Climates amazing Sanjna Ullal & Maia Germano have just published new research on climate change in West Papua (open report here) for our friends at the Free West Papua Campaign with a focus on the climate impacts, predictions and responses.
"West Papua is an area rich in rainforest, second only to the Amazon in size, and unique species of flora and fauna such as rare orchids and tree kangaroos. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, it is also home to diverse marine life. West Papua has not been spared from the effects of climate and environmental change. From mining and logging, land clearing for palm oil plantations and sea level rise, West Papuans are fighting for more than their democratic freedom.
This report presents the best available information on the climate crisis in West Papua. It details the current impacts, future projections, and government and non government responses to protect the island’s ecosystems and communities. Efforts were taken to locate the latest and geographically relevant information on the West Papuan region. Where such information was unavailable, extrapolation from surrounding areas such as Papua New Guinea (PNG), Indonesia and the wider Pacific and Southeast Asian regions were taken into account."