How can REDD+ protect the rights of West Papuans and the environment?
The Indonesian central government recently announced economic development as a national priority in West Papua. With commercial interests set to expand, there is an urgent need to implement land-use management systems that safeguard the welfare and rights of indigenous people and their natural environment in the province.
The EU REDD Facility is working together with a local NGO called INOBU to develop a jurisdictional land-use management system to define, monitor and encourage sustainable rural development. West Papua is governed autonomously, and the project presents an opportunity to develop a provincial-level performance mechanism that is based on local conditions and needs, including those of indigenous communities.