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Jakarta Post

Watershed water law

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, September 19 2019   /  01:14 am

After four years of not having an up-to-date water law, the House of Representatives passed on Tuesday a law on water resources that is meant to prioritize public access to Indonesia’s fresh water as mandated by the famous Article 33 of the 1945 Constitution, which reads, “the land, the waters and the natural resources within shall be under the powers of the state and shall be used to the greatest benefit of the people”. The new law is to replace the old 1974 Water Law that was reinstated in 2015 after the Constitutional Court revoked the 2004 Water Law, ending years of legal vacuum and providing stronger legal grounds for managing domestic water resources. The new law provides more recognition of water as a public commodity. In catering to nationalistic arguments during the 2015 judicial review, that the 2004 law’s openness to privatizing water resources management violated...