Friday, May 25, 2007
Where is Putussibau? This is a name of capital city of Kapuas Hulu District. It is located in interior of West Kalimantan Province. It is in the upper Kapuas River Basin. You may sail from Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan, to Putussibau, and will take you a week. You may take a bus for 20 -24 hours. If the road is good. It is still taking 18 hours at least. Above is a picture of the road to Putussibau. You need to be ready to push the bus, and even spend a night on the road.
Kapuas Hulu District, actually, is one of the richest in natural resources. The district is a hot spot of illegal logging right now. In the past, it acted as a major source of government revenue. It is an irony when no more timber is left, we still have troubles due to poor infrastuctures, such as roads, power and water. We may get poorer in the future. What would you do then??
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Danau Sentarum National Park (132 000 Ha) is situated about 700 Km in the upstream of Kapuas River. The wetlands consist of a series of seasonal lakes, riparian forest, peat swamp forest, kerapah forest, and inundated swamp forest. Some dipterocapr forest occurs in dry land areas of surrounding hills.
Lakes and streams in this park have a main hydrological function to regulate water level in the Kapuas River, and play an important role in maintaining fish biodiversity in the Kapuas. During the wet season, the Kapuas water will flow into the lakes. In contrast, the lake water will discharge to Kapuas during the dry season. Also, during dry season (between June and July) the park becomes a haven for fishing. It is a major source of livelihood for indigenous people who are living in this park region.