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a wonderful start to our 5 city tour through west papua. held at the governers office in manokwari. the turn out was much bigger than we anticipated. an emotional & proud connection to our workshops & film #provinsikonservasi followed by an evening of music, laughter & empowerment. our campaign to raise the voices of the people in order to add pressure to protect west papua from industrial threats is off to a good start.
permulaan yang mengesankan untuk kampanye provinsi konservasi di 5 kabupaten di provinsi papua barat. kampanye ini kita mulai dari kantor gubernur papua barat di manokwari. masyarakat yang berpartisipasi begitu banyak dan diluar dugaan kita. ekspresi mereka pun begitu emosional dan bangga terhadap acara ini mulai dari loka karya, konser musik dan penayangan film provinsi koservasi. tujuan dari kampanye ini adalah untuk mengangkat suara masyarakat papua barat dalam menekan adanya peraturan perundang-undangan yang menjadikan papua barat sebagai provinsi konservasi khususnya untuk melindungi papua barat dari ancaman perindustrian. @conservationorg@sea_legacy#indonesianoceanpride
We're here to protect west papua, indonesia—the epicenter of global marine diversity. home to more species of fish and coral than anywhere else, west papua also supports the world’s second largest rainforest and the largest mangrove forest—a critical buffer to climate change. but these riches are a constant attraction for exploitation and recently the region has come under increasing threat from both marine and terrestrial pressures.
in december, the indonesian government will vote on whether or not to uphold legislation declaring west papua region a “conservation province,” which would guarantee its protection from persistent industrial threats. last night we launched a three week media tour across the region to engage local communities and politicians to ensure their support for this critical law. tomorrow we head to our second stop of the tour - arfak. stay tuned for updates! 💙✊🏽🇮🇩 #provinsikonservasi#protectwestpapua@shawnheinrichs@conservationid@conservationorg@sea_legacy@indonesianoceanpride
West papua is one of the most special places on earth with endless beauty and supreme biodiversity, but the true reason it’s so extraordinary is because of the people there taking bold action to protect their resources for future generations. their passion and work on behalf of the environment is inspiring and we are excited to use our new film to thank these communities and encourage them to continue pushing forward with their conservation efforts. to this motivation, we must continue to add our support, because the sad truth is that the better west papua does at protecting its precious seas, the more attractive they will be to those that want to extract every last resource.
despite all of the devastation and wrongs in the world there are reasons to be hopeful, reasons to keep fighting, and a real chance to restore this beautiful planet we all share to its fullest potential. we can all be guardians in our own ways, but we must take action collectively. every great movement throughout history has depended on people coming together, putting aside their differences, and working towards a common goal. gandhi said, “be the change you wish to see in the world.” the communities of west papua are proof that despite enormous and daunting challenges, anything is possible. 💙🇮🇩✊🏽 photo: @shawnheinrichs#provinsikonservasi#protectwestpapua#papuabarat thank you to our media partners for helping make #provinsikonservasi a success >> @oceanicpreservationsociety @indonesianoceanpride @greenmatters @racingextinction
A message from our founder @shawnheinrichs: “i am forever grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded organizations and individuals who believe in the power of media to inspire real change. 🙏the provinsi konservasi initiative has the potential to bring about ridge-to-reef conservation of west papua, setting a new gold-standard for regional conservation and sustainable development and creating a blueprint for conservation initiatives that protect earth’s most critical ecosystems – but only if the initiative is well implemented. tomorrow we are launching a media tour across the region to engage local communities and politicians, and ensure their support for this critical law.” ✊🏽💙🇮🇩
In 2015, the provincial governor of west papua declared the entire region as indonesia’s first conservation province or provinsi konservasi. the declaration is uniquely farsighted in its intent to 1) establish comprehensive ecosystem based protections, 2) establish sustainable development practices across all industries, and 3) empower local communities to control and protect vital community resources.
our partners at @conservationid@conservationorg are leading the charge for conservation in west papua and have worked closely with the provincial government to draft new legislation formalizing the governor’s declaration. the #provinsikonservasi initiative has the potential to bring about ridge-to-reef conservation of west papua, setting a new gold-standard for regional conservation and sustainable development and creating a blueprint for conservation initiatives that protect earth’s most critical ecosystems – but only if the initiative is well implemented. and implementation will require new sustainable industries. ✊🏽🇮🇩 #protectwestpapua
West papua, we are ready to roll! reef to ridge, one of the most biodiverse and pristine habitats on earth, we are on the brink of securing the most significant protection of its kind ever fashioned in the region! the world's second largest rainforest, the world's largest mangrove forest, and the most biodiverse reefs on earth, all in one single stunningly beautiful region. 🌄
our tour is about to kick off and we will travel across the entire region over three weeks with our massive outdoor cinema system, projecting stories of inspiration and change, captured in interviews in the local language with community leaders, all wrapped together with stunning imagery and heartfelt stories, in our new feature-length film, "provinsi konservasi". our message: together we can protect the most important and biodiverse habitats left on earth, for nature and for us. #provinsikonservasi#akupapua#protectwestpapua#turningthetide@shawnheinrichs@conservationorg@conservationid@sea_legacy@firstname.lastname@example.org@hamishdw@cristinamittermeier