Promoting Eco-Tourism in West Papua: Sustainable to Mass Tourism

West Papua

Ecotourism activities West Papua are currently growing. This is no longer exploiting nature but conserving nature and empowering communities.

This activity is also carried out in West Papua, which promotes tourism through ecotourism.

West Papua Eco-Tourism Attractions

Many objects and tourist attractions, such as nature, attract visitors’ attention to West Papua. One of them in the Auri Islands Cluster is a cluster of islands with various potentials.

1. Matas Island

Matas Island is a small island surround by white sand along the coast with a beautiful underwater panorama.

Its ecotourism potential is the coral reef ecosystem. In addition, natural panoramas such as long white sand beaches.

The condition of the coral reefs on this island is very good and diverse. Especially when combined with the diversity of fish species, the seabed scenery will be even more beautiful.

Around the waters of Matas Island, there are also dolphin attractions.

2. Rouw Island

Rouw Island is also one of the islands in the Auri Islands, which has white sand surrounding the island. The uniqueness of Rouw Island is that we can observe a lot of flora and fauna diversity.

In addition, there is a fighter plane wreckage from World War II. The plane fell to a depth of 2 meters. On the mainland, many flora and fauna exist, such as cuscuses, birds and others.

3. Iweri Island

Iweri Island is a small island dominated by coastal cypress vegetation and has beautiful coral reefs.

The underwater panorama’s beauty is fill with diverse coral reefs and fish species. In addition, this island is also a nesting habitat for carp birds.

4. Mokwam West Papua

This area is one of the ecotourism objects manage by the government. Mokwam Area ecotourism is located at an altitude of 1,600 m above sea level (above sea level) and includes three villages,

Namely Syoubri Village, Mokwam Village and Kwau Village.

All three are located in Warmare District. These three villages have a variety of endemic flora and fauna and plants that can be mixe into herbal medicines by the indigenous Arfak people.

5. Sasi (Local Wisdom) West Papua

One of the customs in Papua and Maluku is Sasi, which is an activity to prohibit taking certain natural resources. This custom is also a conservation effort to maintain the quality and population of biological resources.

Sasi is a customary law and not a tradition mandatory in every region. However, in the Roon district of Wondama Bay, Sasi has been known since ancient times and is still enforced today.

This law applies so that no one catches fish using bombs or prohibited tools.

Along with the progress and changes in people’s lives, Sasi is now not just local Wisdom.

Sasi has become a means to fulfil the economic needs of residents and a target for parties who want to find an easy way to get marine products.

Development and Promotion of Ecotourism Potential

Developing ecotourism areas, an ecotourism development strategy is need basing on community participation.

Foreign language education activities are needed for local communities to prepare for the needs that support tourism.

Language training can later be use to direct local communities to reduce dependence on living through natural products. The community becomes more skill and has other alternatives to life.

Furthermore, widespread socialization is need in communities throughout the ecotourism area about the importance of community participation.

Thus, the community must begin to prepare human resources that support the natural resources of ecotourism potential.

Involving indigenous West Papua in ecotourism is very important. We can ask local people to cook.

They are accustom to hunting, gardening, and finding restorative materials in the forest. In addition, they can also become tour guides who introduce local Wisdom to visitors.

Young people can also play a role in developing ecotourism in West Papua. With the development of technology, entrepreneurial willingness,

And awareness of protecting the environment, young people can play a role in digital media.