Papua is Great, the Spatial Planning is Arranged and Sustainable – Papua has just successfully held the XX PON “Torang Bisa” and the XVI Peparnas “Sehati Achieving Goals, Creating Achievements”. Papua is Great. The meaning of the slogans of the two events has a special effect on the people of Papua, namely giving confidence that Papuans can excel. When the athletes, officials and invitees from outside Papua arrived in Jayapura, they were amazed by the natural and cultural treats of Papua.

The little paradise that fell to earth is not just a sweetener on the lips but is real to see, they clicked in awe. All of this cannot be separated from the role of indigenous children, as well as the cooperation of the central and provincial governments as a manifestation of the series of major events followed by the development of international standard infrastructure, with the echo of “Torang Bisa! Torang Mampu Jika Torang Bekerjsama”.!” (People be able! People be able if people cooperate”.

The exotic nature of Papua cannot be separated from the vast forest area it has. Papua with an area of ​​about 31.52 million ha is dominated by forest areas and is spread over 600 islands and has a population of approximately 4.3 million people (Papua in 2021 figures, BPS).

The abundant natural resources (SDA) need to be managed properly in accordance with the spatial use plan, so that they can contribute to realizing the Papua 2100 vision, namely the happiness and quality of life of all Papuan people at the highest level in a fair and equitable manner.

Taking into account the natural conditions of Papua, both land, water, and air that are still sustainable and maintained and their quality is increasing, all basic needs (food, clothing, house and energy) are obtained by utilizing local natural resources that are actively managed, using eco-friendly technology in a sustainable manner, and the Papuan people are able to develop and maintain patterns, systems of communal ownership, which enable communities to share and manage existing resources in a harmonious and peaceful manner.

Through the Papua regional spatial plan (RTRW), it will create a safe and comfortable, productive and sustainable regional space within a harmonious management framework between the natural environment and the artificial environment. The question is how can this be realized?

With the existence of Law Number 2 of 2021 concerning the Second Amendment to Law Number 2 of 2001 concerning Special Autonomy for the Papua Province, the Central Government has given authority to the Papua Province Government to regulate the RTRW, which takes into account environmental conservation, pays attention to the rights of indigenous peoples as much as possible for the welfare of the population, which has been confirmed in the Regional Regulation Number 6 of 2008 concerning Environmental Conservation and also in the Perdasus Number 21 of 2008 concerning Sustainable Forest Management.

Currently, the Papua Province is revising the 2013-2033 RTRW. The aim is to achieve integrated and harmonious development in the Papua Province region, to ensure the realization of quality Papuan regional space, to ensure the realization of the sustainability of forests and other natural resources, to ensure a space that respects the indigenous Papuan people and customary territory.

To achieve this goal, the process of revising the RTRW for Papua is carried out in an inclusive and participatory manner, involving all interested parties, especially ensuring the involvement of indigenous Papuan groups in preparing the RTRW that they aspire to together. Through an inclusive and participatory process, the process of preparing the RTRW is transparent for all parties, so that ultimately it is hoped that an RTRW can be produced that is accountable and accepted by all stakeholders.

This is what is meant by “Great Papua” in the context of spatial planning, namely the preparation of an inclusive, participatory, transparent and accountable RTRW, as well as the production of an RTRW that guarantees the integrity and harmony of quality space, as well as ensures the sustainability of natural resources and respect for customary areas belonging to indigenous peoples. Papuans.

With a sustainable RTRW component, ensuring the sustainability of forests and other natural resources, mitigating hazards and disaster risks, considering strategic environmental studies (KLHS) as the basis for community management and use of space and sustainable investment, as well as integrating customary areas as living spaces. Papuan indigenous peoples go into the RTRW Papua as a province with special autonomy and the characteristics of its indigenous peoples.

With a sustainable Papua RTRW, this will become a strong foundation for regulating, controlling, and designing mitigation, adaptation, and anticipation efforts, due to the activities of using space by the community and the business world, as well as a strong foundation for economic development and the welfare of the Papuan people.

The great Papua is us, with the RTRW as the commander in development planning, will provide the basis for sustainable economic development, while preserving the environment and natural resources and maintaining the forest, so that our children and grandchildren can continue to enjoy the little paradise that fell to earth. Papua is great, the spatial planning is arranged and sustainable.

Author: Edison Howay (Head of Regional Planning and Development of Bappeda Papua Province)

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