Wanang, Papua New Guinea

LTER site
Wanang, Papua New Guinea
Major ecosystems
tropical lowland primary forest
Available data since
209
Site coordinator
Vojtěch Novotný (novotny@entu.cas.cz)
Institution
Biology Centre ASCR, Institute of Entomology (www.entu.cas.cz)
Area
10000 ha
Altitude
150 m a.s.l.
Latitude
5°10'17,4'' N
Longitude
145°12'55,3'‘ E
Annual precipitation
4000 mm
Temperature (air)
28 °C
Characteristics

The site comprises 10,000 ha of pristine lowland rainforest in northern Papua New Guinea, owned by indigenous landowners from Wanang Village and declared as Conservation Area. The forest has >500 species of woody plants and largely intact, mildly hunted vertebrate communities.

The site includes a field research station (phone, radio, accommodation, catering, solar power) accessible on foot or by helicopter. Further, the site has 50-ha forest dynamics plot from the Center for Tropical Forest Science network, with >300,000 stems tagged and monitored from 2012. There is significant background information on plants, birds, frogs, and several insect taxa. Insect monitoring programme is planned from 2013.

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