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A community - related proposal

LMA KALANAFAT in collaboration with diving experts, BAPEDA, DINAS WARIWISATA; CAMAT Samate, CAMAT Saonek and CAMAT Misool and other KECEMATAN in the new KAPUPATEN RAJA AMPAT, in close collaboration with the village communities identify the best sites for future diving base camps within the boundaries of Raja Ampat.

The proposals for these base camps are then presented to the village communities in whose territorial boundaries these sites are situated. Each community then, with the assistance of LMA, CAMAT and possibly also DEPARTMENT PERTAHANAN clarifies the ownership for the sites ( hak adat ), both the land ownership and the land utilization rights.

Within each community, on whose territory a base camp is planned, an organising committee of right holders or a local foundation (yayasan) under the chairmanship of the kepala adat should be set up. ...weiterlesen "Eco-diving directives for Raja Ampat"

- Teluk Mayalibit Conservation Report

This Report was compiled with emphasis on conservation at the village level, following the ECOCULTURE movement without any affiliation to NGO or government organisations. It is being made public at a time when the world community is becoming aware of the devastating effects of forest exploitation in West Papua. And a counter-movement is in formation– at last.

...weiterlesen "Pulau Waigeo, Kabupaten Raja Ampat, West Papua"

(This article was first published in kabar-irian.com and in The Indonesian Conservation News Letter. It was then  distributed over news networks worldwide, in 2002 and 2003)

The lobbies of upper class hotels in this provincial town at the Bird Head of Indonesian New Guinea in recent months became the meeting place of East Asia’s logging firms – from Malaysia and China in particular. After having largely depleted the timber resources of western Indonesia, the wave of destruction now has reached out to the eastern-most Province of Indonesia: Papua (formerly Irian Jaya). Business is in full swing for the companies and government agents, but certainly NOT for the local village communities - the traditional owners of the rainforest. The attractiveness of Sorong is no secret: The Regent (Bupati), Mr John Piet Wanane and his regional government care little about government laws and issue logging permits even for Strict Nature Reserves ( Cagar Alam ) ! ...weiterlesen "SORONG (PAPUA): A haven for illegal logging – with full government support"