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MOI TRIBE | Efforts to Get Recognition of Customary Territories

It is important to determine the customary forest in the Malaumkarta Raya area so that the forest ecosystem on which the indigenous Moi tribe depends on their livelihood does not turn into rows of oil palm land.

Although Regional Regulation No. 10/2017 concerning the Recognition and Protection of the Moi Customary Law Community in Sorong Regency has been published, the struggle for the Moi Customary Law Community to get recognition of their customary territories and rights is still ongoing.


The land of Papua and the Maluku Islands is the home of cenderawasih. The bird of paradise, cenderawasih is not only part of the chain of life in the rainforests of the Papua and Maluku Islands, but also a symbol of tradition, philosophy of life, and cultural identity rooted in the lives of indigenous peoples. Unfortunately, cenderawasih is facing a real threat. These paradise birds continue to be missing their homes, tropical rainforests in the paradise lands of Papua and Maluku. Deforestation, expansion of large-scale plantations, mining, and land clearing wrapped in uncivilized greed threaten cenderawasih and the entire natural ecosystem that is the main support for the livelihoods of indigenous peoples and the support of the world's climate.


Letter from East

Founded three years ago, EcoNusa has made various endeavors to attain community sovereignty vision for equitable and sustainable natural resources management. EcoNusa continues stepping forward and trying to be relevant to the communities in Tanah Papua and Maluku Island amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.


In 2021, EcoNusa will dedicate its spirits and attention to local community development. School of Eco Involvement program will be held in 5 regions in Tanah Papua and Maluku Island. It is done in collaboration with some partners for local initiative development.

Keeping Hope, Caring for Sago

To the community in Tanah Papua, sago forests are like a mother who suffices the needs for life. At least, sago forests have four benefits to the life of Papuan peoples as they are the sources of clothing, dwelling, food and ecosystem. Young peoples in Yoboi Village, Sentani District in Jayapura Regency, initiated Sago Worm Festival as part of the sago conservation campaign at Yoboi Village end of 2020.


Jan Jap L, Ormuseray, Papua Province’s Forestry and Environment Office Head, said, “Sago is one of plants that contributes and absorbs water. For the reason, sago forests should be conserved to stabilize water,” over the sidelines of Sago Worm Festival at Yoboi Village.

Women Forest: Conserving Tradition, Nurturing Mangrove in Enggros

With a so-called ‘Tonotwiyat’ tradition, women at Enggros Village have conserved mangrove for years as the forest for women. The ‘Tonotwiyat’ tradition has made a strong bond between Enggros women and mangrove.

EcoNusa Maluku Expedition 2020

27 days sailing, covering 2000 kilometers, EcoNusa had the opportunity to visit 25 areas along the spice route, from Sorong, Ternate, Ambon to Neira.


Keep up with our journey from 22 October to 18 November 2020 through the EcoNusa social media account.


Hopefully the activities carried out can continue to run smoothly!



Twilight At Kaimana

The beauty of the twilight rays of Kaimana is the main attraction for tourists. Accompanied by fresh processed fishery resources, Kaimana is on the list of places that must be visited in Papua.

Artist: ALFIAN
Title: "Dusk In Kaimana"
Album: Sweet Memories Vol. 2
Prod. : 2017 (Re-released)



Threats in the Land of Papua

Forests in Tanah Papua play a significant role in global surveillance efforts. With a forest area of 33.6 million hectares, the forests of Tanah Papua store 6.3 gigatonnes of carbon. Without sustainable development planning, forest destruction in Tanah Papua cannot be avoided. Its impact will be felt throughout the world.



Potential of the Sea in the Land of Papua

The community and marine tourism visitors have an important role to play in maintaining the sustainability of the habitat and fishery resources in the Land of Papua. By applying the principles of ecotourism, tourists are required to be responsible for any tourism activities that occur.



Bidadari Halmahera | Bird of Paradise from the Maluku Islands

Eastern Indonesia is a storehouse for world endemic animals. Not only on the island, but also in the Maluku Islands. The halmahera angel bird (Senioptera wallaci) is one of the endemic animals of the Maluku Islands whose beauty catches the eye of anyone who sees it.


This bird of paradise, which is still related to birds of paradise, is a resident of Halmahera Island, Bacan Island and Kasiruta Island.


Its status which is now threatened with extinction requires the contribution of all of us to continue to preserve the forest and the endemic animals that live in it.



Indigenous People who Guard the Forest in the Middle of a Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has not only had a major impact on the lives of urban communities. However, also indigenous people who live around the forest.

