Tuesday, November 3, 2015


2) West Papua declared conservation  province

Jayapura, Jubi – The Solidarity for Human Right Violation (SKP HAM) Papua and student groups held a discussion and film screening on the Paniai shootings, which killed four high school students and a civilian on 8 December 2014 at Aula GMKI Padang Bulan, Jayapura City, Friday (30/10/2015).
The Chairman of Independent Student Forum (FIM) Papua, Teko Kogoya, said this case is severe human right violation and the students keep continuing the peace rally and monitoring the case until it’s been settled.
“But up to now, the human right commissioners in the Ad Hoc are unable to work properly. They said the State has no budget for this case,” Kogoya among hundreds of students attended in the forum told to reporter.
Paneas Lokbere, the Chairman of SKP HAM Papua, said these activities would regularly be conducted to aware the Papuan young generation about the State’s violence by the security forces.
“We did it (discussion and film screening) to acknowledge the Papuan young generation that his country is continuing to kill Papuans and protect the perpetrators,” said Lokbere on last week.
Further he said the State is still misleading in tackling this issue, because he thought the government only focuses on the provision of the Special Autonomy. “The State remains silent about the shooting case occurred in Paniai on 8 December 2008 as the case of severe human right violation in Papua,” he said.
The chairman of the Association of Indonesian Catholic Student (PMKRI), St. Efrem of Jayapura Municipality, Simon Petrus Bame similarly said the young generation must work hand-to-hand to resolve a number of sever human right violation cases that increasingly happened in this region.
“We see there are two types of human right violation, namely physical and non-physical violation. Film screening is a doctrine to young generation and a revolution is created through collective movement. Besides talking about the cases of human right violation, we must talk about and safe the rights of land tenureship, forest and Papuans to safe our offspring for today and the future,” said Bame.

Meanwhile the chairman of the Christian Student Movement of Indonesia (GMKI) in Jayapura City, Sebi Seblon Ibiah, admitted he would not stop voicing those cases, in particular the Paniai case. He further would fight through his thought, action and doing a change on this land.
“We invite the churches, NGOs, youths, students and people to speak out the humanity values on the land of Papua. What have done by SKP HAM Papua to organize a discussion forum and film screening in each student dormitory and seminary was a mass-based consolidation to fight for justice and truth on our land, Papua,” he said. (Abeth You/rom)

2) West Papua declared conservation  province
West Papua Governor Abraham Octavianus Atururi deserves credit for his astounding Oct. 19 Manokwari declaration. Flanked by heads of the 12 West Papuan regions, he declared the province Indonesia’s first official “conservation province”. 

In doing so, he has set forth a bold pathway for sustainable development that respects both the aspirations of Papuan communities and the global significance of Papua’s biodiversity. 

Even by Indonesian standards, the province of West Papua is unusually blessed with abundant and unique natural resources. 

Almost half of Indonesia’s biodiversity is contained within the two Papuan provinces. Papuan reefs contain 75 percent of the world’s coral diversity, its forests and coasts are rich in climate-stabilising carbon and untold biological resources have yet to be discovered. 

The traditional wisdoms and practices of Papuan communities have kept these systems in balance for generations. 

But rapid development threatens to undermine West Papua’s natural wealth. If current practices continue, vast amounts of forest will be converted to oil palm plantations. Coastal-rich mangroves and productive coral reefs are at risk from unplanned upstream landscapes and coastal development. 

At the heart of Governor Atururi vision of a conservation province is the desire to balance opportunities and to mitigate the risks of development. The conservation province policy will establish three natural thresholds that need to be protected. 

These are: forests and their carbon resources, vital fresh water systems and productive coastal and marine areas. 

These areas have been listed for protection so that they can continue to provide for the human populations that they support. The other critical factor is the ability of governments to apply the best available science to minimize “non-manageable risks” while securing sustainable production systems. 

Through Regional Government Law No. 23/2014, the government determines which provinces will play a greater role in natural resource governance. 

West Papua’s new policy provides an example of how that national policy can be integrated at every 
level, from the district to the provincial and national levels, in a holistic way to ensure that all of nature is conserved. 

We at Conservation International believe that the conservation province approach could be applied throughout Indonesia to address land degradation and biodiversity loss in addition to the local and global challenges of climate change. 

The conservation province sets a new high standard or paradigm to deal with development. This is inspirational and very much needed for a natural resource-based archipelagic country such as Indonesia.

In his declaration, Governor Atururi noted the importance of Papua’s resources to future generations. Securing traditional practices and involving local people in management will help to translate nature’s wealth into much-needed community prosperity. 

The key challenge is how to reconcile the business-as-usual development agenda with conservation province principles and translate this relationship into effective action. 

