Lake Sentarum National Park

 

Lake Sentarum National Park is one of the world's most biodiverse lake system. Located in the heart of Kalimantan Island, it lies in the upper Kapuas River tectonic basin, about 700 km away from its delta. The basin is a vast floodplain, consisting of 20 seasonal lakes, freshwater swamp forest and peat swamp forest, make the area so unique and undisputed vital. 

 

Lake Sentarum is also home for the Dayak Iban people - the indigenous people of Kalimantan. I visited Lake Sentarum when I was working for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), and realised how big the gap in education between the cities and the deeper parts of Indonesia. I think it's also the case everywhere.

 

So many things that I've learned from the Ibans. I really hope I can meet them again, one day.

Boat at Kapuas River
Boat at Kapuas River
Lake Sentarum during wet season.
Lake Sentarum during wet season.
A boy paddles a canoe
A boy paddles a canoe
Father and son paddling a canoe
Father and son paddling a canoe
Rumah panjang a.k.a. The Long House
Rumah panjang a.k.a. The Long House
Lights up the lantern.
Lights up the lantern.
Canoeing to school
Canoeing to school
Elementary school teacher
Elementary school teacher
The class room atmosphere
The class room atmosphere
Conservation education in the class
Conservation education in the class
Elementary school students
Elementary school students
Students and canoes
Students and canoes

Students in Lake Sentarum are canoeing to school.

Swimming in the lake
Swimming in the lake
Child and wild boar
Child and wild boar
Wall ornament
Wall ornament
Inside the Long House
Inside the Long House
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