VICTORY: Indonesia’s ‘Lost World’: Pristine Rainforests Do Still Exist
Scientists exploring an isolated rainforest in Indonesia's Papua Province, the western half of the island of New Guinea, have discovered a “lost world” with dozens of new species of frogs, butterflies and plants — as well as large mammals hunted to near extinction elsewhere, many of which were unafraid of humans. The area located in the Foja Mountains covers more than two million acres of old growth tropical forest, and is possibly the largest pristine tropical forest in Asia. It is critical that remaining rainforest wildernesses of unmatched ecological and evolutionary splendor not be lost forever, and certainly not for logging.
EcoInternet's action network had a role in protecting these pristine rainforests prior to their splendor even having been fully discovered, as we successfully campaigned with “Down to Earth” and others in both 1997 and 2001 to stop construction of a dam on the Mamberamo River that would have flooded the entire basin (we were aided by the Asia financial crisis). It is clear that in addition to dozens of outright victories conserving millions of hectares of ancient forests, together we have positively impacted the Earth in ways of which we are not even fully aware. If EcoInternet did not exist, these rainforests may not either. EcoInternet's “Earth Action Network” is the best little Earth protector in existence. Keep involved and spread the word.