The Impressive Advances in Sustainable Forestry and Agriculture in West Papua

See Sustainable Forestry and Agriculture in West Papua

Being the largest island rich in dense forests, vast land, and diverse biodiversity, West Papua must be developed towards sustainable forestry and agriculture.

One of the main focuses of the Government, regional government, and local communities currently is sustainable forestry and agriculture in West Papua. This is to optimally develop its potential while protecting natural resources and the future of the surrounding environment.

The government should consider maximizing West Papua’s rich nature and preserving it for future generations. This effort will need both the government and the locals to work hand in hand so they can achieve their target together.

The implementation of West Papua sustainable forestry and agriculture will not only preserve nature but also help the locals reach their food estate. This way, they can also improve their economy for a better life. [1]

West Papua Potentials for Sustainable Forestry and Agriculture

Potential of Sustainable Forestry and Agriculture in West Papua 

Despite West Papua’s deforestation, this province still owns the largest forest in the country. Thus, this area is the ideal place to expand the implementation of sustainable forestry and agriculture. 

According to West Papua Central Statistics Bureau (BPS), West Papua’s conservation forests cover an area of 2.6 million hectares in 2019[2]. Therefore, the government does its best to maximize the potential, including developing infrastructure to facilitate the distribution of forestry and agriculture products.

Sustainable Agriculture Implementation in West Papua

Agriculture potential in West Papua

The government is doing its best to achieve impressive sustainable agriculture in this province. Thus, they will not only be able to achieve a food estate but also produce more commodities. 

Here are some examples of those advances in West Papua sustainable agriculture:

1. Increase the Product Capacity

West Papua has great potential to produce agricultural commodities in the eastern Indonesia region due to its vast land. Thus, they increase their cropping system from merely once a year to two or three times to increase capacity significantly. 

There are about 11,000 hectares of corn plantation throughout the province, while the other 7 hectares are for food crops and horticulture cultivation[3].    

2. Optimize Agricultural Irrigation in Papua

In order to help increase agricultural commodities, the government, through its Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR), built a dam in the Wanggar River. This dam has irrigated about 3,200 hectares of agricultural area in Nabire District [4]

Wanggar is a potential agricultural area yet has not optimally received any proper irrigation system. Their products are pretty low due to their reliance on crop cultivation irrigation in the rainy season. Thus, the Wanggar Dam is a huge benefit for this area.

Implementation of  Sustainable Forestry in West Papua

The Potential of Sustainable Forestry in West Papua

Here are things that both local and central governments should do to develop sustainable forestry in West Papua province:

1. Encouraging Non-deforestation Commodities

This effort is not only helping the region to reach sustainable forestry but also supporting low-emission development. Examples of non-deforestation commodities are cattle, palm oil, coffee, cocoa, and many more. [5].

  1. Transforming the timber management policy into Landscaped-based Forest Management

This transformation will help achieve sustainable forestry and integrate the economic, ecological, and social aspects.[6]

The Takeaway

Developing sustainable forestry and agriculture in West Papua is important due to its potential resources. In fact, this will also benefit the locals as a means to increase their economy.

However, we must include the indigenous in the preservation process for sustainable West Papua forestry and agriculture. This is because they have their own traditional ways to maximize the forest while keeping it for the next generation. 

This way, sustainable forestry, and agriculture will thrive and benefit the locals and wider community.