The government has big plans for West Papua, including the introduction of nickel mines in Raja Ampat. This mine on Kawe island has been temporarily shut down due to fighting between different parties. The mine is hoping to get the go ahead to continue operating soon, at the moment the island is patrolled by heavy security and is causing a rift amongst local villagers. Due to its incredibly remote location, these mines are able to operate with almost no environmental impact assessment. Waste and sediment are left to wash out to sea decimating the fishing grounds which support local communities and suffocating coral reefs.
About James Morgan
James is a multi award-winning film director and photojournalist. His in-depth photographic features have appeared in National Geographic, The Guardian, BBC, Sunday Times and many others, while his film work spans features, documentaries, commercials and music videos with clients ranging from Sony and Adidas to Vice and Mercedes Benz. James is represented by both Panos Pictures and Getty Images in London and is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Find out more about James and his work.