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Catholic Church Seen Crumbling Due to Coastal Abrasion

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Catholic church in the main town of Okoba sub-district, Merauke Regency - Supplied

Catholic church in the main town of Okoba sub-district, Merauke Regency – Supplied

Merauke, Jubi – A Catholic church in the main town of Okoba sub-district, Merauke Regency, is on the brink of crumbling due to coastal abrasion, with only two meters left, a councillor said.

“We raised this issue during a council meeting several times, but the related office paid little attention. The abrasion has occurred for years due to the huge waves,” said a councilor of Merauke Legislative Council Moses Kaibu at his office on Wednesday (12/10/2016).
Moses said he had visited the Okaba Catholic church and found it was in an alarming condition. The council, he further said, has alerted the Merauke Regional Government, but there had been no follow-up.
In fact, this church is still used for services every Sunday.
“I hope the government will take a prompt action. Do not wait until it is crumpled and later on getting surprise. The related office should take a prompt action to see the current situation in the Okaba Beach,” he said.

Another councilor Tarsisius Awi said the similar thing. “It’s right. There is a coastal abrasion in the Okaba Beach that affect the building of the Catholic Church there,” he said. The related office, he said, should take a prompt action to go to the Okaba Sub-district to see directly about the abrasion instead of waiting the report from the locals. (*/rom)

 

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West Papua province is number one ranked for 2017 Environmental Quality Index

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Oceanic view in West Papua Province – dok. wwf/cipto a gunawan

Jayapura, Jubi – West Papua Province is first ranked for the Environmental Quality Index (IKLH) in 2017 at national with a percentage of 85.69 per cent, followed by West Kalimantan and Papua Province with 81.47 per cent.

The Head of Economic Affairs at the Center for Strategic Policy of the Ministry of Forestry’s Environment (KLHK), Abdul Muin said the index, which is part of KLHK strategic plans throughout 2015 – 2019, of both Papua and West Papua Provinces is still above the national average target for 2018.

“There should be an effort to maintain and increase the environmental quality index for both provinces to create a healthy environment,” Muin said in Jayapura, Tuesday (09/18/2018).

Further, he said the island of Papua is one of the world’s central attention, especially the environmentalists, due to its global tourists’ destinations. Thus, the concept of sustainable development is one of the primary keys to improving the quality of the sustainable environment. “This includes in the national action plan,” he said.

Moreover, he said even though the environment is one of the primary support of the sustainable development in addition to the economic, social and governance pillars, at the national level the index of environmental quality still underrated because its value is still unstable (changes all the time).

“This should not be a concern of the ministry of environment, but all stakeholders, both legislative and executive bodies, need to be involved as well as mandated in Act 23 of 2014 concerning the regional governance,” he said.

Separately, the Assistant of People’s Economy and Welfare Noak Kapissa said Papua Provincial Government have a strong commitment to restricting the impact of the greenhouse gas emissions through coordination with government and non-government institutions at regional and international levels.

Moreover, he said, Papua Provincial Government, through the Governor’s Decree Number 105/2015, already formed the Papua Low Carbon Development Task Force (PLCD-TF), which actively involved in the climate change issues in the land of Papua. (*)

 

Reporter: Alex Loen

Editor: Pipiet Maizier 

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Taparu in Kamoro socioculture

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Kamoro women when sorting out sago caterpillars. – Jubi / Doc

Mimika, Jubi – Each clan in Kamoro has ‘taparu’ or a specific location as a place to find food sources when they encircle rivers and mangroves in the lowland estuary of Mimika District.

A Dutch anthropologist J Power states ‘taparu’ is a local terminology emphasizing the relations of land and its inhabitants. “There are also the names of surrounding neighborhoods taken from the ancestral names,” as written in a book “Taparu Fratri of Mimika-Kamoro ethnic groups in Hiripau Village, East Mimika District, Mimika Regency”, by Dessy Pola Usmany et al. from the Ministry Education and Culture Directorate General of Culture Papua Cultural Value Conservation Center, 2013.

‘Taparu’ itself is more related to groups who inhabit within this region or surrounding environment as Kamoro people always encircle the river and sago forest for catching fish or gathering food. Everyone knows their own ‘taparu’.

‘Taparu’ in Kamoro language means the land, while Sempan people call it ‘se iwake’. If someone wants to mark the land he passes in gathering food, he solely adds the prefix ‘we’ such as tumamero-we and efato-we in Omawka village.

Similarly, people in Nawaripi village also do the same. Their areas are including Tumukamiro-we, Viriao-we, and Iwiri-we. All of these names reflect the relationship between the land and inhabitants.

Meanwhile, like the majority of Kamoro people, Ojibwa people believe in the power of their late patrilineal clan that depicted in the symbols of animals. The anthropologists call these symbols with totems which mean a belief that embodies a symbolic representation of society.

Unfortunately, today taparu also face the severest challenges of sedimentation due to tailings of mining activity that cause the silting of river and discolouration of Mollusca habitat in the estuary of Mimika District. (*)

 

Reporter: Dominggus Mampioper

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Avoiding conflicts of interest on indigenous land mapping

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The finalization of the formation of task force team for indigenous areas mapping in Jayapura District. -Jubi/Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – The indigenous land mapping in Jayapura District is very important, but it should be noted that it might have a tendency of contestation or conflict of interest among communities.

According to an anthropologist at the University of Papua I Ngurah Suryawan, the claim of land has a long history of dynamic and inconsistent movements. It needs a thorough study of the form of the indigenous land mapping, as it is inherent in the rights of indigenous people.

“Speaking of this, the indigenous people’s land’s right is currently facing a strong onslaught of change. “People are busy talking about land rights, but then they just see how their land was taken by companies, their relatives or other clans of family,” said Ngurah on Thursday (9/6/2018).

Meanwhile, Jayapura Regent Mathius Awoitauw has also formed a task force to do mapping on the indigenous territories. The task force chaired the Regional Secretary of Jayapura District which members are including the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), NGOs and indigenous communities.

“The task force was launched on Friday (5/9/2018) after many consultation and finalization among members and communities.” (*)

 

Reporter: Timoteus Marten

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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