Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua Province is committed to achieving sustainable development to protect the biodiversity of the area.
As a first step towards realizing a sustainable development commitment a workshop entitled the realization of sustainable development of Raja Ampat district by the local government, the West Papua Center for Natural Resources Conservation (BBKSDA), and Fauna Flora International Indonesia Program on 5-6 March 2019.
DPR Otsus Faction Members of West Papua, Abraham Goram Gaman in Sorong on Wednesday said the existence of Raja Ampat with a variety of biodiversity caused the development that took place in the area with control so that natural resources would remain sustainable.
He said, the mandate of law number 21 of 2001 concerning special autonomy for the provinces of Papua and West Papua was carried out by referring to the principles of sustainable development, environmental preservation, benefits, and justice by taking into account regional spatial plans.
“Construction of facilities and infrastructure also triggers economic growth for the community, but nature must also be maintained so that it remains sustainable,” he said.
The Deputy Chairperson of Commission A of the Raja Ampat Sem Sawiyai Regency DPRD, which gave a separate statement, stated that the role of the DPRD in realizing sustainable development in Raja Ampat Regency was based on legislation, budgeting and supervision.
Monitoring function as a tool for coordination of all stakeholders, guiding direction, minimizing uncertainty, resource inefficiency, and standard setting as well as quality control.
Sustainable development is one of the plans for change towards better conditions for the people. This is to improve living standards, creating various conditions that allow the growth of self-confidence to improve the quality of life.
“Good development must empower the community, increase the income and welfare of the local community while maintaining the preservation of natural resources to benefit the present and future generations,” he said.
While the Chairman of the Indigenous Tribe Council of Raja Ampat Kristian Thebu, said the philosophy of the indigenous Papuan people towards natural resources is to view land as a sea mama as a father, and the coast as a child so that land, sea and coastal areas are a connectivity that needs to be protected wisely and wisely.
It is said, currently there is a lot of damage in Raja Ampat. Just say the law has not been maximized regarding the rules on how to protect forests. There are still many overfishing which could result in fish species being threatened.
“There are still permits for open mining operations to permit forest concessions. There are village communities and outsiders who do not understand that protected areas need to be protected,” he said.
Therefore, he said, balancing the development and conservation of Raja Ampat, recommendations were made with the DPR West Papua Otsus Faction, Raja Ampat Regency DPRD, Head of Raja Ampat Regional Development Planning Agency, Tourism Office, West Papua Natural Resources Conservation Center, Chairperson Customary Maya, and Fauna Flora International Indonesia Program results of the workshop to be used to realize sustainable development.
“Two recommendations include the conversion of the area to support indigenous community-based sustainable development, and the proposed National Park can be used for the development of community-based tourism,” he added.