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How Moi Kelim tribe saves millions of dollars by preserving forests in West Papua

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Sorong   /   Mon, March 11, 2019   /  06:47 pm
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Benyamin Kalami, a Malaumkarta village official in Sorong, West Papua, blows a conch to signal the villagers to gather.(JP/Karina M. Tehusijarana)

Moi Kelim tribe member Adolfina Sapisa has lived all her life in Malaumkarta village, Sorong regency, West Papua, and has spent most of it fishing, farming, as well as gathering sago and other plants from the surrounding forest. While demonstrating how to make noken (traditional Papuan bags) out of dried tree bark, she talks about the plentiful fish available near the village and asks visitors from Jakarta about fishing on the coast of Java. “You can’t catch fish this easily in Java can you?” she said. “We couldn’t live like that. Here, you only need to dive a little to catch something.” Adolfina is one of around 200 of the Moi Kelim tribe who lives in Malaumkarta and one of around 420,000 members spread across the northern part of West Papua. In an attempt to demonstrate the value that indigenous people can bring through their tr...