From July 25th, 2018 the Betung Kerihun Danau Sentarum Kapuas Hulu is part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserve (WNBR) as it has been approved as a new biosphere reserve in the 30th Session of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme UNESCO on 23 to 28 July in Palembang, South Sumatra.
On his remarks, the Regent of Kapuas Hulu expressed his expectation that the status not only conserves two national parks, Betung Kerihun and Danau Sentarum, but also can give positive impact to the improvement of local people's welfare at Kapuas Hulu Regency.
Kapuas Hulu Regency is located in West Kalimantan Province, Indonesia, and has been designated as Conservation Regency since 2003. 65% of the region covers with forests: conservation, protected, production forests. More than two hundred thousand people are dependent to forests. The locals make a living from the eco-tourism, non-timber forest products such as agarwood, wild honey, arowana fish. FORCLIME has been supporting sustainable forest management related activities in Kapuas Hulu district since several years.