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                                         Young Researchers Important Element of Papua Land Sustainable Developments

Manokwari, October 5, 2018 – West Papua Province’s noble intention to become a Conservation Province should not be a stop at the declaration made on October 19, 2015. The West Papua Provincial Administration should, therefore, invite all elements of the society to take part in realizing it.

Those who should play their roles are either academic or other institutional researchers conducting their researches in the land of Papua. They will, later on, work together with other elements of the society to harmonize the legal umbrella, Bylaw on Special Sustainable Developments in West Papua Province. Its preparation is now still underway.

“Based on the rationale, we are all local administrations, universities, NGOs and the people are to join forces in every development, so that the conservation province is running well,” Regional Secretary to West Papua Province, Nataniel D. Mandacan, said on Saturday (06/10/2018) in a written speech by Governor Dominggus Mandacan in a Young Researcher Seminar in the Land of Papua 2018 in Manokwari.

He said in the speech that though Papua and West Papua Provinces are administratively separated, similarities in ecology and geography have allowed both provinces to have a common vision for maintaining the biodiversity contained therein. The reason is that both provinces give contributions to 50% of the biodiversity in Indonesia.

“The young researchers in the Land of Papua must be able to develop a practical approach to utilizing and protecting the species and if possible to restoring the endangered species,” he said.

In line with it, Head of West Papua Regional Research and Development Agency Charlie D Hetaubun said increasing the capacity of young researchers in the Land of Papua needs to be encouraged to develop their research in an effort to support sustainable development programs. Therefore, a special forum for Papua young researchers is needed to present the results of research such as Seminar.

“In addition to increasing the capacity and interest in the research and accelerating the regeneration process, the Land of Papua’s young researcher seminar is aimed to provide opportunities for the young researchers and final-year students to present the results of the study, by selecting at least five writings of the best research results to be presented in ICBE 2018, “he said.

On the same occasion, Chairperson of the Committee on Papua Young Researcher Seminar, Keliopas Krey, expressed hope that all young researchers could present their smart and innovative ideas as well as help develop Papua’s soil conservation.

“The young researchers must also become agents of change for the developments in the land of Papua, young researchers are also considered as future generations in the land who will continue to voice West Papua as conservation and sustainable province,” he said.

In one day seminar, the researchers whose works were in the top 40, presented their works divided into 3 groups. The outline of conducted research is concerning Biodiversity, Eco Tourism and Creative Economy.

Director of EcoNusa Foundation, Melda Wita Sitompul, said the EcoNusa Foundation would continue to provide full supports for the seminar. The reason is that the Papua land’s biodiversity should continuously become the center of attention in the sustainable developments. One of its strategies is to base on the data and results of scientific research.

“The land of Papua is rich in Biodiversity. The researchers should be able to make this region as their laboratory because there will be many new things that can give contributions to science and basis of consideration for sustainable developments,” he said.

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                                          FUNDING MECHANISM FOR CONSERVATION COMMUNITIES SHOULD BE FORMULATED

Manokwari, October 9, 2018 – Upon declaration as a Conservation Province using a Special Bylaw (Perdasus) on Sustainable Development, the West Papua Province couldn’t fight a lonely battle. But, strong supports are to be solicited from various parties, including the Central Government, Other State Governments and donor agencies.

One of the crucial issues that need to receive attention is providing an incentive for the conservation measures. The reason is that welfares of the indigenous peoples as the main conservation actors need to be improved, so that they are not forced to clear or sell their forests as solution to earn a living. Those issues were specifically discussed in the second day of the International Conference on Biodiversity, Ecotourism and Creative Economy (ICBE) 2018 in Manokwati, West Papua.

“Should we think that conservation refer to no cutting forest trees, what do people do to survive? But, if the forest logging is continuously done to earn a living for community, then the forest and biodiversity cointaned in it will soon disappear and we will only enjoy for a moment, natural conditions and biodiversity will not be enjoyed by our children and next generation for 50 to 100 years onward and we will find it difficult to reforest damaged forests, ” Regional Secretary to West Papua Province, Drs. Nathaniel D. Mandacan said in his address in one of the plenary sessions.

