FREE WEST PAPUA : Saporkren Village West Papua Can Gain Rp 300 Million a Year

Saporkren is one of the villages in the west of Waigeo Island, Raja Ampat District, West Papua. This village successfully adapted as the rate of natural tourism in Raja Ampat. According to the Head of Central KSDA West Papua, R Basar Manullang, throughout 2017, this village has an income of approximately Rp 300 million per year, in line with the number of visits reaching 1,000 people a year.

This achievement increased more than eight times compared to 2014. Saporkren village is also included the second best built village of KSDAE Directorate General of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in 2017.

Kampung Saporkren intersects with the conservation area of ​​West Waigeo Nature Reserve. Formerly a village of 398 inhabitants was partly a logger. The business became a mainstay income other than as a fisherman.

This condition attracted the attention of West Papua KSDA Central Office, Raja Ampat and Fauna & Flora International-Indonesia Program (FFI-IP) and targeted the built kampung. The concept offered is the ecotourism of bird watching cendrawasih combined with the sea tour which was first fame. 

This business has many challenges. Rejection is obtained from unscrupulous government of kampung and adat that get result from wood processing business. Along with the reduced amount of processed timber and routine patrols being intensively carried out and the routine of socialization, some villagers began to realize and accept the concept offered. Year 2014 established Sapokren Forest Farmer Group consisting of eight people, chaired by Orgenes Dimara.

Starting from three homestays built self-help and assisted by District Government (Pemkab) Raja Ampat, in 2018 to eight homestay built with a tour guide as many as 26 people. Impact of tourism continues to increase for the welfare of the villagers.

Increased capacity of group members is routine. Starting from the introduction of bird species, good guide procedures, administrative training, and capital assistance in the form of bird watching equipment. In 2018, representatives of the group conducted a comparative study to a tourist attraction in Yogyakarta.

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