One of the youngest provinces in Indonesia, West Papua is also one of only a few provinces in the country sustaining large tracts of primary forest, which cover up to 90 percent of the area’s territory. But West Papua is also one of the nation’s poorest provinces, a fact that has prompted the national government to commit itself to boosting economic development in the region largely through infrastructure development. It is critical that such plans are not destructive to the environment and that they recognize and protect the rights and institutions of indigenous Papuans.
Earth Innovation Institute has been working in the Indonesian province of West Papua since 2013 to foster a transition to low-emission rural development, in parallel to our broader program in Indonesia and Latin America to facilitate similar transitions. Our focus in the region is on integrating strategies and action plans to reduce deforestation and support low-emission development into government systems to ensure successful and effective implementation.
Our strategy is aimed at providing support that includes sustainable and small-scale production for a green and inclusive economy, a plan to protect and manage the environment, and the implementation of a forest management unit in forests traditionally claimed by indigenous communities.