Jayapura, Jubi – Papua is rich in mineral natural resources of metals that need regulatory systems based on existing regulations.
“Papua is not only rich in mining. Papua is full of metallic mineral resources,” said Papua’s mining practitioner, Hosea Asmuruf, in a discussion about Tthe Governance potential for indigenous Papuans in mining and existence of Pergub Papua No. 41 of 2011, at Center for Women’s Development and Development (P3W) office , Padang Bulan Abepura, Jayapura City, Friday (October 6).
The former Dean of the Faculty of Mining, University of Science and Technology (USTJ) of Jayapura, said the metal mineral resources need to be seriously managed by the right stakeholder. If not so, Papuans will never enjoy it.
“The Papuans should prepare themselves and begin the process of management. And it depends on local governments whether they willing to give authority to the locals or not,” he said.
Papuan mining observer, Hetkan Spel Bidana, said that the management of mining in Papua by delegating authority to the Papuan people is not difficult. The government is sufficiently referring to the main tasks and functions of the Provincial Department of Energy’s Mineral Resources, Law No. 4 of 2009 on Minerba, Law no 30 of 2007 on Energy, and Law 21 of 2001 on Special Autonomy of Papua.
“The government should do the planning, implementation, and control of the program. The government needs to make a general plan for Papua energy, form a Papuan energy council, and arrange Papuan energy entrepreneurs with local regulations.
He said, the government also needs to create a grand design of mineral resources potential in Papua and make action plan of mineral resource mapping. This map is important to become shared knowledge for further management.
After the mapping, the government needs to develop a grand design for the development of carbon energy and renewable energy (green energy), as well as action plan for management and utilization of energy so the benefits would be even clear.
Regardless the mining focus, government also needs to make grand design of conservation and utilization of water resources to avoid pollution.
Much more important than that, the government needs a grand design of development and management of mining in Papua. The people must become economic actors in the field of mining and the preparation and action plans for the development of community mining management should start now.
“First of all it needs a database of human resources of indigenous Papuans (geologists, mines, chemicals, environment, law, economists, sociologists, anthropologists) that give weight to the mine and energy management in Papua,” said the man who has a mining education background. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)