Developing eco-friendly products in West Papua to Support Economic Growth

eco-friendly products in west papua

An eco-friendly product is a product that is designed and/or contains materials that can be recycled and reduces environmental damage or reduces environmental pollution in the entire life cycle of the product. [1]

One way is to carry out waste treatment, reduce the amount of fuel and others so that it does not harm the environment. 

This business model is very suitable for Papua, which has abundant natural wealth. For this reason, the government is currently encouraging Papuan youths to develop eco-friendly products. 

West Papua Encourages Eco-Friendly Economic Development 

Eco-friendly products can increase the economy in West Papua

To maximize the potential for natural resource richness in the region, the Provincial Government of West Papua promotes the growth of an eco-friendly economy. Charlie Heatubun, the head of the regional research and development agency for the West Papua Province, stated in Manokwari that his group is now putting together a roadmap for optimizing the use of economic resources sustainably.

According to Charlie Heatubun, this initiative offers numerous economic business development potentials in the tourism, agricultural, plantation, shipping, and maritime industries. Plans for West Papua’s eco-friendly economic development were one of the subjects of debate at the last Tropical Forest Seminar in Norway. 

Many government partners and donor organizations are prepared to offer financial support. Additionally, a number of sizable businesses are prepared to collaborate. They intend to establish a working relationship between the business and the West Papuan administration. 

There is a lot of opportunity for creating pearl-cultivating companies in a variety of West Papua Regency locations. Communities along the coast of Wondama Bay are only beginning to cultivate pearls.

Charlie thinks the local government needs to incorporate this potential into a comprehensive economic development agenda.

Charlie underlined the need for sustainable growth. They should continue to make efforts after considering the sustainability aspect.

The provincial government favors community participation in the management of natural resource potential. Along with emphasizing economic value, business sustainability must prioritize protecting the environment, including the land and other habitats.

Encouraging Papuan Youth to Develop Environmentally Friendly Businesses 

Development of eco-friendly products in West Papua

Indigenous Papuan youth in Papua and West Papua provinces are urged to create ecologically friendly companies to promote green investment projects. The Green Trade Initiative Foundation and the Kitong Bisa Foundation once collaborated to host a talk show titled “Time for Papuan Children to Do Business While Protecting the Nature of Cenderawasih Earth.” The event was place in Jayapura, Papua.

120 attendees participated in the activity with enthusiasm. They are Papuan young people who want to advance their careers in the business sector.

The Green Trade Initiative Foundation, which is assisting the provincial governments of Papua and West Papua in creating a sustainable investment plan in the Land of Papua, is holding a series of public consultations that include this one.

Environmental professionals that spoke at the event were Marco Watimena, the Papua Landscape Manager for the Green Trade Initiative Foundation, and Benja Mambai, the Director of WWF Indonesia for the Papua region.

The Presence of Young Papuan Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur of eco-friendly products in West Papua

There were also businesspeople from the Papuan youth at the event. They are here to inspire their subordinates.

One of them is Cindy Ansanay, who manufactures beauty goods using natural ingredients from Papua. Long-running advertisements for the products include those for turmeric health, nutmeg scrubs, and chocolate/cocoa scrubs.

Cindy revealed that she studied biology at Cenderawasih University and that after earning her degree, she decided to start her own business rather than seek employment in the government or the private sector.

She tested materials made from Papuan natural items when she first launched her company. She developed cosmetic items that attracted a lot of interest from the local and national markets thanks to the trials’ positive outcomes as well.

Victor Ibo, a young man from Sentani Jayapura, was also there and unveiled several health goods manufactured from virgin coconut or coconut oil.

Victor produces coconut oil-based syrup and capsules as health items. Additionally, he has begun promoting his goods outside of Papua.

Many young Papuans have worked in environmentally friendly businesses, Victor and Cindy being only two of them. They have proof that companies may be created within the parameters of green investment to advance the welfare of indigenous Papuans.

Billy Mambrasar, the Kitong Bisa CEO, encourages young Papuans to have confidence in their ability to do business. Papua has a lot of potential for natural resource development, which could lead to economic growth.

Billy is one of the team members developing the idea for green investments. There are currently public consultations on the paper in Papua and West Papua. 

So, those are some efforts to promote producing eco-friendly products in Papua to create a sustainable economy.