The communal lifestyle of indigenous peoples and interdependence makes it difficult for them to maintain distance. Difficult access to health facilities increases the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

In fact, indigenous peoples are at the forefront of protecting Indonesia's forests.

Let us together contribute to protecting Indonesia's forests and the indigenous people who protect them!



Forests in the Land of Papua and the Maluku Islands | Like a living mother

Communities living near forests in Tanah Papua and the Maluku Islands depend on forest products. For them, the forest is a mother who gives life. Make ends meet and provide everything needed.


Unfortunately, the destruction of the forest which is getting more and more unsettling also threatens their livelihood.


We need to contribute together to protect the forests in Papua Land and the Maluku Islands, which are the last strongholds of Indonesian forests.



Papua Forest | The Last Fortress of Indonesia's Forests

Papuan Forests, The Last Bastion of Indonesian Forests. Storehouse of Flora and Fauna Endemic to the World


After the forests on the islands of Sumatra and the islands of Kalimantan continued to shrink, the forests on the island of Papua became the last bastion of Indonesian forests because of their forest cover and high biodiversity.

The area of forest cover in Tanah Papua, covering 33.64 million hectares, stores a carbon reserve of 5.55 Giga TonneC which contributes to the balance of the world climate. Tanah Papua has mangrove forests, lowland forests, and alpine meadows.

Tanah Papua has 125 types of memalia (55 percent endemic), 223 species of reptiles (35 percent endemic), and 602 species of birds (52 percent endemic). Based on the results of research in the journal Nature in August 2020, Tanah Papua has the highest flora biodiversity in the world, namely 16% of the world's plant diversity. 9,000 of the 13,000 species that grow in Papua's forests are endemic or found nowhere else.
That research also shifted Madagascar, which was previously in first place.


Apa Kata Dorang

How much do we know our brothers in Papua? This simple question is relatively difficult to answer. Sometimes it makes our eyebrows closer to each other. Like other regions in Indonesia, the diversity of ethnic groups and cultures in the Land of Papua and its natural wealth is very interesting to know. As the wise man said, do not know then do not love. Once you know it, it's hard to forget.


Konser Hutan Merdeka #BERADATJAGAHUTAN [ Full HD ]

Music is a universal language capable of conveying various messages on life, including messages on environmental issues.

Saturday, 29 August 2020 at 17.00 WIB | 18.00 WITA | 19.00 WIT, on Youtube EcoNusa TV which coincides with Indonesia's 75th Independence Day, the EcoNusa Foundation presents the #BeradatJagaHutan Free Forest Concert. Together with a series of Indonesian musicians, we invite all people, especially the younger generation, to care about Indonesia's forests and the indigenous people who live around them through the songs they will perform.

Featuring musical performances from SLANK, Barasuara, Nowela, Hindia, Iwa K, Ipang, Michael Jakarimilena, Molucca Bamboowind Orchestra, and Bengkel MambriBen. The event was hosted by Nirina Zubir and Teuku Zacky.

Mangrove Preservation in Mandoni

The community applies customary regulations to preserve the mangrove ecosystem. They divide the mangrove forest based on the area of land so that not just anyone can enter and use resources in the mangrove forest, such as the application of sasi. Anyone who violates will be subject to sanctions according to the agreement of the clan or tribe. #beradatjagahutan


Communities in the Friwen and Manyaifun Villages, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua Province, understand the importance of the sustainability of the mangrove ecosystem. They realize that over exploitation will only bring harm to the village community later. #beradatjagahutan

Fisherman in Babo District

Mangi-mangi or mangrove brings blessings to the surrounding community. Mangrove ecosystems become spawning grounds, care, and a place to find food for aquatic fauna that live in the vicinity. Similar to the condition of fishermen in Kampo Babo, Teluk Bintuni Regency, other areas with dense mangrove ecosystems also feel the same blessing. They will continue to maintain the integrity of the mangrove to maintain the sustainability of the ecosystem and pass it on to children and grandchildren.

Potential Nutmeg in Fakfak Regency

Nutmeg Fakfak (Myristica argantea Warb) is a native plant of Indonesia. In addition to growing in the forest, Fakfak nutmeg is cultivated using seed derived from nutmeg trees in the forest. Most Fakfak residents own land to grow nutmeg. The abundance of production results made Fakfak Regency nicknamed the City of Pala. Nutmeg can be used as ingredients for making drugs or cosmetics. Local residents process nutmeg into sweets, dodol and syrup.

Mangrove Forests as a Source of Livelihood

Bintuni Bay mangrove forests, which are the largest mangrove forests in West Papua, are not free from threats. The company's activities have the potential to damage and reduce the extent of mangrove forests, such as logging activities and the activities of oil and gas mining companies, most of which are in mangrove areas.