“Then, we are thinking of how the forests remain green, but the money is flowing, so let’s think of it. There are a lot of pundits here. Some are from the central government and also national and international NGOs. Let’s think about the mechanism, I believe there will be a solution,” he said.

The challenge is how the central government and other environmentalists to jointly propose an appropriate funding scheme, so that indigenous peoples working to protect the forests and other conservation areas in the land of Papua are not economically disadvantaged. West Papua Provincial Government has itself set a target 70% of the areas will have been transformed into conservation areas to be put into in the Spatial and Regional Planning (RTRW) which will be reviewed in line with regional regulations to be issued related to the revision of the Spatial and Regional Planning (RTRW) in West Papua Province.

Regarding the seriousness of the Regional Government to expand the conservation area according to the percentage in the Spatial Planning and protect biodiversity, it is hoped that the Central Government can support by issuing policy to secure the will of the region. Besides that, regarding incentives for the regions in the form of Ecological Fiscal Transfers that are being proposed, it is hoped that there will be no rules that actually inhibit and even kill innovation. Whereas the purpose of the establishment of this conservation areas is to help the Central Government’s desire to maintain carbon stocks to keep the pace of climate change. If the people feek that there is no appreciation and incentive for them to protect the forest or peatland then they can sell and cut the forest to fulfill their economic needs”, added Nataniel.

In a different plenary session, researcher from the University of Indonesia’s Research Center for Climate Change, Sonny Mumbunan said the funding from the Central Government is clearly possible to be given through the mechanism of the Public Allocation Fund. Its formula is that the land cover indicator can be used as one of the references in channeling fund allocation from the State Budget and Expenditures.

“So for any regions that has certain forest land cover and experience an increase in regional cover, it can be given incentives. I have talked about this mechanism at the Ministry of Finance to Ministry of Home Affairs and receiving different response,” Sony Mumbunan said.

He pointed out the mechanism has been successful in Brazil and India. Therefore, there is a chance of success if you take a look at the conditions of Indonesia and India which are almost the same.

“Therefore, it depends on the Central Government. The Regional Administration is just encouraging, like West Papua Provincial Government has had commitments and Regional Regulation in the form of Special Bylaw, has been submitted to the Parliament (DPR) of West Papua to be discussed and determined, later the Central Government gives its legal umbrella,” Sonny said.

On a different occasion, academician with the University of Papua Ludia Wambrauw called for assistance to the people first before the conservation fund is given. The reason is there were some examples of case where the use of funds was only temporary in nature and failed.

“Funding is important, but the most important thing is assistance so that they can sustain. For a long term, there must be assistance to the community so that the economic development is also sustainable,” he said.

For this reason, the local government can take advantage of the development partners who have been providing direct assistance to the community, both from NGOs and academics.

Ensuring that the community’s economy remains sustainable is also voiced by Hans Mandacan as Arfak Mountains’ ecotourism player and owner Hans Mandacan.

“Everything shall be sustainable because the forest must be remain maintained. For us the forest and all its contents are automatic teller machine and money machines that always generate money for the people,” he said.

The last day of ICBE 2018 on Wednesday (10/10/2018) will discuss partnerships in realizing sustainable development and global policy and partnership processes before the closing. Three parallel sessions and two plenary sessions will be held before the closing.

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About ICBE 2018
ICBE is the implementation of the Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030 (Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) by the United Nations containing 17 goals and 169 targets, where biodiversity receives serious concern. ICBE 2018 introduces globally Provincial Conservation concepts and initiatives as a smart solution to sustainable development in the Land of Papua. The concept provides supports for the improvement of people’s welfare through the preservation of biodiversity, utilization of environmental services, creative economy and increase in community participation.

