Things You Need to Know about Central Papua

Central Papua

The government officially divided Papua into three provinces. They are Central Papua, Papua Pegunungan, and South Papua.

After the House of Representatives passed the three draft Papua laws on June 30, 2022. President Joko Widodo then ratified the three provinces’ new autonomous regions bills on July 25, 2022.

This expansion aims to make the province experience rapid progress in bureaucracy, licensing, and other administrative processes. That way, the wheels of government will run faster.

Central Papua in Brief

There are eight districts in Central Papua: Intan Jaya, Deiyai Regency, Nabire, Puncak Jaya, Paniai, Mimika, Puncak, and Dogiyai.

The Central Papua region’s boundaries are as follows:

  • Waropen Regency, Mamberamo Raya Regency, and Cenderawasih Bay are the border of Central Papua on the north.
  • The districts of Lanny Jaya, Nduga, Tolikara, and Asmat border Central Papua on the east.
  • Central Papua is bounded to the south by the Aur Sea, while West Papua Province is bounded to the west by Kaimana Regency and Teluk Wondama Regency.

The City of Nabire in Nabire Regency serves as the capital of Central Papua Province. Mee Pago is its traditional name.

Tribe’s Livelihood in Central Papua

Mee makes up the majority of the tribes in Central Papua Province. Meanwhile, Damal, Dani, Moni, and Nduga are members of ethnic minorities that reside in the Mee Pago region.

The Mee people are distinguished by their proximity to Lakes Paniai, Tage, Tigi, Valley Kamu (now Dogiyai), and the Mapiha/Mapisa Mountains.

Farming and animal husbandry are the Mee Tribe’s primary sources of income. However, they also engage in other activities like trade and fishing.

Numerous superior products can be found in the Mee Pago region. Coffee and sweet potatoes are known to be produced better in Dogiyai and Paniai Regencies.

Oranges, pig farming, and rice are Nabire Regency’s primary commodities. Intan Jaya Regency sees the development of the gaharu commodity. In the meantime, Mimika Regency was designated as a development area for copper and coal mining.

The Jayawijaya Mountains are located in the center of Central Papua. There, tribes like the Mee, Moni, and Amungme still live their traditional lives.

Meanwhile, the Kamoro people live in the Mimika Regency, which is in the southern part of Central Papua.

Tourism in Central Papua

Tourism in Central Papua

Cenderawasih Bay National Park is a marine national park located on the border of West Papua and Central Papua, precisely in Nabire.

This tourist spot has high natural wealth and is still beautiful, in the form of blue seas with small white sandy islands and coral reefs with diverse marine life.

In addition, visitors can also dive with whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) which can be found in Kwatisore.

Jayawijaya Mountains: The Jayawijaya Mountains have a peak that is the highest in Indonesia and Oceania. This highest mountain is called Puncak Jaya, Carstensz Pyramid, or Nemangkawi, and has a height of 4,884 m.

Puncak Jaya is included in the Seven Peaks as the highest mountain in Oceania. The Seven Summits are the highest mountains of the seven continents recorded by the legendary climber Reinhold Messner.

Climbing the seven peaks is the dream of mountain climbers around the world. Puncak Jaya is covered with eternal snow that threatened to melt due to climate change.

Kali Kruya is a river near Trans-Papua Road that connects Mimika and Deiyai Regencies. In Kali Kyura there is also a waterfall located approximately 75.86 km from Timika City.

That is all about Central Papua Province. Hopefully, this article is helpful for you.