WWF Indonesia calls for conservation of Papua’s birds-of-paradise

New Guinea-s Bird of Paradise
APReport – By Ratri M. Siniwi in Jakarta New Guinea-s Bird of Paradise The World Wildlife Fund Indonesia has called for the conservation of birds-of-paradise – especially in Papua. Locally known as cendrawasih, the bird species is synonymous with the two island provinces but it has fallen prey to illegal trade, poaching and taxidermy. The environmental organisation believes this is mainly due...

Tanna chiefs concerned over alleged brothel story

DailyPost – By Anita Roberts Chiefs from West and South on Tanna said the news about a brothel operating on their island was only unjustified allegations. They are disappointed and want the issue be put to rest. The chiefs said they see the brothel story, which was featured on the front page of the Independent Newspaper last month as an insult to them as prominent leaders taking care of their...

Luganville, Santo: Claims Of ‘Healing’ Water

Members of the public in Luganville, Santo, are flocking day and night to a stream by the seashore that is claimed to have healing elements, although no scientific expert or medical data is available yet to back or rebut these claims. A caller from Luganville, told the Daily Post over the phone that, around 200 to 300 people; men, women, young people and children flock to the water site every day since...

West Papuan villages awarded forest permits

Hans Nicholas Jong The Jakarta Post, Sorong, Papua | Fri, March 10, 2017 | 07:57 am People of the nomadic Korowai forest tribe in Papua process the sagu palm. (Shutterstock.com/Mirek Nowaczyk) Residents of Manggroholo village and Sira village in South Sorong, West Papua province, rejoiced on Thursday as their villages were the first in Papua to have their rights to manage the island’s forests...

Indonesia prepares company to manage Freeport

News Desk, The Jakarta Post The Indonesian government is now preparing state-owned aluminum producer PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) to manage a gold and copper mining site in Papua if the government can finally take over the mining site from PT Freeport Indonesia. “We can manage [Freeport]. We have Inalum. It is up to the state-owned enterprises ministry, but we are ready,” said Maritime...

COMMENTARY: Freeport’s threat of arbitration simply a ploy to block mining reform

Vincent Lingga, The Jakarta Post PT Freeport Indonesia [FI] reserves of all its rights […] including the right to commence arbitration to enforce all provisions of the contract,” Freeport-McMoRan’s CEO Richard C. Adkerson asserted on Monday, referring to a protracted dispute with the Indonesian government. That threat is quite similar to those made by many other multinational companies (MNCs),...