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Indonesia’s deepest lake, world’s 10th deepest

Lake Matano is a natural lake in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. With a depth of 590 metres, it is the deepest lake in Indonesia, the 10th deepest lake in the world and the deepest lake. The surface elevation from mean sea level is only 382 metres, which means that the deepest portion of the lake is below sea level (cryptodepression). It is one of the two major lakes (the other being Lake Towuti) in the Malili Lake system.

forest loss

The largest environmental issue in Sulawesi is deforestation. In 2007, 80% of Sulawesi’s forest had been lost or degraded, especially centered in the lowlands and the mangroves. Forests have been felled for logging and large agricultural projects. Loss of forest has resulted in many of Sulawesi’s endemic species becoming endangered. In addition, 99% of Sulawesi’s wetlands have been lost or damaged.


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