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Looking for ICBE 2018: A New Hope to Save Papua’s Forests

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ICBE 2018 Committee Chair Charlie Heatubun gave a presentation about the purpose of the ICBE implementation to the media crew

Land of Papua will host the International Conference on Biodiversity, Ecotourism and Creative Economy (ICBE) 2018. at the West Papua Provincial Government’s step in realize the implementation of the principles of the Sustainable Province and the vision and mission of the current administration.

The event held in West Papua Province is a step of the Government in realizing the implementation of the principles of the Sustainable Province and the vision and mission of the current administration.

ICBE is the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) by the United Nations which contains 17 goals and 169 targets, where biodiversity receives serious attention, especially on goals 14 and 15. As part of a global society that has jointly committed to managing and preserving biodiversity for the welfare of humanity.

The conference, which is planned to be opened by President Joko Widodo, will be held from 7 to 11 October 2018 in Manokwari, West Papua. The conference will introduce the concepts and initiatives of the Conservation Province as a smart solution for sustainable development in the Land of Papua globally. Concepts that support the improvement of people’s welfare through the preservation of biodiversity, utilization of environmental services, creative economy and increased community participation.

Professor Charlie D. Heatubun as Chair of the 2018 ICBE Work Team in the ICBE introductory Press Conference, Tuesday (02/10), in Jakarta, said this conference would not be like a conference or ordinary meeting that just finished just after closing. However, there are initiatives that will be launched in the implementation and become the work agenda of the Governments of Papua and West Papua.

“The first is how we who have declared ourselves as a Conservation Province can legalize this initiative. Then a special regional regulation is needed. Initially a special regional regulation for the Conservation Province, but eventually it became a special regional regulation on Sustainable Development, so that it becomes a legal basis for all development initiatives that will later refer to this special regional regulation, “explained Charlie.

In addition, another fundamental initiative is that this conference will be an opportunity for West Papua Province to review the Spatial and Regional Planning (RTRW) to be aligned with the special regional regulation on Sustainable Development. One of the main targets is to change the composition of the Conservation area with other Use Areas, which so far have a proportion of 36% compared to 64%.

“We will try to change that later, how we hope to be reversed, so that more conservation areas. We will also review mining, concession and plantation licenses, which are mostly palm oil, “he added.

The ICBE 2018 agenda consists of eight plenary sessions and ten parallel sessions which will be filled by, among others, Maritime Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya, Indonesian Republic Police Chief Tito Karnavian, Chairperson of the Corruption Eradication Commission Agus Rahardjo, along with Academics from and outside Indonesia, and Non-Governmental Organizations in Indonesia.

The results of the 2018 ICBE agenda series are expected to be the foundation and ideas for the Government of West Papua, the Government of Papua and other stakeholders in the implementation of the Conservation Province in the Land of Papua.

It is expected that there will be 750 ICBE 2018 participants from Indonesia and abroad by combining professionals from the private sector, academia, government both central and local governments, researchers / experts and research institutions, nongovernmental organizations, practitioners, as well as indigenous peoples and churches and participants from various circles including students and students.

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