THE development of the tourism sector in the provinces of Papua and West Papua must pay attention to the concept of environmentally friendly in order to continue to make Bumi Cendrawasih as the world’s best ecotourism destination.

According to the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy/Deputy of the Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, Angela Tanoesoedibjo in Sorong, West Papua said, the diversity owned by Papua and West Papua must be maintained and utilized by paying attention to its sustainability aspects. One effort that can be taken is to ensure that development is carried out with green/sustainable investments.

“As the home of half the country’s biodiversity, the development of ecotourism in Papua and West Papua can bring positive impacts, including improving the lives of local people, as well as giving birth to new entrepreneurs,” Angela said.

She further said, the wealth and natural beauty in Papua and West Papua must be equally guarded by all stakeholders, both the central government, the private sector, indigenous groups, religious groups, youth groups to the community.

“The provinces of Papua and West Papua have great potential to become one of the world’s best ecotourism destinations. “The commitment and synergy of the central, regional government, the private sector and all stakeholders are needed to make it happen,” Angela noted.

The Green Investment High Level Forum was also attended by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, the Minister of Cooperatives and Small and medium-sized Enterprises, Teten Masduki, the Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo, the Head of the Investment Coordinating Board Bahlil Lahadalia, the Governor of West Papua Dominggus Mandacan and the Deputy Governor of Papua Klemen Tinal.

This meeting aims to explore the potential of green investment that could reach US$200 million (equivalent to IDR2.8 trillion) and impact on the welfare of 60,000 families in Papua and West Papua. This green investment model follows the principles of inclusive sustainable development.

This meeting is expected to be the forerunner to the birth of innovative solutions for forest protection and the development of potential value chains in Papua and West Papua.

While the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said the concept of green investment to be implemented in Papua and West Papua could spur economic growth in Papua, but remained environmentally friendly.

“So with the entry of investments, people will start economic activities. The economy will grow and people can get social benefits from it, but the investment must be environmentally friendly investments,” said Coordinating Minister Luhut.

The concept of green investment in the initial stages of its realization plan will target investment activities on agricultural and fishery products that have the potential to be exported, as well as the ecotourism sector. Some commodities that will be developed are coffee, nutmeg and cocoa.

Not only that, Indonesia’s carbon credit management plan also became one of the discussions at the high-level meeting which will later be handled directly by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. []