ICBE 2018 is collaboration between the West Papua Provincial Administration and Papua Provincial Administration, United Kingdom Climate Change Unit (UKCCU), Conservation International Indonesia (CI-IP), Kew Royal Botanical Garden, Eidenburg University, Cornell Lab for Ornithology (Cornell University), EcoNusa Foundation, The Nature Conservation, Papua University, WWF, and the West Papua NGO Coalition.

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                                      Perdasus Pembangunan Berkelanjutan Landasan Pembangunan di Provinsi Papua Barat

Manokwari, 07 Oktober 2018 – Provinsi Papua Barat boleh berbangga diri, pasalnya, mereka menjadi satu-satunya Provinsi berkelanjutan yang mengedepankan aspek konservasi dalam pembangunan mereka. Legalitas tersebut tertuang dalam Peraturan Daerah Khusus (Perdasus) Pembangunan Berkelanjutan di Provinsi Papua Barat, yang rancangannya diluncurkan dalam pembukaan Konferensi Keanekaragaman Hayati, Ekowisata dan Ekonomi Kreatif (ICBE) 2018 di Perkantoran Gubernur Papua Barat, Minggu (07/10/2018).

Penyerahan rancangan Perdasus tersebut dilakukan oleh Gubernur Papua Barat Drs. Dominggus Mandacan kepada Pieters Kondjol selaku Ketua DPR Provinsi Papua Barat. Hal ini menjadi fundamental dalam menjaga ekosistem tanah Papua Barat yang jika digabungkan dengan tetangganya, Provinsi Papua, menyumbang 50% keanekaragaman hayati di Indonesia.

Perdasus tersebut juga menjadi landasan atas inisiatif mengkaji ulang Rencana Tata Ruang dan Wilayah Papua Barat yang sedang dilakukan oleh tim Provinsi Papua Barat. Tujuannya, untuk mengatur ulang proporsi kawasan lindung dan budidaya hutan Papua Barat yang saat ini komposisinya 36% berbanding 64%. Sementara target yang diusung adalah kebalikannya, 70% wilayah Papua Barat merupakan kawasan konservasi dan lindung.

“Banyak orang berpendapat bahwa tujuan ini sebagaimana termaktub dalam deklarasi Provinsi Konservasi sangat ambisius, tapi saya sadar kalau hanya mengandalkan pembangunan biasa saja, tidak akan ada perubahan. Tidak banyak pilihan kecuali dorong pembangunan yang memperhatikan Sumber Daya Alam, pemeliharaan lingkungan dan berikan manfaat pada masyarakat. Ini bukan pekerjaan mudah, dan saya yakin dengan kerjasama dukungan Pemerintah Pusat, Kementerian terkait dan dukungan masyarakat serta mitra pembangunan , tujuan ini akan tercapai,” ucap dia.

Dalam kesempatan tersebut juga dilakukan penandatanganan Nota Kesepahaman (MoU) penyamaan visi pembangunan berkelanjutan antara Pemerintah Provinsi Papua dan Papua Barat.

Dalam kata sambutan Gubernur Papua Barat yang dibacakan Asisten II Sekda Provinsi Papua Noak Kapisa, Papua menyatakan komitmennya dalam pembangunan berkelanjutan.

“Sebagaimana diketahui bahwa visi Pembangunan berkelanjutan Papua (Visi 2100 Papua) yang menjadi dasar Visi pembangunan kami dalam periode 2018-2023 adalah ‘kebahagiaan dan kualitas hidup seluruh rakyat Papua berada pada tingkat setinggi-tingginya secara adil dan merata, serta kondisi alam Papua, baik daratan, perairan udara tetap lestari dan terjaga serta meningkat kualitasnya’. Bagi kami di Provinsi Papua, tanah adalah Ibu. Ungkapan itu sudah cukup untuk menggambarkan bagaimana hutan dan alam Papua yang kaya akan akan sumber daya alam senantiasa menyediakan semua kebutuhan dan perlindungan layaknya seorang mama yang menyediakan makan, minum, kehangatan dan perlindungan bagi anak-anaknya,” ucap Noak.

