West Papua is again committed to making 70% of its area a conservation area. This was expressed by West Papua Governor Dominggus Madacan at the International Conference on Biodiversity, Ecotourism and Creative Economy (ICBE) 2018.
The four-day International Conference on Biodiversity, Ecotourism and Creative Economy (ICBE) event has produced fourteen points that will become the foundation for building the Papua region with the sustainability principle.
West Papua Province which declares itself as Conservation Province with Sustainable Development for Special Provincial Regulations (Perdasus) requires the support of various parties–the Central Government, Regional Governments, governments of other countries and global donor organizations.
This agreement is an important step for the two provinces with abundant natural resources and biodiversity while facing various challenges, such as the low capacity of human resources, deforestation, changes in land functions, tenurial conflicts, and so on.
Recently environmental activist organization Greenpeace has aggressively thrown accusations against private palm oil giant Wilmar and occupied its oil refinery, an action the palm oil company referred as an act of trespassing and vandalism.
The Government inaugurated the use of 20-percent biodiesel or B20 on August 31, 2018, aiming to reduce the cost of importing diesel fuel. Majority of people, however, fill their diesel-powered vehicles with diesel fuel without knowing its content.
The issuance of Presidential Instruction No. 8/2018 regarding the moratorium on permits for oil palm plantations was warmly welcomed by environmental activists, with a note that more improvements are still needed.
“NGOs are smarter in carrying out communication activities than palm oil producers,” said communication expert Ong Hock Chuan.
This cooking oil is popular because it has a high resistance to oxidation and high temperatures with a composition that is half saturated fat and the other half unsaturated fat.
Palm oil commodity can help emerging countries to achieve their SDG, a palm oil official said.