The Palm Scribe

ICBE for Sustainable Papua

Keliopas Krey, Deputy Committee of ICBE 2018 read out the result of the conference.

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.

The Palm Scribe has summarized the points as below:

1. reaffirms the commitment to mainstream sustainable development and including it in the Special Provincial Regulations in West Papua Province, revise or review Papua and West Papua Provincial Spatial Planning Process (RTRWP)

2. committed to protecting the rights and strengthening the role of indigenous peoples through the Special Provincial Legislation (Perdasus) and District Regulations that recognize the existence of indigenous peoples, their cultural values, indigenous territories and governance, and their institutions, including forest and customary territories based on local wisdom and sustainability

3. strongly committed to upholding law and regulations related to natural resources in the management of sustainable development, implementing moratoriums on new permits for large-scale plantations, mining and land-based industries, as well as reviewing issued permits by forming special work teams

4. the central government is committed to regulating sustainable funding schemes and ecological fiscal incentives, which are confirmed by legislation, to the provincial and district/city governments

5. establishing Information Commission for West Papua Province in order to increase transparency, data accountability, and information through the improvement of an integrated information system, both locally and across sectors, including the central government

6. developing Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden in Land of Papua that supports conservation efforts and collection, research, and understanding and appreciation of the biodiversity and nature and culture of Papua

7. encouraging improvement of human resource capacity

8. supporting and facilitating indigenous people to select high-economic value products to be managed with support for market access and appropriate funding or financing

9. encouraging the establishment of an independent institution for environmental dispute settlement according to the mandate of Law 21/2001 article 64, and is committed to carrying out the supervisory function of sustainable natural resources management and access to benefits by indigenous peoples, which is also the mandate of Law 23/2014 on Regional Government

10. committed to establishing land conservation areas and/or corridors, new waters in Land of Papua, essential conservation areas; managing mangrove, peat swamps, sago swamps; establishing local strategic areas; protecting genetic resources and endemic and endangered species; protecting the karst areas; as well as improving the effectiveness of the management of areas with legality in order to provide benefits for the community

11. committed to evaluating the environmental impact of infrastructure built and focusing on the development of eco-friendly infrastructure between regions

12. encouraging and facilitating the acceleration of governor regulations related to food security in the Land of Papua with the Government, DPR, MRP and Indigenous Peoples fully involved

13. encouraging global, national and local partnerships, and establishing a multi-stakeholder platform to encourage the establishment of investment/financing models that support economic growth achievement aimed at sustainable development in the Land of Papua

14. continuing cooperation that has been established between civil society, religious, traditional, and educational institutions, and other parties in sustainable development implementation.

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