Riak Bumi is active in the rural communities within and around the Danau Sentarum National Park in the Kapuas Hulu district of West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Even though more than ten thousands of people who live in the area still rely heavily on its natural resources, the 127,393 hectare area was designated as a wildlife reserve in 1992.
And then as a national park in 1999 because of its significance as a unique wetlands ecosystem and as a water reservoir for the Kapuas River, the longest river in Indonesia which traverses the length of the province. The area has also been designated as a wetland of international importance in 1994 under the Ramsar Convention.
In addition to the Danau Sentarum area, Riak Bumi also works in the Kubu Raya district, West Kalimantan in peatland management with the participation of local communities.
However, with experience in developing NTFPs such as forest honey in Danau Sentarum, Riak Bumi has been the initiator of the formation of the Indonesian Forest Honey Network in 2005 and as the secretariat of the network whose membership is spread across major islands in Indonesia.
Riak Bumi was also the initiator of the establishment of the Kalimantan Tengkawang*) Network in 2016 and as the secretariat and coordinator of the network whose membership covers all districts in West Kalimantan, some in other Kalimantan provinces and even Sarawak-Malaysia which is still the island of Borneo.
*) Illipe nuts