Monday, September 15, 2014

1) Huge Papua estate cause of high gas emissions

1) Huge Papua estate cause of high gas emissions
2) Body evacuated in Freeport  mine collapse

3) Pacific media body criticises Jakarta over French pair


1) Huge Papua estate cause of high gas emissions

Updated at 8:06 pm on 15 September 2014

An official from Merauke in Indonesia's Papua province says the regency's alarmingly high greenhouse gas emissions rate results from deforestation.
Bintang Papua reports that Merauke Regency's contributes nearly half of the province's emissions.
A Merauke official, Tangke Mangi, says the high rate results from rapid forest degradation caused by the huge agro-development project known as the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate.
Mr Mangi says there is a need for strategic action to mitigate the emissions which are expected to increase as more companies take up permits at the Estate.
2) Body evacuated in Freeport  mine collapse
The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Mon, September 15 2014, 7:40 AM
The body of drilling operator Roby Hermawan, who was buried when an underground mine in Papua collapsed, was evacuated and flown to his hometown of Garut, West Java, on Sunday.
The West Muck Bay underground mine of PT Freeport Indonesia in Tembagapura, Mimika collapsed on Friday at about 11:30 p.m., burying the victim who was installing safety equipment in the mine.
“The victim was buried along with heavy equipment. The body could not be identified as it was buried under stones and soil,” Papua Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw said on Sunday.


3) Pacific media body criticises Jakarta over French pair

Updated at 5:50 am today

The Pacific Freedom Forum says Indonesia's President-elect Joko Widodo should keep his campaign promise to open up access to West Papua.
The regional media organisation has criticised Indonesian authorities for doing nothing to countermand the arrests of two French journalists in Papua province.
Valentine Bourrat and Thomas Dandois were arrested on the 6th August in Wamena, and remain detained in Jayapura by Indonesian police, accused of violating their visas.
Indonesian police spokesmen say the pair could face a prison sentence for subversion amid allegations they were involved with pro-independence activists.
The PFF Co-Chair Monica Miller said that decision in Indonesia to prosecute the pair flies in the face of increasing pressure from from the international community to free up access to West Papua for all.
She says the President-elect's failure to take action must raise questions about who really controls West Papua.

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