Such a challenge will involve working out how to set bold conservation and green growth targets that make sure that most stakeholders are on the same page and support the plans, and in so doing, eventually contribute to the over-arching provincial goals. 

This will require visionary leaders and good governance, including strong law enforcement mechanisms.  

For example, how should we deal with issues of inappropriate land-use or concessions for certain areas that serve a critical function for ecological services? 

And how can investors support the conservation province policies by developing businesses that respect the true value of nature and the culture of a given area?

When this conservation province approach is applied to all provinces and is focused on building upon the strength and the uniqueness of each province, Indonesia will emerge as a center of excellence in translating and fulfilling global sustainable development goals. 

Globally, people are becoming more and more aware that our societies need nature to thrive. This desire has been loudly heard by millions of Indonesians and this declaration by the governor is a landmark move by West Papua to recognize the value of nature to people. 
The writer is vice president of Conservation International Indonesia. The views expressed are his own.


Jayapura, Jubi – The House of Representatives said the military should expand its base in Biak to anticipate security problems in eastern Indonesia.
“I support the Indonesian Military to build a bigger base to secure Indonesian territory. If we can see the potential of the Asia Pacific is better, we can mobilize our armament here, then we can obtain recognition in the Pacific,” the Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Fahri Hamzah, during a visit in Biak Numfor, Papua on Saturday (31/10/2015).
A larger military base could also serve as a a deterrence against outside threats
“Of course (to remind) the United States will find out who’s in charge and dominate our territory,” he said.
He said several countries in the Asia Pacific region such as Fiji, Solomon, Vanuatu might already have connection with the United States. “But to build the Military Base in Biak is to give our signal to them as well as business providers that Eastern Indonesia is safe for investment,” said this politician.
In addition, he also proposed the Indonesian Military to conduct a military exercise in Biak although regarding to accommodation it might be difficult.
“I propose the military to hold the exercise here. If we conduct the military exercise in the eastern region, it will more positive. Indeed we have the vital region such as Jakarta where located in the Java Island, but if we talked about the exercise, we cannot do it in the western region, but we can do in the area where people is less populated and widespread land. I also propose to celebration of the Military’s Anniversary could be held in Biak, Papua,” he told. (*/rom)

Jayapura, Jubi/SeaTradeMaritime – The Indonesian government has signed contracts worth abouth IDR1.77trn ($129.9m) for the construction of 24 ships that will be used to transport people and goods to and from remote areas in a bid to improve connectivity among the country’s islands, local reports said.
Funding will come from the state budget over several years until 2017. Providing a boost to the local shipbuilding industry, companies that won the contracts include PT Daya Radar Utama, PT Steadfast Marine, and PT Janata Marina Indah, which will build eight, five and two vessels respectively.
“I hope it can be finished in around two years,” Transportation Ministry’s director general for sea transportation Bobby Mamahit The projects are part of the government’s plan to build 188 ships this year, 100 of which will be used to serve the remote areas.
The government has allocated about IDR11.84trn over three years for the construction of various kinds of ships, namely navigation vessels, patrol vessels and livestock ships.
Bobby said that the construction of the passenger and freight ships would add to the 56 ships currently owned by the government to serve 96 routes across the country.Upon completion, those ships will operate in 15 ports in remote areas in Indonesia, including Sintete in West Kalimantan, Tual in Maluku and Sorong in West Papua.
“As those areas can’t be developed commercially, the government needs to step in. With these additional ships, we can increase the frequency of the movement of goods, as well as the travel time to the remote ports, from once every two weeks to once every seven days,” he added.
The 24 ships will be 2,000 gt each and have the capacity to carry 50 tons of cargo as well as 566 passengers.Indonesian Shipbuilding Association (Iperindo) chairman Eddy K. Logam said that the shipbuilders welcomed the government’s ship construction program, as it would also boost the utilization of the shipbuilding capacity that currently stood at 1.2m dwt. (Vincent Wee)

British journalists Rebecca Prosser and Neil Bonner were sentenced today to two and a half months in prison on a charge of violating Indonesia’s immigration law. Having already been held for more than twice that time, they are due to be freed shortly.
Detained by the immigration authorities on the western island of Batam since late May, Rebecca Prosser and Neil Bonner were found guilty today by the Batam district court that began examining their case in September.
We are relieved to learn that Rebecca Prosser and Neil Bonner will soon be released,” said Benjamin Isma├»l, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.
Nonetheless, their conviction by this court confirms Indonesia’s troubling tendency to treat journalists as criminals when all they have done is violate a regulation. How can locking up journalists for long periods like criminals be regarded as justice? The law on foreign journalists’ visas must be repeated.
Prosser and Bonner, who work for the Wall to Wall production company, entered Indonesia on tourist visas and were arrested by the Indonesian navy on 28 May while filming a reenactment of pirates storming an oil tanker for a documentary commissioned by National Geographic.

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