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Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia


World’s 3rd largest rainforest

After the Amazon and Congo, New Guinea is home to the 3rd largest rainforest in the world. Papua New Guinea to the east and the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Irian Jaya to the west, the island covers just 1% of the world’s land area but harbours at least 5% of its animal and plant species; 2/3 of which are found only in New Guinea. Such unique wildlife includes kangaroos that climb trees, carnivorous mice, giant pigeons and rats bigger than domestic cats.

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Papuan habitation of the region is estimated to have begun between 42,000 and 48,000 years ago. The highlands were an early and independent center of agriculture, and show that agriculture developed gradually over several thousands of years; the banana has been cultivated in this region for at least 7,000 years. Austronesian peoples migrating through Maritime Southeast Asia settled in the area at least 3,000 years ago, and populated especially in Cenderawasih Bay.


Opportunity for Communers to participate in community driven ecological conservation and restoration projects in Papua Island region.
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