Travel Note: English Mentor Volunteer at Malagufuk Tourism Village

Malagufuk, attributed as an ecotourism village, is frequently visited by both domestic and international tourists. The village which is located at Makbon District, Sorong Regency in West Papua still has dense forests with plentiful fauna. The tourists usually came and stayed to watch cenderawasih bird dancing, Indonesian native kangaroo or locally called lau-lau, Papuan rangkong […]

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 […]

Jayapura Court Gave Another Rebuff to Palm Oil Lawsuit

  Jayapura Administrative Court (PTUN) in Papua gave another endorsement to Sorong Regency Government, West Papua, following the revocation of palm oil plantation concessions. Jayapura Administrative Court had recently overruled the lawsuit filed by PT Inti Kebun Lestari against Sorong Regent and Head of Sorong’s Investment and Integrated One Stop Service Office for revoking the […]

Travel Note: Experiences from Community Service Study as Relawan Hutan Merdeka

I am Nurmas Jihad Fahrurrozi, the English Department student of the University of Pendidikan Muhammadiyah (Unimuda) Sorong. When I wrote this piece, I am on the Relawan Hutan Merdeka Community Service Study (KPM) in collaboration with EcoNusa from 12 September to 26 October 2021. I was located at Wamargege, Konda District, South Sorong Regency, West […]

Protecting Customary Land from Palm Oil Investment

Malaumkarta Youth Organization (PGM) and Sorong Regency’s Research and Development Agency (Baperlitbang), West Papua, organized participatory mapping for customary land participated by representatives of four villages at Sorong Regency. The training was given as a follow-up of license revocation of four palm oil companies done by Sorong Regent, Johny Kamuru. “Mapping of customary land is […]

Revoking Palm Oil Concession, Sorong Authorities Sued

Sorong Regent and Sorong Regency’s Head of Investment and One Stop Service Office were charged by three palm oil plantation companies. The litigation came from PT Sorong Agro Sawitindo, PT Papua Lestari Abadi, and PT Inti Kebun Lestari given the fact that Sorong Government revoked the concessions of those three companies. The filed suit took […]