7 Apr 2015

Bylaws planned for conservation in West Papua

2:17 pm on 7 April 2015

Preparations are underway to declare the Indonesian province of West Papua a conservation province.

The Jakarta Post reports West Papuan provincial authorities are working out a regional bylaw which would give legal protection for conservation efforts.

Fishing boats on Biak, West Papua

Fishing boats on Biak, West Papua Photo: Supplied

The province's governor Abraham Atururi earlier expressed plans to designate the area a conservation province to protect forests and other natural resources.

He said the international NGOs Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund, have been assisting conservation efforts in the province especially in the regencies of Raja Ampat, Kaimana and Tambraw.