Penyatuan Visi dari Papua dan Papua Barat ini merupakan satu hal yang diperlukan dalam mendukung pelestarian alam dan keanekaragaman hayati di Tanah Papua. Hal itu juga yang dikatakan Kepala Badan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Provinsi Papua Barat yang juga merupakan Ketua tim Kerja ICBE 2018 Charlie Heatubun.

“Walau secara administratif berbeda, tapi secara biologi dan ekologi kita sama, makanya kita harus bangun komitmen bersama untuk jaga dan lestarikan apa yang kita punya di Tanah Papua,” terang dia.

Dalam kesempatan tersebut juga diperkenalkan spesies Pinang dan Anggrek yang namanya diambil dari Bapak dan Ibu Negara Joko Widodo dan Iriana Widodo. Pinang Jokowi (Areca jokowi) didedikasikan untuk Joko Widodo atas kepemimpinannya dan kesederhanaannya yang patut dicontoh, dan yang terpenting perhatian khususnya atas pengembangan Tanah Papua. Sementara Anggrek Iriana (Bulbophyllum irianae) didedikasikan sebagai penghargaan terhadap upaya-upaya beliau dalam mendorong dan mendukung proses pembangunan di Papua dan Papua Barat.

ICBE 2018 hari pertama, Senin (08/10/2018) akan menyelenggarakan 3 sesi pleno dan 4 sesi paralel dengan tema beragam. Salah satu pleno akan membahas percepatan pembangunan melalui Provinsi Berkelanjutan di tanah Papua sebagai tindak lanjut atas peluncuran Perdasus. Narasumber yang akan dihadirkan antara lain Gubernur Papua Barat Dominggus Mandacan, Menteri Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Asisten II Provinsi Papua Noak Kapisa hingga Dosen Harvard Kennedy School Art RIchard Senider.

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Tentang ICBE 2018
ICBE adalah pelaksanaan Agenda 2030 Pembangunan Berkelanjutan (Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) oleh Perserikatan Bangsa-bangsa yang berisi 17 tujuan (goals) dan 169 sasaran (targets), dimana keanekaragaman hayati mendapat perhatian serius. ICBE 2018 memperkenalkan konsep dan inisiatif Provinsi Konservasi sebagai solusi cerdas pembangunan berkelanjutan di Tanah Papua secara global. Konsep yang mendukung peningkatan kesejahteraan masyarakat melalui pelestarian keanekaragaman hayati, pemanfaatan jasa lingkungan, ekonomi kreatif dan peningkatan partisipasi masyarakat.

ICBE 2018 ini merupakan kerjasama Pemerintah Provinsi Papua Barat dengan Pemerintah Provinci Papua, United Kingdom Climate Change Unit (UKCCU), Conservation International Indonesia (CI-IP), Kew Royal Botanical Garden, Eidenburg University, Cornell Lab for Ornitology (Cornell University), Yayasan EcoNusa, The Nature Conservation, Universitas Papua, WWF, dan Koasli LSM Papua Barat.

Gubernur Papua Barat Dominggus Mandacan menabuh tifa sebagai simbol secara resmi pembukaan Konferensi Internasional Keanekaragaman Hayati, Ekowisata, dan Ekonomi Kreatif (International Conference on Biodiversity, Ecotourism, and Creative Economy – ICBE) 2018. Pembukaan dihadiri sejumlah duta besar dan perwakilan kementerian dari Pemerintah Pusat
Gubernur Papua Barat Dominggus Mandacan (tengah) secara simbolis menyerahkan Rancangan Peraturan Daerah Khusus Provinsi Berkelanjutan Papua Barat kepada Ketua DPRD Papua Barat Pieters Kondjol (kanan). Raperdasus tersebut menjadi landasan pembangunan di Provinsi Papua Barat sekaligus memperkuat komitmen Provinsi Konservasi yang dideklarasikan pada 2015 lalu.

