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Deforestation and investment permit overlapping in Papua Province

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Forest clearing for oil palm plantation, West Papua, 11 November 2015 – Courtesy of Sophie Chao

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan Legislator Decky Nawipa questioned the responsibilities of timber and plantation companies operating in Papua for reforestation or replanting areas where timber has been logged.

According to the rules, he said it is an obligation.

“That is based on regulation, if we conducted logging, we have to plant the trees again; reforestation, it should be checked how far it applied in Papua,” said Decky to Jubi, last weekend.

He called related institutions, to do maximum supervision. He said, if there are companies refused to carry out their obligations then their license should be revoked.

“We have to check on the field, whether the companies have been reforested or not,” he said.

Papua forest is among the forests that breathe the lungs of the world today. For that, all parties must guard it. Otherwise the Papua forest will be exhausted like forests in other provinces in Indonesia.

“In Indonesia, Papua is a province that still has a large forest area and must be maintained, all parties must play a role, especially the government in supervising,” he said.

Noting the alarming situation, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe critically said that forests in Southern Papua are mostly dominated by foreign and local investors.

“The southern forestry is largely under the control of investors, especially because the previous Regent has issued permits,” Lukas Enembe said recently.

According to him, in ​​Boven Digoel and Asiki area there has been a tremendous deforestation and it caused by the previous given permit.

“I have traveled around and seen thousands of hectares have been cleared because of the regulation we handed over to districts/municipalities so that local authorities arbitrary issued permission,” he said.

Overlapping permits

Overlapping permits in forest utilization in Papua have been suspected to open illegal logging entrances.

Decky Nawipa who is also a member of Commission IV of the House in charge of mining and forestry, said that logging and forest clearing permits are not processed through ‘one door’.

There are permits issued by districts, provinces, and central government. That is why permit overlapping is possible or one timber companies can bag two to three permits.

“Companies that pocketed more than one permit, exploit the widest possible forest area to cut timber,” said Decky.

He pointed out, permit from the regency is not more than one hectare of forest, but permits issued by the province or central government is more than that. The companies can use permit from province and central government to keep expanding the clearance or lodging.

The solution he suggest is to establish ‘one door’ system to issue permit. That permits issued only by one level of authorities, whether provincial, regency or central government.

To that, Lukas Enembe prefers that management of various business licenses, including forestry management, is in the province. This is because the Papua Provincial Government wants to protect 90 percent of Papua’s forests.

“From now on the regents can no longer give any business permits, let alone directly related to Papua’s forests,” Enembe said recently.

Enembe confirmed that the government will not issue permit if it destruct the forest. He claimed to have written to the Ministry of Forestry to stop the 13 out of 25 permits of forest products utilization in natural forests (IUPHHK-HA) in Papua or IUPHHK-HA, with cover’s area consist of ​​2,083,091 hectares.

“Now all the business permits should be issued in the level of province, districts shall only give recommendations,” he said. (*)

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Freeport’s one percent fund cannot guarantee Kamoro’s future

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Mathea Mamayou, a native Kamoro woman whose tribe affected tailings produced by PT Freeport Indonesia. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – The Secretary for the Government, Politics, Law and Human Rights Commission of the Papua House of Representatives Mathea Mamoyao, who is also a Kamoro native, said ‘one percent fund’, 1% of Freeport’s gross revenues go to the local tribes, does not guarantee the sustainable future of those tribes.

“I don’t know whether this compensation is still there or not. I don’t want certain people took advantages on it, while people are still living under the poverty,” she told Jubi on Wednesday (18/7/2018).

Further, she said what she wants is a guarantee for the Kamoro tribe to live in a better condition in the future. But the fact is the education and health services in the Kamoro region is still poor. “For all the times, I’ll keep talking about it, because as a native, I don’t want the young generation of my tribe not to survive in the future,” she said.

Meanwhile, the board of Meepago Customary Council John NR Gobai said indigenous peoples as the tenure landowners collect the promise of the Indonesian Government on the bargain involved Freeport, the Central Government and the landowners on 4 September 2017.

“At that time, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignatius Jonan agreed to accommodate the request of Amungme tribe asking Freeport to give a reimbursement of 1% fund which they received as the Corporate Social Responsibly funds into larger value shares,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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The Kamwolker River drying up

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Kamwolker River of Perumnas III Waena. – Jubi / Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – Water debit of the Kampwolker River, one of the largest water reservoirs for Waena and Entrop areas of Jayapura city, has started to decline.

A geography lecturer at the University of Cenderawasih Eka Kristina Yeimo said the lack of government control on natural reserved areas driven the drought of springs. “If this issue has not immediately addressed, I am afraid the clean water crisis will happen in the next few years. The government must take a firm action to maintain the water resources, especially some springs in the city of Jayapura,” Yeimo told Jubi on Friday (22/6/2018).

She said that several years ago, water is not a problem. However, it changes. The water springs around Perumnas III and Kamwolker began to dry as a consequence of land clearing. “People build houses at the river bank until the mountain foot, which cut down all the trees around it,” she said.

Therefore, she continued, the government needs to establish a clear regulation and legal basis to protect the water resource area by controlling the development around the springs. On the other hand, it is also necessary for the community to play an active role to maintain the water resources and forest. (*)

 

Reporter: Agus Pabika

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Hungarian student attracted to traditional Papuan food

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Regina Laurents while processing sago with Papuan women from Kwadeware, Sentani. – Jubi/Engel Wally

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua is always an attractive place for international tourists to visit every year, and a Hungarian student Regina Laurents, who said coming to Papua because interested in studying the Papuan culture including its culinary method such as how to process sago traditionally, is just an example of it.

“I observe the traditional sago processing method is very good. I had eaten sago in Sulawesi once but never knew how to prepare it. I am happy that I can see its process here directly,” said Regina while attending the Sago Festival II in Kwadeware, Jayapura District on Thursday (21/06/2018).

Laurents is a culinary student who is undergoing an exchange program in Indonesia. For two years, she has been in various Indonesia regions, in particular, Papua to learn the traditional food processing method. Therefore, she felt lucky attending the Sago Festival. “I am pleased that I can learn a lot here, and I will certainly tell my friends about Papua.”

Moreover, She hopes this festival would continue to promote the Papuan traditional culinary as well as to attract more international tourists to come.

Sago Festival II was held in Kwadeware Village of Waibhu Sub-district, Jayapura District on Thursday (21/06/2018). Despite a variety of processed and traditional foods made from sago exhibited at the festival, visitors can also observe how to process raw sago before it becomes a delicious food. (*)

 

Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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