Indonesian Politician from West Papua: Drs. Dominggus Mandacan


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Drs. Dominggus Mandacan was born on December 16, 1959, in Manokwari. He is an Indonesian politician from West Papua. He has had a career in politics since 2000. He has served as the chief of the Manokwari regency from 2000 to 2010. In 2018, he became the chief of the NASDEM party of the region. And since 2017, he has served as West Papua governor.

Drs. Dominggus Mandacan was the son of the leader of the Arfak tribe, Lodewijk Mandatjan. The tribe is located in the Arfak mountains in Manokwari. It is famous for its heritage igya ser hanjob, which is inherited from generation to generation. UNESCO declares it as a world heritage. His father, Lodewijk Mandatjan was famous and became the early figure of Indonesian nationalists. The local hospital of Bhayangkara in the region was also named after his father. 

What Drs. Dominggus Mandacan Is Known For


There are some achievements and innovations throughout his career in politics.

  1. He Encourages the Youth Of West Papua To Get Involved In Indonesian Socio-Politics

First, he encourages the locals and societies of West Papua to get involved in Indonesian socio-politics. He talked about national programs to include the youth of native Papuans to participate in Indonesian politics in managing their own region. Through the program, which aims to include more native Papuan youth (Program Otonomi Khusus Putra dan Putri Asli Papua), the government has added around 1000 native Papuan youth to join the Indonesian army. 

Thus, it helps to reduce the number of poverty and jobless problems in the region. The Indonesian government hopes to establish the development of Tanah Papua through this program by including the native Papuans to join the Indonesian military army. 

  1. He Cares About The Sustainability Of The Tanah Papua’s Environment

As a region, Tanah Papua of Indonesia is one of the richest in diversity in the world. It is gifted with beautiful nature and magnificent sights. Thus protection and environmental sustainability are needed for this region. Moreover, this region is located in the world coral triangle, which means this region has most of the hard coral species of the world. 

There are around 75% of species of the world’s hard coral found in the region, with more than 1000 species of fish and 700 species of mollusk. This causes the world green organization to actively participate in the conservation of the region. In 2019, the region will have 4,6 billion hectares of Marine Protected Area. 

Drs. Dominggus Mandacan cares about the sustainability of Tanah Papua’s environment. He worked hard to establish official regulations that promote the sustainability of Papua’s environment. Because of this, he received an international award as a global conservation hero from a non-profit organization in Los Angeles. 

He successfully established a regulation that provides protection and sustainability for the 70 percent forest region of Tanah Papua, which was later called the Manokwari Declaration. The Manokwari declaration talks about Tanah Papua as the “Land of Peace, Sustainability, and Dignity.” and it was included in the 2018 International Conference on Biodiversity, Ecotourism, and Creative Economy (ICBE) (EcoNusa, 2018). 

He has also worked to establish other regulations that are related to the sustainability of the environment, such as the region map planning review (review Rencana Tata Ruang Wilayah / RTRW), the establishment of a region-building review (review Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah Daerah / RPJMD), the conservation for the protected land, the mapping of green and blue economic development. In this way, governor Dominggus hopes to establish Tanah Papua to be a conservation province that has sustainable development. 

Moreover, through the establishment of “green investigation” regulation, the government makes regulations that focus on Tanah Papua sustainability for the company that wants to invest in the region. The company should follow the rules and regulations that promote the sustainability of the environment and improve the local’s human resources if they invest in Tanah Papua. In this way, the company that does business in the region will not damage or give disadvantage to the local environment or human resources. 


Drs. Dominggus Mandacan has served as a governor of West Papua since 2017. He is an Indonesian politician from West Papua, and he has had a political career since 2000. He was the son of a famous leader of the local tribe, Lodewijk Mandatjan. His concern about environmental sustainability and his encouragement for native Papuans to join Indonesian politics is what he is known for. The international non-profit organization rewards him as a global conservation hero because he successfully establishes a regulation that aims to provide global conservation for the Tanah Papua region. 

This regulation asks the companies to run an eco-friendly business which will stop them from causing damage or threat to the environment and the locals. In addition, he also provided an opportunity for native Papuans to be included in the Indonesian army in managing their own region. In this way, Tanah Papua can decrease the number of poverty and provide more jobs for native Papuans’ youth. 



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