Land Reform in Papua Needs Participatory Mapping of Traditional Territories – Social and spatial participatory mapping of the traditional land of Papua is required as the first step in implementing Agrarian Reform in the region. A Deputy Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/Deputy Head of the National Land Agency (ATR/BPN) Surya Tjandra said this was quoted from the Ministry of ATR/BPN website, Wednesday (11/24/2021).

“This is in accordance with the Presidential Instruction (Inpres) which directs the Papuan development approach from the perspective of socio-cultural, customary areas, and ecological zones in the context of sustainable development and focuses on Papuan Indigenous People (OAP),” he said.

As is known, the Ministry of ATR/BPN has the mandate to carry out the development of customary areas through the implementation of contextual Papuan Agrarian Reform. This provision is stated in Presidential Instruction Number 9 of 2020 concerning Acceleration of Welfare Development in Papua Province and West Papua Province.

Regarding the mapping, Surya said, it is important to involve the community so that an agreement can be realized and there are no overlapping boundaries.

“So, claims from indigenous peoples and the Regional Government (Pemda) must be synchronized with data from the Ministry of ATR/BPN. That’s why friends from the Ministry of ATR/BPN need to be involved to the process from the beginning, “explained Surya.

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He continued, now, the Management Rights (HPL) which were previously owned by the Government are now granted by the Indigenous Law Community (MHA). This is stated in Law Number 11 of 2020 concerning Job Creation (UUCK) and Government Regulation (PP) Number 18 of 2021 concerning Land Management Rights for customary land. “HPL on this Ulayat land is given to traditional law communities whose existence has been recognized and established in accordance with the laws and regulations,” said Surya.

Therefore, cross-Ministry and Institutional (K/L) cooperation is needed regarding the stage of land recognition for indigenous peoples. After that, the recognition stage of MHA and traditional territories at the local government level takes place as well as the stage of registration of indegenouse areas or forests.

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