Dive Straight into the Information about the Kalimantan National Parks

Indonesia, as one of the world's ecotourism destinations, deserves to have a manual, a comprehensive information book. 

This book is one of the rare gems in its field, encompassing, reviewing, and providing ample information about The National Parks of Indonesia. We owe gratitude to the authors, publishers, and efforts made for the publication of this valuable book.

A brief history of National Parks in Indonesia

Panji has written several books related to the history of Indonesia's national parks especially the six national parks established between 1980 and 1990 (Panji, 2016). Indonesia adopted the national park system in 1980 before hosting a national park conference in Bali in 1981. 

The first national parks established were in places that had been very popular destinations for tourists such as Gunung Gede Pangrango in West Java province, Baluran in East Java province, Komodo on Komodo island in East Nusa Tenggara Province and Gunung Leuser in North Sumatra and Aceh Provinces. 

In 1982, Indonesia added more parks including the island chain of Kepulauan Senbu in the Java Sea north of Jakarta, Meru Betiri in East Java, Tanjung Putting in The National Parks of Indonesia central Kalitnantan, Kutai in East Kalimantan, Manusela in Maluku and Bukit Bavisan Selatan in South Sutnatra and Bengkulu provinces.

Here's a pretty comprehensive book discussing The National Parks of Indonesia. This work by Jatna Supriatna and Christ Margules spans 373 pages and covers 55 of Indonesia's national parks. 

Specifically for Kalimantan

Specifically for Kalimantan, you can find discussions and narratives in Chapter 3, which include Gunung Palung, Bukit Baka Bukit Raya, Danau Sentarum, Betung Kerhum, Tanjung Puting, Sebangau, Kutai, and Kayan Mentarang (pages 178-226). 

What's quite intriguing about this book published by Yayasan Pustaka Obor Indonesia in 2022 is that, besides detailing the locales, it also provides information on how to access and transport oneself there, facilities, and information about the Park Office.
-- Masri Sareb Putra
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