Village Head Workshop: Progressive Change Should Start from the Village

Building village independence must start from a good village planning process. Detailed and thorough planning is very important. Then proceed with good program governance. “When we plan wrong, it means we plan to fail,” said the Secretary of the South Manokwari Village and Community Empowerment Service (DPMK), I Gde Wisnu Wardhana, during his session at […]

Indigenous Community Should Defend Their Right for Natural Resources

Indigenous people is expected to have capacity to recognize and maintain their rights for natural resources. Hence, they have knowledge on the value which is worth to struggle not only for the current generation but also the next generation of the indigenous people. This is the conclusion from Mubariq Ahmad, the Director of Conservation Strategy […]

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 […]

Regional Expansion Plan in Papua Problematic

The House of Representatives  passed three draft bills  on  new autonomous regions in Papua to become the House’s initiative bills through plenary session on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. If the bill is passed, it will become the legal foundation of the creation of three new region expansions, namely South Papua, Central Papua, and Papua Central […]

“Not Just Knowing How to Eat, But How to Plant Too”

“Not just knowing how to eat, but also how to plant too”. The statement addressed by women working in the public kitchen which served the Social Transformation School (STS) in Mogatemin, South Sorong Regency, when they ate papeda (traditional porridge made from sago) seemed to be jokingly said. However, this utterance passed judgment to Dorina […]

Two Palm Oil Companies Prosecuting South Sorong Regent Never Having Activities

Prosecution against the South Sorong Regent, Samsudin Anggiluli, filed by two palm oil companies was held at the Jayapura Administrative Court on Tuesday, 12 April 2022. On the trial, the team of South Sorong Regent brought Head of Teminabuan District, Frans Salmon Thesia, and Head of Wayer District, Yonias Kaisala, at court as witnesses. Both […]

Junior High School Graduates Trains Locals on Organic Fertilizer and Grafting

At the Kufuriyai Village hall in Arguni Bawah District, Kaimana Regency, Antonius Arfa, 32, a youngster from Iratutu tribe of Warmenu Village, stood before 35 villagers of Kufuriyai and Manggera on Thursday, 17 March 2022. On his right hand, he held a marker and wrote on white board explaining the NPK fertilizer. NPK is fertilizer […]

Blue Ecomic Implementation Not Optimum

Implementation of blue economy in Indonesia faces some challenges so the expected potentials of marine and fisheries could hardly have optimum benefit. Without improvement and cooperation among ministries, institutions, and civil societies involvement, the target of blue economy could potentially destroy the resources of marine and fisheries in Indonesia. “What could be benefited from blue […]

Scrutinizing Indigenous People Position and Customary Rights in State Constitution

The indigenous peoples issue is still an ongoing topic due to the absence of legal rule that takes sides and recognizes their existence and sovereignty in Indonesia. Meanwhile, the deprivation of customary rights and territories continues to occur so that indigenous peoples are increasingly marginalized. On the other hand, many parties are fighting for indigenous […]

Sasi Sambite: Local Wisdom to Boost Nutmeg Quality in Arguni Bawah

For people in Kaimana Regency, particularly in Arguni Bawah District, West Papua, nutmeg is not merely part of the ancestors’ culture and history. For villagers in Kufuriyai, Manggera, Egarwara, and Warmenu, nutmeg is the commodity for livelihood. With a total of 197 hectares of local plantation area in those four villages, nutmeg provides source of […]

Human Greed Leading to Environmental Crisis

Covid-19 pandemic affecting around the globe from the last two years has marked the disharmony of man and nature. Man-made destruction of nature has been blamed for the emerging virus here. “Covid-19 reflects human greed to nature,” said Aan Rukmana, Paramadina University’s lecturer of Philosophy and Religion, as one of the speakers in MACE (Mari […]

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 […]

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 […]

Being Producer by Gardening

Cristofora Kwerkujai cleaned up her garden nearby Maro River in Erambu Village, Sote District, Merauke Regency, early November 2021. On that afternoon, she did not do many activities at her garden. She had just harvested some vegetables such as long bean, mustard, spinach, and water spinach. “The crop is for my own consumption and for […]

Indonesia’s Voice and Role in COP 26 to Cope with Climate Crisis

Climate summit or the Conference of the Parties ke-26 (COP 26) was held in Glasgow, UK, on 31 October to 12 November 2021. In the summit, Indonesian government has addressed some commitments such as tackling the impact of climate change. “With the existing ample natural potential, Indonesia continues to contribute in climate change mitigation,” said […]

Pamungkas: We Need Nature

Making a dialogue and uniting with nature are deemed the source of inspiration for work. Nature has given tranquility and serenity in mind that could hardly exist at urban ambience that requires people to have fast moving pace. This is what happens to a musician like Rizki Rahmahadian Pamungkas. The popularly known Pamungkas admitted that […]

Protecting Papua and Maluku Forests Not Only About Birds-of-Paradise Preservation

Indonesia’s largest tropical rainforest is in Tanah Papua and the Maluku Islands. More than 3,000 vertebrate and 200,000 invertebrate species live in this tropical rainforest area. They range from insects, reptiles, mammals to birds, including birds-of-paradise with their  well-known magnificence. In addition, Papua Island also has more than 13,000 vascular plants, making it the richest […]

Mangrove Rehabilitation, Government Attempts to Reduce Carbon Emission

Rehabilitation of mangrove forests in Indonesia has got new hope at least until 2024. During mangrove planting at Raja Kecik Tourism Beach, Muntai Barat Village, Bantan Sub-district, Bengkalis Regency, Riau Province, on Tuesday 28 September 2021, President Joko Widodo said the government would rehabilitate 34,000 hectares mangrove by end of 2021 and would run for […]

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