Improper spatial planning behind forest dispute, says activist

A discussion on related forest issues attended by Papuan stakeholders. - Jubi/Arjuna Pademme.

A discussion on related forest issues attended by Papuan stakeholders. - Jubi/Arjuna Pademme.

A discussion on related forest issues attended by Papuan stakeholders. – Jubi/Arjuna Pademme.

Jayapura, Jubi – A representative of the Indigenous Peoples Coalition Emanuel Gobay said improper regional spatial planning might a factor that cause many disputes of timber and forest management in Papua.

Besides the implementation of spatial planning often differed from it should be, it was also not involving indigenous peoples in its preparation.

“As a result, it is often the indigenous lands (forests) acknowledged as the property of timber companies. We hope that in the future indigenous peoples will be involved so that they will be able to speak about their rights,” said Emanuel Gobay in the discussion on the forest issues that held in the room of Papuan Parliament on Friday (25/1/2019).

Moreover, he said that sometimes regulations could be overlapping one to another. Therefore, he urged the government to revise the existing regional regulation about spatial planning, or at least review it.

Meanwhile, regarding the spatial planning, Papuan legislator John NR Gobay said he would communicate with the Regional Development Planning Agency of Papua.

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“Well, it’s because if we talk about the spatial planning, it’s a scope of the Regional Development Planning Agency. And what becomes a problem now is there is no NSPK (norm, standard, procedure and criteria) issued yet,” said Gobai. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna pademee

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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