Protecting the environment with intelligence

Papua

EIA staff in the fieldPapua’s forests are the largest tracts of intact forest left in the Indonesia, but are systematically undermined by logging, plantations, mining companies and many illegal logging operations.

In 2005, EIA and Indonesian partner Telapak exposed a billion dollar smuggling operation running out of Papua, which saw 300,000m3 of logs shipped illegally to China, Malaysia and India every month.

From 2005-08, EIA and Telapak undertook a three-year skills sharing project in Papua and West Papua provinces to empower local civil society and community groups. (See where we work) The project, funded by UKAID, delivered training focused on audio-visual documentation, video editing and using this information to lobby for the reforms sought by local stakeholders.

We trained 150 individuals from almost 100 NGOs and indigenous and community groups in six cities across the two Papuan provinces, and donated video, photography, Global Positioning System kits and video editing suites to 11 organisations acting as ‘nodes’ for local networks in these cities.

A series of revealing and groundbreaking films on illegal and legal logging and plantations expansion in the provinces were subsequently produced entirely by EIA/Telapak’s local Papuan partners – the first such films ever to come out of Papua. Many of the local groups trained were members of FOKER LSM Papua, the biggest civil society coalition in the region.