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Fisherfolk, locals fight for rights as zoning plans ignore their wellbeing

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, January 30, 2020   /  05:33 pm
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Fishing activities commonly take place along the southern coastal road, particularly in Baron, Tepus and Girisubo.(JP/Stefanus Ajie)

Land conflicts in coastal areas are expected to increase this year as provinces draft their coastal areas and small island zoning plans without taking into account fisherfolk and people living in those areas, according to environmentalists. Twelve provinces, including Jakarta and Banten, are still in deliberations, while 22 other provinces have signed their zoning plans and passed them into bylaws. “There are two factors that will have detrimental effects [on coastal residents] in 2020, zoning plans and omnibus laws, which will cause investment to flood the region at the expense of people’s wellbeing,” People's Coalition for Fisheries Justice’s (Kiara) secretary-general Susan Herawati told The Jakarta Post during the group’s annual report release event on Tuesday. In its report, Kiara slammed President Jok...