Balikpapan is a large seaport city on the east coast of Borneo in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. From Pa’Umor far and different enough. Though, it faces similar problems as every other city, town or village on the island – too fast, economy-driven develepment that mostly leads to irreversible destruction of the surrounding environment. Do not be indifferent; sign the petition against the highly controversial Pulau Balang Bridge and help Balikpapan Bay survive. In turn, people of Balikpapan may help you in the future.
For details, see https://www.change.org/p/joko-widodo-president-joko-widodo-please-save-balikpapan-bay
It took some time, but here it is – own Pa’Umor community’s website. Although it may seem that such a small village hidden somewhere in a deep jungle of Borneo does not actually need anything like this, the opposite is true. Pa’Umor community is aware of the globalizing world in which ways of sustainable development need to be urgently looked for. The village possess extraordinarily rich cultural, historical and natural potential, but everything is diminishing slowly. Not only way of life and cultural traditions are changing, nature is no exception and Borneo has become a horrible example of human’s hunger for natural resources that resulted in catastrophic deforestation with many consequences for both human and wildlife across the island.
Fortunatelly, Pa’Umor has been quite lucky and its forests are still mostly pristine. The Kelabit people are also aware of huge importance of forests in their lives and culture. Many actions are therefore taken to preserve the natural environment for future generations. This website should help this difficult task by several ways. First, it should inform the world about beauties of Pa’Umor, its people, nature and biodiversity. Visitors could then help increase income of local families in sustainable manner. Second, Pa’Umor community is active in several programmes that shall preserve or even improve local environment. This website will inform you about their progress and successes. Third, Pa’Umor forests have huge scientific potential. Several plant species new to science have been recently discovered there and many discoveries can be expected in the future. Because world of science and scientists may sometimes appear somewhat closed and isolated, this web should provide these exciting news also to other people.
The introductory post is over. Keep your eye on us in the future, we believe you will not be disappointed 😉