A jurisdictional approach for the sustainable and equitable production of commodities
The province of West Papua in Indonesia is one of the poorest yet most highly forested in Indonesia. Indigenous Papuans are the majority of the poor with many of their rights to resources not recognised formally in Indonesian law. Is there a way that poverty in West Papua can be alleviated in a way that recognises the rights of indigenous Papuans while preserving the natural environment? The European Forest Institute (EFI), in conjunction with Yayasan Penelitian Inovasi Bumi (INOBU), an affiliate of Earth Innovation Institute (EII), have been working together since 2013 to find a solution to this challenge. They have sought to trial an innovative, new approach for sustainable development at the level of jurisdictions. The goal of the work is to ensure that there are policy instruments, regulations and monitoring systems in place at the level of jurisdictions to ensure that commodities are produced sustainably, equitably, and in a way that the rights of recognises and respects the rights of indigenous Papuans.