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Jakarta Post

Conflicts in South Sumatra triggered by overlapping land

  • Yulia Savitri

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang, South Sumatra   /   Mon, August 5, 2019   /  02:11 pm
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One of the banners used during a protest reads: “Jokowi, help us. Reject the proposal of a mining road going through the remaining forest areas on the South Sumatra-Jambi borders”.(The Jakarta Post/Jon Afrizal)

South Sumatra is seen as the most vulnerable province to land conflicts on the island of Sumatra as 20 percent of its territory has overlapping functions, according to the One Map Policy Acceleration (KSP) team, which has been tasked with compiling and integrating 85 thematic maps of the archipelago. The head of the Geospatial Information Agency’s (BIG) Center of Thematic Integration and Mapping, Lien Rosalina, said the integrated map was not yet complete, but it had indicated that the 20 percent overlap was the biggest in Sumatra. Overlapping land claims, Lien explained, often led to land conflicts, such as when industrial areas take up fields allotted for other purposes or when farmers’ land cultivation rights (HGU) for a certain area are not in line with the region’s spatial planning. These incidents emerge when involved institutions and parties do not use t...