Raja Ampat Regency of West Papua Province proposes the construction of a national park that can be utilized for community-based tourism development in local districts, said Chairman of the Indigenous Tribe Council of Raja Ampat Kristian Thebu.
“Two recommendations include the conversion of the area to support indigenous community-based sustainable development and the proposal of the National Park to be used for community-based tourism development,” he said in Sorong on Wednesday.
The proposal was related to the initial steps towards realizing a sustainable development commitment after the workshop entitled realizing sustainable development of Raja Ampat district by the regional government, West Papua’s Center for Natural Resources Conservation (BBKSDA), andFauna Flora International Indonesia Program on 5-6 March 2019.
He said, the philosophy of indigenous Papuans towards natural resources is to view land as mama and the sea as fathers, and the coast as children so that land, sea and coastal areas are a connectivity that needs to be protected , preserved and managed wisely and wisely.
He said, currently there is a lot of damage in Raja Ampat, due to the lack of maximum law governing the rules on how to protect forests as well as the many overfishing that could result in threatened fish species.
“There are still permits for open mining operations to permit forest concessions. There are also village communities and outsiders who do not understand that protected areas need to be protected,” he said.
Meanwhile, member of the West Papua Otsus Faction, Abraham Goram Gaman, said the existence of Raja Ampat with a variety of biodiversity made development in the area well preserved so that natural resources would remain sustainable.
Raja Ampat Regency is committed to achieving sustainable development to protect the biodiversity that the area has, he said.
He said, the mandate of law number 21 of 2001 concerning special autonomy for the provinces of Papua and West Papua, namely development carried out by referring to the principles of sustainable development, environmental preservation, benefits, and justice by paying attention to regional spatial plans.
“The construction of facilities and infrastructure triggers economic growth for the community, but nature must also be maintained to remain sustainable,” he said.
While Deputy Chairperson of Raja Ampat Regency DPRD Commission A Sem Sawiyai said that 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.