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In KOBUMI, the local, indigenous communities and us, only produce the distinctive goods from the Eastern Paradise of Indonesia.

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How We Started

We source our product from the Eastern “paradise” of Indonesia. In particular, The Maluku archipelagos and the island of Papua cover almost 50% of Indonesia’s remaining forest and 52% of Indonesia’s remaining mangroves; the ocean of this region is home to nearly 50% of Indonesia’s fish stock. The forest and ocean are the wealthiest biodiversity region in Indonesia and the canter of the coral triangle. This is home to an indigenous community with more than 500 different languages.

This is our climate frontier in a fragile condition. Improving a sustainable local economy and indigenous and local community livelihood is a key to maintaining and preserving this climate frontier region and rich biodiversity.

However, the problem regarding the development of commodities faced in Eastern Indonesia, especially in Papua and Maluku, is the existence of market gaps. So far, the economic improvement of indigenous community has not been realized in real terms, although there were several community support and assistance related to commodities in Papua and Maluku. Recognizing the urgency of this issue, EcoNusa Foundation as a non-profit organization engaged in community’s independence in sustainable and impartial natural resource management in Eastern Indonesia, collaborates with 12 cooperatives belonging to indigenous community in the regions of Maluku, North Maluku, West Papua, and Papua to form a socio-eco enterprise as a joint venture company.

PT Ekosistim Bumi Lestari (KOBUMI) was established in June 2022 to create a sustainable business for commodities and products with Eastern Indonesia characteristics in order to increase the competitiveness of commodities as well as the welfare of indigenous and local communities. In accordance with KOBUMI’s tagline, “Finest Goods of The Eastern Paradise”, we believe that the superior commodities in Eastern Indonesia only yielded in the hands of empowered local communities.

The West Papua Province has declared as a sustainable and conservation province. Recently the national government has granted an indigenous forest (Hutan Adat) which is encouraging, and KOBUMI would like to contribute and make indigenous communities get the prime benefit from the social forestry initiative.

Our Vision

Elevating local commodities to be globally competitive in order to improve the welfare of indigenous and local communities to be independent in maintaining the sustainability of natural ecosystems through a fairly and mutually beneficial trade system

Our Journey

July
2017
EcoNusa Foundation was Founded
June
2019

Embarked on a journey to support community best practices and new initiatives on forest and climate initiatives

2021
Organized “Youth for Papua”, with programs:
  1. Design programs and manage the end-to-end grant process
  2. Adding value to cooperative products through intensive training and mentoring
June
2022
KOBUMI was formed
Aug
2022
Establishment of Kobumi’s headquarter in Sorong
Sep
2022
Starting procurement and production in Maluku
Oct
2022
New warehouse facility in Sorong

Our Team

Managing Director

President Commissioner

Commissioner

Commissioner

Etik Meiwati

Managing Director

Ethik Meiwati studied S1 in Economic Management at Krisnadwipayana University. Her career began with becoming a Program Officer of PT. Remdec since 1995. She has also been involved in several organizations such as Insist Yogyakarta and PT. Kawanusa. In recent years, publications related to democracy, community development and disaster management have been published. Her experience as a consultant has been ongoing since 1998 by assisting government and non-government institutions.

Samson Atapary

President Commissioner

Sam is a businessman with more than 15 years of experience in managing the spice commodity business in Ambon, Maluku, and has successfully worked with clients from several countries to export the best spice commodities from eastern Indonesia. Sam has been active in several community empowerment activities (PNPM), the accelerated development program for underdeveloped areas in the Maluku Province region, providing advocacy for natural resources and the environment, mentoring nutmeg and copra farmers on Seram Island, Ambon and Banda Neira. Sam’s current focus is to make the native Maluku spice commodity a superior product for indigenous peoples and encourage the active involvement of sustainable businesses for cooperatives and indigenous peoples to be able to build a joint system with plantation farmers so that they can create transparent and fair trade.

Teria Salhuteru

Commissioner

Teria was born and raised in Ambon City, Maluku. Since 2014 she has been active as a fishery researcher, TV producer, and journalist (2014-2017) and in 2017, she became the founder of the Moluccas Coastal Care (MCC), an NGO which supported by the EcoNusa Foundation in carrying out programs to strengthen the independence of coastal communities and small islands in the Banda archipelago, Central Maluku. MCC is also active in environmental campaigns as an investment for the future. One of the efforts that Teria and her community have carried out regarding commodities is to provide assistance and education to local communities about how to seed and dry nutmeg, the main commodity in the Banda Islands. In 2021, Together with young people in Ambon and Banda Neira, Teria established the Anugerah Alam Maluku Cooperative (ANAM), which operates in the Spice commodity sector, aiming to prosper local farmers and to become a vehicle for local economic turnover to develop Natural and Human Resources.

Tori Kalami

Commissioner

The meaning of Forest and Land for the Moi Tribe is inseparable, the philosophical view of the Moi tribe is Tam Sini, something related to the heart. Because of this, forest and land cannot be separated and become a unitary part of the indigenous people of the Moi tribe, forest and human land, which is called Tam Sini. This is the philosophy of the tribe that raised Tori. Tori as Chair of the Malaumkarta Generation Youth Association (PGM) community, the Moi tribe who inhabit the areas of Malaumkarta, Suatolo, Mibi, and Malagufuk Villages, Makbon District, Sorong Regency, West Papua. Tori has been active for 19 years as an environmental activist and an activist for the protection of the indigenous people of the Moi Tribe. To continue to maintain the continuity and sustainability of the forest, together with the Moi tribal youth, they took the initiative to build the Egek Malaumkarta Raya Cooperative which aims to maintain sustainability, defense of the forest, land and people of the Moi tribe in an inseparable unit from the philosophical view of land, forest as tam here. . Tori also organizes indigenous peoples through the PLTMH (Micro Hydro Power Plant) program and also helps advocacy in the Making of Regional Regulation number 10 of 2017 Concerning Recognition and Protection of the Moi Tribe Indigenous People in Sorong Regency and also PERBUB Number 07 of 2017 in the Malaumkarta Raya Coastal Area regarding the Protection and Supervision of the Egek Area.

Mutual cooperation with KOBUMI is expected to generate benefits in terms of the quality of fishery commodities and an increase in the village economy of the Moi Tribe. It is time for the community to start moving together for a sustainable business to protect forests and indigenous peoples.