Homestay Business Changed My Mindset

Ecotourism can be the answer to forest management by promoting conservation aspects. Ecotourism provides tourists with natural beauty while providing financial benefits to the local community. Environmental damage subsides, forests and seas are maintained.

Potential of Mangroves in Babo District

Babo District is in the administrative area of Bintuni Bay Regency which has 225,367 hectares of mangrove forests or 10 percent of mangrove forests in Indonesia. Fisheries commodities that can be utilized in the form of mangrove crabs, shrimp, demersal fish and small pelagic. Mangrove forests also have the potential to be developed further in the tourism sector, such as custom-based mangrove ecotourism.

SOS Rainforest LIVE | 22 Juni 2020 | Sting, Slank, Iwan Fals, and more coming!

Rainforests are a source of life for living things and a counterweight to the world's climate. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, threats to forest destruction and the survival of indigenous peoples continue to occur. Welcoming the upcoming World Rainforest Day on June 22, EcoNusa and @rainforest_foundation invite you to support the struggle of indigenous peoples against Covid-19 and protect the rainforest.


Watch fundraising virtual music concerts through the Youtube channel and Tiktok Rainforest Foundation Norway and give your support by donating through! There will be performances of @theofficialsting @slankdotcom @iwanfals and many other world musicians who will enliven the event. Your donation is very meaningful for the sustainability of the rainforests throughout the world and the lives of the indigenous peoples who inhabit it.

Forest Livelihoods

Social Forestry is a symbiosis of forest management between the community and the government. By obtaining legal rights to manage forests, communities can live independently. Meanwhile, the government is indirectly receiving forest protection assistance from illegal activities such as illegal logging or poaching. Until 2019, the total area of social forestry in West Papua that had received a decree from the minister of forestry was 25,228 hectares.

Batanta Tourism

Batanta Island is a habitat for 121 species of avifauna and other endemic animals. One of the largest islands in the Raja Ampat Islands is also a place of migration of poultry from Papua, Salawati Island, and Waigeo Island, especially during the breeding season. If managed properly, the potential of ecotourism in Kampung Wailebet can improve the welfare of the community while protecting the forests and the ecosystems in it.

Sasi Tradition in Mandoni Village

Local wisdom in managing natural resources is evidence of the relationship between the community and the natural surroundings. Community needs are not only the only point of concern, but also the sustainability and sustainability of ecosystems. This allows the creation of a balance of economic fulfillment and conservation of natural resources.

Hidden Paradise in the Arfak Mountains

Through ecotourism in Mokwam Village, Arfak Mountains, West Papua, can coexist with nature. They take advantage of the existence of the forest while protecting it.

Palm Chewing Culture

Areca nut has become a basic need of the people of Papua. It grows in the lowlands but the tradition of chewing betel nuts is also carried out by the highland community. This tradition is carried by lowland people who work in the mountains. Areca trading makes the wheels of the economy move, supporting life to meet the cost of education.

Bat Island in Fakfak

Paniki Island or Kelelawar Island is located near Ugar Village, Kokas Disktrik, Fakfak Regency, West Papua. Naming the island refers to the number of bats that live there. If managed properly, Paniki Island can potentially become one of the ecotourism attractions that can be offered to tourists and become an educational site to get to know the biggest bat in the world.

The struggle of Rani, a Young Fisherman in Kampung Kambala

For Rani, being a sea cucumber seeker to meet her needs, not harboring the desire to pursue goals. His desire to help people set his heart to become a nurse. For him education is the key to stretching the horizon to a new life.

Shrimp Fishermen in Aruba

Shrimp become aquatic commodities and supported by the vast mangrove ecosystem in Bintuni Bay, West Papua. Besides shrimp, mangroves also become a place for spawning other fishery commodities that are very beneficial for the community. Bintuni Bay supports 10% of the total area of Indonesia's mangroves, therefore it must be maintained for a better community life.

Satu Tungku Tiga Batu

The Kambala Village community in Kaimana Regency is a mirror of the application of tolerance between religious communities. "Family of fellow human beings" is a way of life that is trusted by the community. They do not recognize conflict, only know a helping hand to help one another. The philosophy is known as "One Stone Three Furnaces"

The Impending Threat to Papua’s Native Fisherman

Climate change and excessive exploitation of fish resources make it difficult for fishermen to get fish. Interventions in the form of making zoning for catching and enforcing sasi can be implemented so that fish populations increase again. In addition, training in other fields can support the ability of fishermen to survive while waiting for sasi or when fish are hard to find.

