2013 – 2018
The objective of this work is to support actions to improve land use governance, sustainable natural resource management and sustainable development in the Indonesian province of West Papua. Actions include generating a better understanding of the timber industry and associated supply chains, identifying pathways to resolve disparities between customary and statutory land tenure, and ensuring that policy instruments, regulations and monitoring systems are in place at the jurisdictional level to ensure good land use governance.
West Papua is one of Indonesia’s poorest and most densely forested provinces. Good land-use governance in West Papua has the potential to improve the welfare of millions of rural Indonesians, whilst also setting the economy, both at a provincial and national scale, on a path to higher productivity and prosperity.
The historical rate of deforestation in West Papua is low compared to that of other parts of Indonesia such as Sumatra and Kalimantan. Threats from logging, mining and oil palm development are emerging, however, and unless provincial authorities adopt land-use governance frameworks that support sustainable development the high quality forests will be highly vulnerable.
The governance framework of West Papua differs from most other Indonesian provinces in that it is based on the 2001 Special Autonomy Law, which shifts the balance of authority from the district to the province. However, many of the provisions of Special Autonomy remain to be implemented and earlier laws still apply. The resulting overlaps in local, provincial and national level responsibilities has created tensions in regulating Papua’s forests and other natural resources.
The work described here addresses disputes over land and natural resource rights, which are a key aspect of the tensions in West Papua. The approach adopted focuses on improving participation of the multiple actors involved and supports the provincial government in regularly and systematically engaging with civil society and establishing credible and transparent monitoring mechanisms.
Member of a forest-based community in West Papua, Indonesia
The project takes a phased approach to explore the opportunities for improved land-use governance. The stages are:
The above studies improved understanding of key land-use governance issues and opportunities in West Papua and fostered closer ties among the provincial and district governments, indigenous representatives and civil society. These stakeholders identified the need for improved land-use governance and in support, the EU REDD Facility is implementing two activities in partnership with INOBU:
Deforestation in West Papua, Indonesia.