A Declaration produced during a recent meeting in Papua demands that “All forms of activities and initiatives for carbon trade and carbon compensation which do not recognize the rights of adat community in land of Papua should be stopped.” From 19-21 November 2009, more than 200 participants attended the Congress, “Save The People and Forests of Papua”, organised by the Papua NGO Cooperation Forum (Foker LSM Papua). People from seven indigenous territories in Papua, Mamberamo Tami, Saireri, Bomberay, Domberay, La Pago, Mee Pago and Anim Ha, took part, including Indigenous Peoples, Religious Leaders and CSO activists.
The main agenda of the Congress was to discuss research carried out by Foker LSM Papua during 2008 and 2009. The research, titled “Save the People and Forests of Papua”, focussed on the relationship between Indigenous Peoples of Papua and their Forests in seven indigenous territories of Papua. Last year, this research resulted in four short films and a foreword: