EcoNusa’s 6th Anniversary: Welcoming the Year of Hope

July 2023 marks the 6th year of EcoNusa Foundation. Along the way, there were certainly constructive challenges, one of which was the Covid-19 pandemic. EcoNusa strives to remain relevant towards the empowerment programs that we carried out on the ground. EcoNusa continues to work with local communities in the villages to support community independence and […]

Exploring Gisim Village’s Potentials in Sorong

License revocation of four palm oil companies in Sorong Regency, West Papua, spreads out in 9 Districts, namely Segun, Salawati, Malabotom, Klamono, Mariat, Mayamuk, Sayosa, Konhir, and Wemak. The locations of villages with the formerly revoked concession are located at the expanse of natural forests areas. The rich natural resources of those locations should be […]

Papuan Young Scientists Support Crown Jewel Papua

West Papua has strategic areas dubbed the Crown Jewel Papua (CJP) that has some functions of protection, biodiversity, and culture in support of sustainable development. management of CJP landscape is designed to support the commitment of West Papua Province government in implementation of 14 commitments of the Manokwari Declaration related to sustainable development. The 2.3 […]

W20: Women, Pivotal Milestone for Village Development 

Gender equality has been the shared goal to strive social justice and welfare equally in the world, including Indonesia. Based on the gender equality index released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Indonesia is on the 103rd as from 162 countries in terms of gender equality. The position is deemed the third lowest among […]

Story of #RasaTimur, Glancing at Biodiversity Potentials in Eastern Indonesia

Man is an entity which is part of nature and the existing biodiversity. Human life depends and never separates from the existence of biodiversity. Considering our dependence on the biodiversity, the United Nations (UN) set 22 May as the International Day of Biodiversity, a commemoration which is dedicated to global community awareness raising on the […]

Edor Village Website Launching, Progress for Data-based Local Planning

Kaimana Regency Communication and Information Office in collaboration with EcoNusa and Edor Village Government released official website for Edor Village on 31 May 2022. The website which is accessible at will help expose any activity performed by the government and community of Edor Village. Website launching of Edor Village was officially done by Freddy […]

Many Ways to Disseminate Fascination of Eastern Indonesia

Eastern Indonesia is not merely natural resource rich regions. Their culture is diverse. There are many stories from Tanah Papua, Maluku Island, and Sulawesi we could share to public. There are many ways to disseminate the fascination of eastern Indonesia.  “From Imaji Papua, we use documentary film, because it could serve as an effective medium […]

Public and Youth Hope for Governor Regulation on Indigenous People Recognition in West Papua

Recognition process of customary land and indigenous people at a certain area usually takes years. The procedure begins with a regulation on procedures of indigenous people recognition and protection issued by the regency or mayoralty governments. Then the regent/mayor establishes a committee on indigenous people to identify indigenous people in their areas, verify, validate, and […]

Social Transformation School Officially Opened by South Sorong Regent

EcoNusa held the 6th Social Transformation School (STS) in Mogatemin Village, Kais Darat District, South Sorong Regency, in West Papua Province on Saturday 26 March 2022. Traveling to Mogatemin Village is not stress-free process. From Sorong City, it took more than 4 hours on a bumpy road before EcoNusa team jointly with South Sorong Regency […]

Recognition Process of Customary Land and Indigenous People in West Papua Now Shortened

West Papua Provincial Government has issued Governor Regulation No. 25/2021 on the Designation Procedure of Indigenous People and Customary Land in November 2021. The regulation will give significant acceleration to the process of designation and recognition of customary land and indigenous people. “The regulation cut down the bureaucratic process because of the elimination of regency/mayoralty […]

Moni and Mee Tribes, Used to Wage War, Now Live in Peace

Paniai Regency is one of the oldest regencies in Meepago regions that have been expanded into three regions, namely Intan Jaya, Deiyai, and Dogiyai Regencies in Papua Province. In Paniai Regency, there are two major tribes with different culture. Both tribes here are Moni and Mee. Despite the difference, both tribes have very close kinship […]

Human Resource Quality, Key to Win West Papua Tourism

Tanah Papua is natural resources rich region. It also has promising tourism potential. One of the tourism spots internationally known is Raja Ampat. It is located at the coral triangle which is attractive for tourist and this made Raja Ampat in West Papua Province eminent with its tourism icon. President Joko Widodo puts Raja Ampat […]

The Importance of Archipelagic Region Draft Bill

Indonesia is an archipelagic state with a variety of uniqueness. Marine resources, particularly in eastern Indonesia, have high potential. Unfortunately, development in eastern region of Indonesia does not go along with their potentials and even the development is not as massive as that of in the west region of Indonesia. Therefore, the presence of the […]

The Fate of Democracy and Environment are at Youngsters’ Hands

When there is a query on what big leap to do by youngster today, then democracy and climate crisis will become two major issues which are related to their roles. Both issues do not merely affect aspects of life and state, but also define what Indonesia will be in the future. “There is positive perspective […]

Education and Culture Ministry to Build Customary School in Malaumkarta with EcoNusa

Education, Culture, Research and Technology Ministry plans to establish a customary school at Malaumkarta Village, Makbon District, Sorong Regency, in West Papua. The statement was addressed by the Director of Almighty God Belief and Indigenous People, Sjamsul Hadi, on his speech in the EcoNusa Outlook 2022 on Thursday, 10 February 2022. Sjamsul said the Minister […]

Building Sense of East with Heart

Getting underway the 2022, I am impressed with what Sorong Regent, Johny Kamuru, said in the EcoNusa Outlook 2022 on 10 February in Jakarta. He said boldly, “In Tanah Papua, we do not need people with strong word and very good at speech. But what is needed is people with strong compassion, sincere heart and […]

EcoNusa Outlook 2022: Significance of Building People’s Sovereignty in Eastern Indonesia

Yuliance Zanggonau shares her experiences in assisting people in Arguni Bawah District, Papua, in theEcoNusa Outlook 2022. (EcoNusa/David Herman Jaya) Tanah Papua and Maluku Island have ample natural resources. However, the people’s economy still relies on other parties. The condition makes the locals vulnerable to sell their land to the company. “People’s sovereignty is important […]

Papua, Maluku, We Can, Anything Possible

The 30 participants of Community Organizer and Facilitation Technique training shouted the yells together at the Learning Center (LC) Mibi in Makbon District, Sorong Regency, West Papua, on 24 January – 2 February 2022. “Papua, Maluku, we can, anything is possible” is an optimistic yell expressed by field staffers and village cadres believing that anything […]

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