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.
Papua Partners statement on COP26 Climate Change Talks
Stories from our Partners
The Struggle of Papuan Women in Tiru and YumBy: Rode Wanimbo In Lani and Walak languages—languages spoken in the Central Highlands of West Papua, tiru means a pillar. There are four tiru (pillars) that stand firmly in the middle of the Lani roundhouse...
Fundraising Quiz Nightand Fish Supper Plus donation bar!!Bring your £'s Price:£20 per head Includes:Entrance feeFish & Chips+ £10 donation Reserve Tickets:email firstname.lastname@example.orgVenue:St Johns Chapel
Rebuilding financial capital has been a vital component in building up resilience and moving towards ending post disaster dependency. This has been key to the work of YAPELIN and Papua Partners in the second phase of the disaster response. Since the...
People are now gradually starting to lift their heads and start to think about their futures after having everything torn away from them by the flash floods. It is very hard to imagine having everything you have built up and everything that you depend on...
Yasumat have continued to expand the church and community mobilisation project, equipping local churches to transform their communities. They are now working with about 50 local churches amongst the Yali, Hupla and Kimyal tribes in the remote Yahukimo...
Over the past few years we have seen the increasing frustration from young people who feel they are not being listened to by the government or the church. They see so many problems around them and want to act but don’t know what do to effect change....
A wonderful evening with the Martineau Singers at Holy Trinity raised over £500!
Congratulations to Sally for completing the gruelling Loch Ness Etape – a 66 milecycle, with 1,000m climb, around this iconic loch and raising over £200
Congratulations to Rob Phillips, who completed the Brighton Marathon in a fantastic 3 hours 54 minutes and 47seconds and raised well over £1,000 for Papua Partners!
Many thanks to Grant for organising another fantastic Quiz Night and fish and chip supper – with excellent questions and puzzles from Malcolm! Great fun was had by all and the evening raised an amazing £3,030! Thank you so much to all who came for their...