Women of Teluk Bintuni and their mangroves

Teluk Bintuni regency in West Papua has a mangrove forest covering more than 200,000 hectares with a high degree of biodiversity. This portrait series showcases how women in Teluk Bintuni and nature are living side by side in harmony. Apart from taking care of their families, the women are also engaged in various group activities to safeguard their natural environment and promote the local community’s conservation- and customs-oriented economy.

The biodiversity in Teluk Bintuni is among the best in the world, after Raja Ampat in the same province, constituting 10 percent of Indonesia’s mangrove forests.

In the 1980s, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) proposed that the regency’s mangrove forest be made a nature reserve, which was followed up by the Conservation International (CI) and later by the regency administration.

When it was converted into a nature reserve Teluk Bintuni became a national strategic zone, like Raja Ampat.

One of the local government’s priorities involves improving conservation-based development programs because of the mangrove’s important role in carbon trading.

Empowering the community to support conservation programs has also become an important strategy, along with other efforts, such as the organization of the World Mangrove Festival in November.

— The Jakarta Post was invited by Econusa Foundation and NGO Panah Papua to visit Bintuni Bay, West Papua.




When my sister in-laws gave me pinky Sumedang crackers to bring home as gift for my parents, it bring my journey home wonderfully surprised with a dish that bring my mother memory back to her childhood. Our neighbourhood “tukang sayur” – vegetables vendors has bring us “ikan Pe asap” or smoked stingray meat chunks earlier that day.

Smoked stingray or “ikan Pe” meat sells around 3000 IDR or just around 3 cent USD per chunks in my neighbourhood, its a very common meals in a regular household in Indonesia.

Served fried with traditional Javanese mixture of sambal – each house have its own variation – plus a pack of fried battered tofu and tempeh, the dish guaranteed will content your lunch hunger.



*as mention in masakiscook.wordpress.com by @apamasak  https://masakiscook.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/royal-lunch-with-smoked-stingray-penyet-ikan-pe-sambel-gubeng/

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When the museum become an ash

16 January 2016 morning. I received a short message from a colleague, there’s heavy smoke came out from inside the old building of Bahari Museum, one of the iconic landmark of old Batavia.

I rush my motorcycle across the town in a hurry to get there.

Arriving at the scene, the firefighters was already at work. The thick smoke make it difficult for breathing. I take my goggles with me as I walk to the closest safe area to take picture without intruding the firefighters at work.

The Maritime Museum in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, was razed by fire on Tuesday morning, 16 January 2018, at around 8:55 a.m, an official has said.

Museum head Husni Nizar said the fire had caused damage to the collection of miniature historical navigation equipment.

He added that the fire was first reported on the north side of the museum.

LENS CULTURE PHOTOBOOK 2016 – Goethe House Jakarta

Lakina of Kahedupa