On March 21, 2019, the Provincial Parliament in Manokwari ratified a Special Provincial Regulation making West Papua the first conservation province in Indonesia.
West Papua is one of the world’s most biodiverse places and is home to nearly 2,000 species of fish and 75% of the world’s hard corals.
In recent years, the West Papua Regional Representative Council has completed various stages to establish the province of West Papua as a conservation province. This status will help achieve these objectives:
Establishing regulations on the recognition of indigenous peoples rights
Setting aside 70% of land as conservation area
Reviewing land based business licenses
To promote sustainable development, the House of Representatives is supporting two local regulations on conservation province and recognition of the Indigenous Peoples Rights. These will help implement West Papua’s commitment to preserving biodiversity, maintaining ecological balance, managing natural resources wisely, and creating sustainable livelihoods for it’s people.
This video is produced by Badan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah of West Papua Province, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Indonesia Nature Film Society.
INFIS. (April 10, 2019). West Papua Province Is Now A Conservation Province. Retrieved April 18, 2019, from EngageMedia Web site: http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/INFIS/videos/west-papua-conservation-province.