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Indonesia zoning plan hurts fishers, favors coal and oil, activists say by Basten Gokkon December 05,2019   |  Source: Mongabay

Environmental activists in Indonesia have slammed a proposed zoning plan for coastal areas in eastern Borneo that they say will hurt the livelihoods of local fishing communities in favor of the extractives and plantation industries.

The government of the province of East Kalimantan has for the past few years been drafting the plan, referred to as RZWP3K, with an eye to resolving land disputes in coastal areas and small islands. These conflicts typically pit local communities against mining, agriculture and tourism businesses, and part of the plan is to designate areas for fishing grounds, conservation and other maritime purposes.

But the latest draft of the plan, presented at a public hearing on Nov. 27, drew criticism from the People’s Alliance for Maritime Justice, a coalition of environmental NGOs.

“The zoning plan for East Kalimantan must be rejected because it isn’t drafted for the interests of the people, particularly that of the fishermen,” Seny Sebastian, from the Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam), one of the NGOs in the alliance, said in a statement.

The group’s key objections are that the plan, as it stands, would unfairly benefit the coal and oil and gas industries; allow reclamation activities by property developers; and permit the building of


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