Land Reform in Papua is Always Contextual Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/Deputy Head of the National Land Agency (ATR/BPN) Surya Tjandra said that “A Right Balance” approach is needed in developing the Provinces of Papua and West Papua.

Surya explained that this approach does not only pay attention to conservation, the environment, and biodiversity, but also the human factor. For example, knowing the social, cultural, and economic aspects of the people in the region. Therefore, Land Reform in Tanah Papua needs to consider the context starting from the social and spatial mapping of traditional areas.

 So far, the Ministry of ATR/BPN through the Papua Province Regional Office (Kanwil) has entered into a cooperation agreement with the regent in the region. This collaboration aims to create an overlay between the findings of civil society mapping the traditional areas and what is the task of the Ministry of ATR/BPN in registering all sectors of land.

Meanwhile, Country Representative of The Asia Foundation (TAF) Indonesia, Sandra Hamid said, a balanced development strategy for Papua is also contained in the Manokwari Declaration entitled “Land of Papua is Peaceful, Sustainable, Continuity and Dignified”.

This declaration was agreed by the Provincial Governments (Pemprov) of Papua and West Papua on October 7, 2018. She ensured that TAF together with the Civil Society Organization (CSO) through the Finding The Balance (FTB) program also provided support to achieve the commitment.

Contributions through the FTB program include the paying attention to the balance between improving the local economy, the sustainability of the ecological functions of natural resources, and the participation of women’s and men’s groups.

Then, the development of the socio-cultural life of the indigenous and immigrant communities, the empowerment of the people’s economy through small and medium-scale enterprises and land-based extractive industries, as well as the active involvement of young groups in the entire development process.

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