On the Environment
One of the last untouched corners of the planet
The Land of West Papua is home to the third-largest tropical forest area in the world and stands as one of the last remaining resources we have for tackling climate change.
One of the most biodiverse regions on earth, it holds the world’s largest mangrove forest and significant peatlands. These habitats hold four times the amount of carbon that an average terrestrial forest does.
Despite this, West Papua has become a hotspot for extractive industries, fuelled by weak governance, and a lack of enforcement measures by the Indonesian government. Large areas of West Papua have already been converted for logging and palm oil interests, encroaching and appropriating land owned by indigenous communities that have lived in relative harmony with the region’s forests for thousands of years. Often local people are paid a pittance for their land and lose their homes, their means of growing food and their livelihoods. Watch this short documentary from the BBC to see how one Oil Palm Company certified by the FSC has caused devastation to the future of local people.
Mining, logging and oil palm interests fuel social and political conflict and unrest, which has led to increased militarisation of many areas of Papua where there are mineral resources and areas for potential plantations.
Papua Partners works with environmental activists and local community-based organisations to support communities displaced by land-based conflict, and natural disasters. This includes people affected by resource extraction and conflict. We work with organisations to enhance knowledge, skills and organising to protect rich local natural environments, through sustainable livelihoods, natural resource management and effective community development. Indigenous communities are supported to develop livelihoods that protect, rather than deplete, local environments.
Stories from our Partners
We are excited to partner with SOS from the Kids, Phuyakluh Voices and Alyakha Art Centre in a new music video to call for healing of the natural world ahead of COP26 to be hosted in the UK.Alyakha Art Centre work though art and music to raise awareness...
The beaches around the capital Jayapura and on the coast of Papua are often covered in plastic and other rubbish which has washed in from the sea, from the rivers, or left by visitors. Yohanna Barransano, environmental activist and Director of IWaTaLi Papua, started a...
The steep central mountains of Papua are covered in tropical montane forest hosting a wild diversity of flora and fauna. They are also home to many indigenous Papuan communities who depend on their sweet potato gardens and the forest for survival. ...