State Officials Are Hunting in the Area of Wasur National Park
Merauke, Jubi (16/1) – the Vice Chairman of the Indigenous Customary Insitution (LMA) of Merauke District, Albert Moyuen, annunciated many State Officials are allegedly hunting in the area of Wasur National Park. The hunting activity has decreased the animal populations gradually and many on the verge of extinction.
He confirmed this situation to tabloidjubi.com on Thursday (16/1) during the break of Training on the Customary Practice for the Indigenous Youth Society who lives in the area of Wasur National Park. The training was conducted in Hotel Akat, Merauke. There are four Marind tribes who are living and doing some activities in the area of Wasur National Park.
He emphasized that the local community is often doing the wild hunting and forest harvesting, but they did it solely for the economic needs. On the contrary, there are some information said that many State Officials were doing the wild hunting, and even the Military allegedly get involved because they have weapons. “People maybe use their weapons, but the armies are not directly involved in hunting activity in the area of Wasur
National Park. With the hunting action like this, the animal populations inside of national park will gradually dismissing. The condition of Wasur NP is currently undergoing destruction,” he said.
When he is asked about the role of Wasur National Park Board to empower the Marind People who are living in the national park, Moyuen admitted it was already implemented, such as the technical assistance on the production of eucalyptus oil and other activities. However, he was not certain whether the assistance was already provided for all community or not.
Separately, the Director of WWF Merauke Field Office, Paschalina Rahawarin, added that the training for the local community is very important. The purpose of the training is to educate the local community of Wasur NP to well preserve and conserve the habitat of animal populations either in national park or in the forest for avoiding the rapid extinction. (Jubi/Ans/P. Maizier)