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  • Indonesia Launches One Map Policy Geoportal to Improve Investment Climate

    Indonesia Launches One Map Policy Geoportal to Improve Investment Climate

    The Indonesian government launched the One Map Policy Geoportal (KSP Geoportal). This policy involves a more detailed map of land use, hence aiming at resolving overlapping claims - as well as preventing the emergence of new cases - across the country, including in forest areas. The map was launched by Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday (11/12).

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  • Boosting Certainty through Indonesia's Land Certification Program

    Boosting Certainty through Indonesia's Land Certification Program

    The government of Indonesia will raise efforts to accelerate the land certification program. By 2025 it targets all land across Indonesia to be certified, hence no longer being plagued by unclarity regarding the legal status of land. Sofan Djalil, Minister of Land and Spatial Planning, said his ministry targets to issue 1.03 million new land certificates this year, followed by five million in 2017, seven million in 2018, and nine million in 2019. After 2019, the ministry targets to issue 10 million land certificates per year. Clarity about land ownership improves social justice and makes infrastructure projects less difficult.

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  • Diplomatic Relations Indonesia & China: Another Illegal Fishing Incident

    Diplomatic Relations Indonesia & China: Another Illegal Fishing Incident

    Diplomatic relations between Indonesia and China face another challenge as reports suggest that the Indonesian navy fired at an illegal Chinese fishing boat near the Natuna Islands in the South China Sea on Saturday (18/06). According to Chinese sources the incident injured one Chinese fisherman, while Indonesian sources claim there had been no injuries. The waters in the South China Sea are claimed by China, while Indonesia considers these waters part of its exclusive economic zone.

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  • Batang Plant: Test Case for Indonesia's Land Acquisition Act

    Batang Plant: Test Case for Indonesia's Land Acquisition Act

    Land acquisition remains a major obstacle to infrastructure development in Indonesia. Full-scale construction of the USD $4 billion Batang plant, a 2 GW coal-fired power plant in Central Java, is waiting for the final ruling of Indonesia's Supreme Court near the year-end. This court case is an important one as it will be the first court case to test Indonesia's Law No.2/2012 on Land Procurement for Development in the Public Interest (known as the 'Land Acquisition Act'). The Batang plant is a public-private partnership (PPP) project.

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  • Urbanization in Indonesia: World Bank Supports Urban Planning

    Urbanization in Indonesia: World Bank Supports Urban Planning

    The World Bank estimates that by 2025 Indonesia will have 68 percent of its population living in cities or urban communities. As such, Indonesia’s cities are among the fastest growing cities in the world. However, without a unified spatial data system, urban planning is a daunting task while urbanization challenges become harder to predict. The World Bank's City Planning Labs project provides support for the development of a single spatial data infrastructure in the cities of Indonesia.

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  • Indonesia Vulnerable to Land Disputes as Few Plantation Estate is Registered

    70% of Indonesian Plantation Estate Unregistered; Vulnerable to Land Disputes

    The plantation sector of Indonesia is vulnerable to land disputes. Noor Marzuki, a Director at the National Land Agency (Badan Pertanahan Nasional, or BPN), a non-departmental government institution, said that currently only 30 percent of Indonesia's total plantation estate area has been registered at the BPN. This implies that 70 percent of Indonesian plantation estates are unregistered and thus susceptible to land conflicts. The total size of Indonesia's plantation estate area is 120 million hectares.

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