Lake Wanagon, Lost Tourism

Lake Wanagon, Lost Tourism

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Lake Wanagon Buried due to demolition of freeport mining land in Garsberg, Timika Papua

The natural beauty of Papua is like a haven for every visitor. Raja Ampat is now being promoted in the outside world inviting millions of tourists coming. Indonesia should be proud of the natural beauty of Papua. Sea, mountain, wildlife to cultural diversity in Papua if well managed, Papua becomes the largest tourism foreign exchange after the island of Bali. One of the lakes that is so blue and located at an altitude of 3000 feet above sea level is the lake Wanagon. Most people see Wanagon instead of the lake, but a reservoir of rainwater. Wanagon is very strategic besides Raja Ampat or Lake Sentani. Now, the government is aggressively promoting the world of tourism to bring in tourists other than Bali. One of the latest promotions of such exciting tourism as Raja Ampat is promoted through the French television program Koh-Lanta to be the target of European tourists coming to Asia, especially Papua. The race is rated high with an audience of up to 7 million per episode. During the final episode, the audience reached 8 million. This figure is a high rating and can give promotional effects not only in France but also to other European countries, including other countries who speak French like Canada. The strategic position of Lake Wanagon for my intended tourism, I will give a unique short story of the lake. With the fundamental question why Wanagon Lake continues to exist for many years until now is covered by freeport rocks? Then where does the water entering the lake which is the hood of the Cartenz's perennial snow / ice, then why and how the source of the flowing water forms the four largest rivers in Papua; the Mamberamo River, the Baliem River up through the Digul River, the Foja River that flows to Papua New Guinea (the island of East Papua). The existence of eternal snow has a relationship as a source of water flow to form the four largest rivers in Papua. Where is the eternal snow is a neighbor of Lake Wanagon, cool is not it? Thus, the loss of Leitzer (melting of ice) Puncak Jaya will have an impact on the decrease of river water above.

Ice in Puncak Jaya, Papua. AP Photo / Papua Project Freeport McMoRan, Geologists from Ohio State University funded by PT. Freeport estimates that glaciers in the mountains of Puncak Jaya, Papua, threatened to disappear due to melting.

The river meeting point (the Papuans call the water-head) of the four largest rivers in Papua, centered on the central mountains of West Papua (Papua-PNG), which is now one of them lined with lake Wanagon. Wanagon's position is very strategic for Tourism. Why? because it is located above the altitude as well as bersampaingan with a world civilization known as eternal snow (Peak Cartenz). It is said that its existence remained a memory of the restoration of freeport capitalism.

End of Wanagon's History As Tourism Lost Freeport became a world-renowned company one of them with gold and copper content. In the same place, Lake Wanagon is blue as the sky. Unfortunately, its existence is not for tourism in the future, but its fate is now buried by mining rocks. For the inhabitants of the Amungme tribe who inhabiting the Peak of Cartenz region have a sacred trust over the ice hood as the place of their ancestors' lives. The Amungme tribe of Banti, Waa, Arwanop and Tsinga villages see Wanagon as a sacred and vital lake because it has a sacred value. Water from Cartenz's ice hood flows into Wanagon Lake and then the water flows along the Wanagon River to the Ajkwa River which is now threatened with dryness due to tailings accumulation. The disposal of the cobblestones is also approaching the slopes of Cartenz Peak which belong to the Lorente National Park area that Unesco has designated a world heritage site. In fact, the enforcement of Law No. 23/1997 on Environmental Management does not apply to freeport so that Wanagon Lake is buried to the ground and now lives up to the name.

As per Map guide PT. Freeport Indonesia

Quoting the recent Ministry of Environment statement that there are 15 Lakes In Indonesia Under Critical Condition. The 15 lakes are entering the program to be rehabilitated and have been programmed until 2014, Balthasar said after speaking at the International Seminar 2011 & International Symposium on Water and Aquatic Environment 'Save The Water for Our Life and Next Generation' in Universitas Brawijaya (UB) Malang , Saturday, December 17th. Unfortunately, Wanagon lake is not included in the list because it is covered by rocks "alias" just name. According to Uncen Rector who is now a Minister, the critical condition of 15 lakes is caused by sedimentation, pollution, and garbage disposal factor. It is wrong if Environment Minister Balthasar K

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