas because some researches show there are many rare endemic species inhabiting the area," she remarked.

She said the rare endemic plants in the region consist of 52 genera and 30 species.

Based on a herpetofauna survey (the reptiles and amphibians of a particular region, habitat, or geological period), 23 species of amphibians and reptiles are found in Rawa Baki and Vriendscape.

Also, 66 species of birds from 28 families inhabit the areas, of which 26 are protected birds.

According to Andhiani, in the area along Siret and Vriendschap rivers, there are 21 species of fish, from 18 genera and 15 families, in which 16 are endemic.

"As a result of such research, we propose that these two regions should be in the list of protected areas," she said.(*)

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