The Impact of the Timber and Palm Industry Is Revealed Through 4 Papuan NGO Films

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JAKARTA, 28 NOVEMBER 2007: The launching of this unique film compilation illustrates the impact of the presence of timber and palm oil companies in Papua, as well as showing increased efforts and participation of civil society in making decisions related to their forest use.

This compilation of 4 (four) films was launched in connection with the large agenda of the consolidation of Papuan civil society with the theme “Save People and Forests of Papua”. The whole process of making this film was carried out by Papuan NGOs and in collaboration with local communities who felt the impact of the presence of the timber and palm industry.

Papua, the owner of the largest forest in the Asia Pacific region, is one of the most diverse places of indigenous peoples in the world and who still depend on the forest. However, this relationship between the community and the forest faces threats due to over-exploitation of the forest and plans for millions of hectares for oil palm plantations.

Films made in Sorong, Arfak, Bintuni, and Mappi show how the presence of timber companies, oil palm plantations, and gaharu businesses results in horizontal conflicts, environmental damage, communities losing customary rights and livelihoods. In some places even there is intimidation and fraud against the community.

Ronny Dimara, Chairperson of the Triton Sorong Association said, “The Malamoi indigenous community urges the government to stop logging and oil palm plantations which exploit and damage their customary lands. The films we make with the support of our partners are dedicated as their voice channel. “

“The cases in Arfak and Bintuni show a model of the forestry industry and state-owned oil palm plantations that have major social, financial and environmental problems in Papua,” added Sena Aji Bagus from Mnukwar Productions Manokwari.

Going forward, the network of civil society groups involved in making this film will use this film to encourage public consultation mechanisms in the process of public policy making in Papua’s forestry sector. In addition, this collaboration and film will also be used to encourage the opening of access to information in the forestry sector in Papua in particular, and Indonesia in general.

These four short films made over the past three months not only describe the various problems that have occurred in Papua, but also show how community groups involve themselves in the process of resolving these problems. Father Decky Ogi, MSC, Director of SKP-KAM said, “To solve problems such as deforestation and HIV / AIDS that are closely related to the agarwood business in Mappi, we have done advocacy that encourages democratic policies and at the same time invites the government and the parties to sit together “

This film compilation was released in connection with the agenda of the world conference on climate change in Bali in December 2007 which one of the important agenda was avoiding deforestation. The relevance of this film to the agenda is very clear: local communities in Papua have suffered from deforestation (due to exploitation), whereas they should have played an important role in avoiding further deforestation (and suffering).

Contact Person

  • Timer Manurung, Telapak, Tel: +62 811 125 006 / Fax: +62 (0) 21 8310570 e-mail: timer.manurung@gmail.com
  • Jago Wadley, EIA, Tel: +62 (0) 813 866 21940 / Fax: +62 (0) 21 8310570 e-mail: jagowadley@eia-international.org
  • Sena Aji, Mnukwar Productions, e-mail : sena_papua@yahoo.co.id
  • Pastor Decky Ogi MSC, SKP-Merauke, T/F : +62 (0) 971 321332 / 326614 e-mail : skp_kam@yahoo.com
  • Ronny Dimara, Triton Sorong, T/F +62 (0) 951 335081 email: triton@telkom.net

CATATAN EDITOR

  1. Nasib Negeriku. Talking about forest exploitation in Bintuni Bay, West Papua Province which actually presents intimidation, forest destruction, to the loss of people’s income sources. Made by Mnukwar Productions-Manokwari.
  2. Gaharu: Disaster or Grace? Tells about a multidimensional problem among the indigenous communities of Auwyu and Wiyagar in Mappi Regency, due to aloes business. Made by SKP-KAM Merauke.
  3. Berdiri Menjaga Batas. Disruption of the patterns and culture of indigenous peoples’ lives in the Prafi Plain and Arfak Mountains due to the presence of a state-owned oil palm company. Made by Mnukwar Productions-Manokwari.
  4. Airmata Ibu Suku Malamooi. Threats to the lands and livelihoods of the Malamoi indigenous people due to the actions of timber companies and oil palm plantations. Made by the Triton-Sorong Association.

For more information on “Save the People and Papua’s Forests”, contact:

  • Septer Manufandu, di Foker LSM Papua Jl. Sentani Raya No.89, Waena, Jayapura-Papua. Telp : +62(0) 967-573511, Fax : +62 (0) 967-573512: HP 08124876321 E-mail : septer_manufandu@yahoo.com

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