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Papua Residents to Be Alerted on Extreme Weather

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Flood in Sarmi regency on 2012 - tempo.co

Flood in Sarmi regency on 2012 – tempo.co

Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura Municipal residents were alerted on extreme weather that has occurred since the beginning of the year because of the potential to cause flooding and landslides.

The head of Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Papua Province, Didi Agus Prihatno on Saturday (23/1/2016) in Jayapura said the potential of disaster in Papua area is very high; furthermore the level of rainfall is moderate to heavy and sometimes windy.

“People should be aware and alert, they have no longer wait the government’s alert,” he said.

Specifically in Jayapura City, Didi said, Jayapura Municipal BPBD has conducted series of attempts to reduce the disaster risk, either through physical construction as well as awareness and capacity building in facing the threat of disaster (disaster mitigation).

“We give appreciation to Jayapura Municipal BPBD, they have conducted series of disaster mitigation and socialization to community,” he said.

According to him, some flooding points in Jayapura City have been repaired, so that the heavy rain that fell over Jayapura City last night did not cause flooding. “The rain was heavy overnight, but no flooding in Jayapura City,” said Didi.

He added though Jayapura Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency often provided information on weather in printed and electronic media, regional/municipal BPBD of Papua Province is expected to prepare and help people in case of disaster.

“It’s including to immediately coordinate with related stakeholders in term of providing prompt response towards disaster if it’s occurred,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Head of Papua Social and Housing Office, Ribka Haluk, said the natural disasters such as flooding and landslide are often occurred in the remote areas in Papua, thus the regional governments, in particular the governments of Papua Highland areas, need to anticipate the risks through formation of disaster alerted villages.

“I ask regents to establish the disaster alerted villages,” said Haluk. (Alexander Loen/rom)

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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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Two hectares of forest area burned in Wasur National Park

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Forest fires in Wasur National Park area, Merauke Regency. – Jubi / Frans L Kobun

Merauke, Jubi – Eleven firefighters of the Firefighter Brigade of Forest and Land Control of Merauke was trying to put out of the fire on Wasur National Park area following the forest fires in the past few days.

Sukamto, the Head of Firefighter Brigade told reporters on Friday (7/9/2018) that the forest fires in Wasur National Park were identified yesterday so that his team went to the fire spot immediately.

He explained that approximately two hectares of forest area in Wasur National Park burned, although the firefighter team tried to blackouts of fire using both manual and semi-mechanics water pumps. “We don’t know yet what caused the fire. However, it is more likely the human’s factor,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sota Police Chief the Adjunct Police Commissionaire Ma’ruf states the police have provided an understanding to local communities in villages to encourage people not to burn the forest in dry season.

“If this habit still continues, it might give a negative impact on the forest ecosystems,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Frans L Kobun

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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