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Protecting Papua Ecosystems

INFRASTRUCTURE HIGHLIGHT by Bustar Maitar: Excellence, Entrepreneurship and Ecosystems. The Indonesian province of Papua is a frontier paradise, home to pristine tropical forests and unique marine ecosystems. It is filled with natural resources, and its 3.5 million inhabitants form communities steeped in diversity and heritage.

These riches, however, are under threat. The Special Autonomy Law, so promising at inception, has not created sustainable development. Forging solutions locally is difficult when the majority of the population has not finished secondary school.

When: Tuesday March 10 | 7pm
Venue: Erasmus Huis

But there is hope. The planned Center for Excellence in Manokwari, West Papua, will work with local university graduates, giving them skills to develop sustainable economic opportunities at the community level. Bustar Maitar left Jayapura in northern Papua ten years ago.

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He recently returned, with valuable experience, to seek solutions to the big problems of deforestation and forest degradation. He has led national campaigns for Greenpeace that are now transforming global commodity markets and shifting companies such as Unilever, Nestlé and Mattel towards a nodeforestation footprint.

He believes in the ability of the local community along with this international effort to create strong protection for the remaining forest and marine ecosystems. Join him as he discusses the Center for Excellence, its challenges and successes (Mar15/p2).

No RSVP! Rp. 50,000 Donation (Rp 30.000 student ID)

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Related article: Indonesian Heritage Society is a non-profit organization offering participants the opportunity to learn more about the rich cultural heritage of Indonesia |  http://indonesia-now.com/culture/discovering-jakarta-and-indonesians-culture-2/