Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies

Mitigating tensions over land conversion in Papua, Indonesia

By Mochamad Indrawan

In the south of the biodiversity-rich Indonesian province of Papua, a large agricultural program is planned for the districts around Merauke, with the ostensible aim of helping to meet Indonesia’s food requirements. Questions arise over the scheme’s compliance with national laws and sustainability policies, as well as its likely impacts on indigenous livelihoods and biodiversity. It is also contrary to the recent low-carbon development priorities of the provincial and national governments. For the initiative to be consistent with law and policy, therefore, considerably improved planning effort would be needed, taking into account many factors that have so far been ignored.

(Photo: USAID Indonesia on flickr)


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