In Papua and West Papua, SEKALA has worked for providing baseline data and cadastral maps for the UNDP. This project requires SEKALA to compile, analyse, improve and harmonise spatial data. It also required SEKALA to develop a spatial information management system and to provide training in remote sensing, GIS, spatial planning and data management. Comprehensive consultations was carried out with government and non-government stakeholders to resolve data discrepancies and to seek endorsement of spatial data and maps.

SEKALA has also worked for the United Kingdom Climate Change Unit (UKCCU) Papua Program to collect and analyse spatial data for Papua Province. SEKALA also led a consortium of organizations (Papua Civil Society Support Foundation – (PCSSF) and Nordic Consulting Group (NCG) to carry out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for spatial planning in Papua province. The SEA assessed the economic, social and environmental consequences of different development scenarios and provided improved spatial information to the Papuan provincial government. A great range of spatial and statistical data was collected and analysed for this project so that spatial planning recommendations could be provided to the governments of Papua and West Papua.

SEKALA also regularly provides technical support to local organisations conducting community mapping in Papua and West Papua province and provides training on community mapping, spatial planning, GIS and remote sensing to these organisations. Most recently, SEKALA has been developing a dynamic threat analysis for Papua. This work highlights the past and current socio-economic threats to Papua’s forests.