Genuine ecotourism
in West Papua

As our core activity, we approach the practical organization of ecotourism or environmentally and socially responsible travel, as a 100 % locally-owned micro-company, trading as independent travel agent with regional focus on the western half of New Guinea Island. Variously known as Papua, West Papua, or Irian Jaya, Indonesian New Guinea is one of the last great tropical wilderness areas left on Earth. We view genuine ecotourism development here as an efficient vehicle to act and expand upon existing conservation priorities, as well as an independent yet complementary means of strengthening and fine-tuning both conservation as community development efforts and policies.

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Ecotourism and
indigenous peoples

We firmly believe that carefully planned and implemented ecotourism may contribute significantly to both the conservation of natural habitats and the well-being of indigenous peoples. We recognize as our duty to ensure that indigenous communities do benefit, to the maximum extent possible, from deployment of our ecotourism activities if these are to stand any chance of genuinely rivaling the ever increasing claims to deleterious resource extraction throughout West Papua. After all, people who earn a living directly through responsible travel, are more amenable to actively help protecting the environment on which their livelihoods depend.

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Ecotourism and
biodiversity conservation

That ecotourism is inextricably linked to biodiversity conservation, follows straightforwardly out of the sheer enjoyment that discerning ecotourists draw from visiting untouched natural environments. We strongly believe that the key to the long-term spiritual and economical well-being of indigenous peoples lies precisely in the active preservation of their ancestral lands that set the stage for our ecotourism activities. By linking up the financial benefits of ecotourism with the continuous presence and protection of local wildlife through wise land tenure, we instigate and nurture pride in customary landownership and bring a strong conservation message.

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