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Jakarta Post

One Map Policy’s success hinges on local involvement

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 22 2016   /  08:34 am

Indonesia’s ambitious One Map Policy, which aims to produce a single, integrated, nationwide database of various political and economic information by 2019, is doomed to fail if the process only happens at the national level, but not at the local.

In February, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued Presidential Decree No. 9/2016 on the One Map Policy to speed up the implementation of the policy as mandated by Law No. 4/2011 on geospatial information. The One Map Policy aims to solve problems, such as rampant land disputes, that have arisen from the use of different data and maps for decades.

The Geospatial Information Agency (BIG), as the government institution tasked with creating the single map, has finished the first stage of the project, which is the compilation of maps from all government agencies.

“We have completed the compilation [phase] this July. All...