Lorentz National Park (2.35 million ha) is the
largest protected area in South-East Asia. It is the only protected area
in the world to incorporate a continuous, intact transect from snowcap
to tropical marine environment, including extensive lowland wetlands.
Located at the meeting-point of two colliding continental plates, the
area has a complex geology with ongoing mountain formation as well as
major sculpting by glaciation. The area also contains fossil sites which
provide evidence of the evolution of life on New Guinea, a high level
of endemism and the highest level of biodiversity in the region.