Recognize the Red Matoa Tree

Unlike ordinary matoa, red matoa tree fruit (Pometia coroacea) cannot be eaten, humans use it as a basic material for furniture. Red Matoa that grow in the Coastal area are home to many liars, especially cassowary birds. As a nesting place, marriage place, and food source. Maintaining the population of red eyes means the same as the protected habitat of liars in Papua.

Raja Ampat Blue Water Mangrove

Blue water mangroves have a strong and wide root system, making it suitable as a shelter for small fish. One of them can be found in South Batanta District, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua. Tourists also take advantage of this ecosystem as a tourist attraction to see the underwater scenery. By maintaining and preserving the mangrove ecosystem, fish and the surrounding coral reefs will remain sustainable while ensuring the lives of the people around the area are maintained.

How to Look for Clams in Mandoni Village

Low tide is a blessing for the people of Kampung Mandoni, Kokas District, Fakfak Regency, West Papua. One of them is Mama Aminah, who works as a shell hunter. Shells are obtained without any tools, just rely on your bare hands. Mama Aminah and the people in Mandoni village are very selective when collecting shells. They never take small clams. This is done so that the shellfish ecosystem is maintained and sustained. By preserving such ecosystems, the people in Mandoni village are aware that something that is taken is excessive, it will bring misery in the future.

The charm of the Kiti Kiti Waterfall

Kiti Kiti Waterfall is a tourist destination located in the conservation area of Nusalasi Bay Coastal Park, Fakfak Regency, West Papua Province. In addition to the high seas, we are also treated to views of the surrounding green forest vegetation. Kiti Kiti Waterfall, the local designation for the room waterfall which immediately fell into the sea. In addition to the waterfall, there is also a stunning underwater beauty with various types of coral reefs and fish.


Protecting the forest and nature around it, we also maintain the sustainability and beauty of the Kiti Kiti Waterfall.

Papua Wood Nettles

Alternative medicine that is still a mainstay of Indonesian society makes plants widely used. One of them is itchy leaves from Eastern Indonesia which has a variety of benefits.


Papua wood nettles grow in dense forests in Papua and Maluku. Traditionally, these leaves are used by indigenous people for traditional treatments such as itching, aching rheumatic pain, to assist the delivery process.


By keeping the dense forest area still present, we also ensure that the presence of itchy leaves as a source of treatment for the community is always available

Jumbo Crab Hunting in Mandoni Village, Fakfak Regency

The southern coast of West Papua has the largest mangrove ecosystem in Indonesia which is rich in biodiversity such as fish, crabs, and shellfish. In addition to protecting the village from big waves, mangrove forests are a source of livelihood for local indigenous people. Only by looking for mangrove crabs, Mama Maryam can send the island outside to graduate from college. Maintaining mangrove sustainability means saving people living in the Indonesian Coast region.

Kelim Moi Tribe, Our Forest Is Our Life

More than 250 indigenous groups in the Land of Papua, with unique and different languages. Most of the indigenous tribes depend their lives on tropical rain forests whose extent is almost equivalent to 215 times the city of London in England. The forests in the Land of Papua are the future of the climate of Indonesia and the World, the future of the livelihoods of indigenous peoples. The EcoNusa Foundation encourages sustainable indigenous community-based ecotourism. Real actions together to save forests will help ensure the sustainable livelihoods of indigenous people in the Land of Papua.

The story of the Twin Lakes in the Arfak Mountains

The EcoNusa team had the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Papua. This time we went to the Arfak Mountains where a twin lake called Anggi Lake is located. What's the story like? Continue to follow our adventure.

Kombai Tribe Hunting Wild Boar

Aside from being a method of foraging, hunting becomes a way of familiarizing oneself among Kombai men, Boven Digoel Regency, Papua Province. The hunting process takes around 3-4 days.

House of Tree's Kombai Tribe

The Kombai tribe, Boven Digoel Regency, Papua Province, lives in a tree house with a height of 50 meters above ground level. In addition to the Kombai tribe, the Korowai tribe and the Citak tribe also inhabit the tree house as their residence.

Burned Stone, Typical Culinary of Papua

To meet their daily food needs, the Kombai tribe used to work on gathering sago. As in the following film, Kombai Tribe burns stones as a medium to make typical Papuan cuisine, which is roasted sago. Watch until it runs out

Sago Caterpillar Party- Maintaining Tradition Caring for the Earth

The Sago Caterpillar Festival, held in 2018, keeps its story separate. The Sago Worm Party is also a routine traditional ritual of the Kombay tribe

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