Hapin finds it important that continued attention is paid to Indonesian Papua in Dutch society. There are historical ties, still well known to a considerable group of most elderly persons. There are Papuans living in the Netherlands, and there is a lot of (scientific) knowledge and material (archives, artefacts) available.

Moreover, there are intrinsic reasons why the world, and not just the Netherlands, should take notice of Papua and New Guinea. It is one of the last areas in the world with huge tracts of primary topical forest, containing an enormous biodiversity. Furthermore, the land shows the typical problems associated with an indigenous minority population living within a larger political entity. Problems that need to be addressed which is Hapin’s raison d’etre.

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