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Enembe: Papua’s Ecosystem Guarantees Future of Golden Generation

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Papua Governor, Lukas Enembe - Jubi

Papua Governor, Lukas Enembe – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said Papua’s ecosystem and biodiversity are the future guarantee of a golden generation and new civilization.

“It is because it has plenty of oxygen, water, energy, and food, medicines and Papuan cultural identity,” Enembe told reporters in Jayapura on Wednesday (7/9/2016).
He stressed that the beauty of the natural landscape, the diversity of flora and fauna as well as the Papuan cultural diversity are strategic and important assets for local and national governments as well as the international community in developing tourism and creative economics.
“All attendants in ICBE 2016 want Papua to become the front leader for the entire Indonesian regions in development and to achieve the sustainable future for the people of Indonesia based on the use of the biodiversity and ecosystem service wisely,” he said.
Therefore, he said, the International Conference of Biodiversity, Ecotourism and Creative Economy in Papua is a historical moment to materialize the vision of Papua namely ‘rising, independent and prosperous’.
“Through the conference, we would proudly declare that Papua could perform the high quality sustainable and equitable development by protecting, maintaining and utilizing the biodiversity wisely,” said Enembe.
Enembe said the conference becomes important for Papua to notify all parties that Papua Island has incredible terrestrial and marine natural resources that should be sustainably managed and used to improve the quality of life of the indigenous Papuans to exit from the isolation, poverty, ignorance and injustice.
‘With supports from Papuan generation with visionary and entrepreneurial spirit in the field of biodiversity, ecotourism and creative economy, I believe the economic development with seven cultural regions approach (Papua and Papua Barat) would grow well,” he said.
He added the Papua Provincial Government has determined the year of 2016 as investment year. Therefore he invited all parties through the conference for holding hands to support the potencies of biodiversity and ecotourism to move the tourism and creative economic on five Papuan cultural regions basis. (*/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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