 

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The Birds of Paradise are a family of birds found in the New Guinea region that have evolved the most varied and most elaborate plumes and display behaviors in the bird world. Tim is engaged in a long term project documenting this extraordinary group.

To see more images, please go to the Birds of Paradise gallery on Tim’s online archive.

Western Parotia Bird of Paradise (Parotia sefilata). Adult male at its display court, performing ballerina dance.
Magnificent Riflebird Bird of Paradise (Ptiloris magnificus) male calling from his display vine.
King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) male.
Lesser Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) male displaying high in the rain forest canopy at his display site (lek).
Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male displaying to a female at his display pole in the swamp rain foerst at Nimbokrang, Papau, Indonesia, Island of New Guinea.
Wilson’s Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica) Adult male on the main display pole in the center of his court.
Wilson’s Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica) male displays to female from a small sapling in the middle of his display court.
Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) male performing practice display at tree-top lek. Endangered Species (IUCN Red List: NT).
Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) male performing a practice display at his display site, known as a lek, high in the canopy of the forest on Batanta Island, Indonesia. Photographed from a canopy blind. IUCN Red List: NT
Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus)

The Birds of Paradise are a family of birds found in the New Guinea region that have evolved the most varied and most elaborate plumes and display behaviors in the bird world. Tim is engaged in a long term project documenting this extraordinary group.

To see more images, please go to the Birds of Paradise gallery on Tim’s online archive.

Western Parotia Bird of Paradise (Parotia sefilata). Adult male at its display court, performing ballerina dance.
Magnificent Riflebird Bird of Paradise (Ptiloris magnificus) male calling from his display vine.
King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) male.
Lesser Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) male displaying high in the rain forest canopy at his display site (lek).
Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male displaying to a female at his display pole in the swamp rain foerst at Nimbokrang, Papau, Indonesia, Island of New Guinea.
Wilson’s Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica) Adult male on the main display pole in the center of his court.
Wilson’s Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica) male displays to female from a small sapling in the middle of his display court.
Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) male performing practice display at tree-top lek. Endangered Species (IUCN Red List: NT).
Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) male performing a practice display at his display site, known as a lek, high in the canopy of the forest on Batanta Island, Indonesia. Photographed from a canopy blind. IUCN Red List: NT
Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus)

The meeting with the West Papua NGO Coalition discusses the cooperation of the Regional Research and Development Board of West Papua Province as well as the Coordinator of ICBE 2018 with the coalition of West Papua NGOs as West Papua Development Partners in supporting the implementation of ICBE 2018.

LSM
Manokwari, 19 Desember 2017

A follow-up meeting at the British Embassy between the Chairman of the ICBE Working Team. Dr. Charly D Heatubun, S.Hut, M.Si with UKCCU – The British Embassy, ​​the Norwegian Embassy and Maitar Bustar discussed the follow up of the joint work plan between ICBE Working Team and the UKCCU for participation in ICBE and cooperation opportunities with the Papua Province West in the future.

Advanced Meeting at the British Embassy on 12 January 2018
Advanced Meeting at the British Embassy on 12 January 2018

The ICBE 2018 Working Group Meeting with the Norwegian Embassy Team held in Jakarta discussed the support of the Norwegian embassy for the implementation of ICBE 2018 and the opportunities for cooperation built for the future.

Norwegia
Pertemuan berlangsung di Jakarta tanggal 10 Januari 2018

The meeting and dinner with Commissioner of BNI West Papua discussed the commitment and support of BNI to the activities of West Papua Provincial Government, led by West Papua Governor Dominggus Mandacan. This meeting also discussed the participation of BNI in the success of ICBE 2018 in Manokwari.

BNI
Manokwari, 16 November 2017

Meeting with Delegation of Papua Province

ICBE Coordination Meeting 2018 with delegation of Papua Provincial Government on the sidelines of GCF Meeting.

Balikpapan – Kalimantan Timur
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