The Battle to Save Indonesia’s Disappearing Forests

February 24, 2011

Zubaidah Nazeer – Straits Times Indonesia | February 23, 2011

Imagine 400 football fields of trees disappearing during the duration of a soccer match. That was the rate of deforestation in Indonesia just a few years ago, between 2000 and 2006.

After bans by European countries on imports of illegally logged timber products, the rate of destruction has halved – to about 1 million hectares a year. But this is still considered high, and urgent action is needed, say researchers, analysts and environmental activists. If nothing is done, Indonesia’s unprotected natural forests will be depleted in about 35 years, said Bustar Maitar of Greenpeace Indonesia. Read the rest of this entry »


Five Police Officers Killed in Aid Plane Crash in Papua

October 29, 2010

Farouk Arnaz & Banjir Ambarita | October 28, 2010   JAKARTA GLOBE

Jakarta. Five police officers were killed when their plane crashed on a Papuan coast after delivering relief aid to victims of the Wasior flash flood in neighboring West Papua, police said on Thursday.

The aircraft was a Polish-made Skytruck that had left Nabire, a Papua district neighboring Wasior, where it refueled on Wednesday afternoon shortly before it crashed.
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Wasior Village after being hit by flooding

October 13, 2010

An aerial view of Wasior village after being hit by flooding in Indonesia’s Papua province

Indonesia, Australia and UNICEF to improve education in Papua

July 8, 2010

“Australia is very pleased to extend our support to education in Papua and West Papua,” the Australia’s Ambassador Bill Farmer.

The Government of Indonesia, Australia and UNICEF signed a new partnership program to improve the quality of primary education in the provinces of Papua and West Papua in March 2010.

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Airlines to start flights to remote Papuan regency

April 15, 2010

Two airlines will begin flights to Boven Digoel, a remote regency in Papua bordering Papua New Guinea.

Boven Digul regent Yusak Yaluwo said Sunday that the planned service by Susi Air and Merpati Air would attract investors to the area.

Both airlines plan to ply the route after the local administration upgraded Mindiptana Airport and laid asphalt on the runway last year. Until then, the airport had a grass airstrip, with only light aircraft landing.

The administration is also upgrading Bomakia Airport, which is equally needed as the subdistrict has the highest population in the regency.

Source: Antara

Regulations ‘needed’ to back Papua autonomy

March 12, 2010

Nethy Dharma Somba — The government is being urged to immediately issue 19 government regulations to assist the implementation of special bylaws in Papua.

Sophie Maipauw, Regional Representatives’ Council (DPD) from Papua and West Papua, said the Home Ministry should prioritize the regulations to serve as guidelines in implementing the bylaws.

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Indigenous People to Accommodate Special Autonomy

March 7, 2010

Tribal leaders in Papua will accommodate special autonomy or popular as Otsus.

“The Bill 21/2001 on Otsus for Papua and West Papua provinces is a real form of recognition and respect to Papuan cultural and values. We will promote indigenous people’s rights and dignity,” Tribal Leader Ramses Ohee told the press in Jayapura recently. Read the rest of this entry »