In The Midst Of The Covid-19 Pandemic, The East Kalimantan Local Government And Parliament Are Rushing To Immediately Pass The Provincial Bill On Coastal Zone And Small Island Zonation Plan

In these times of distress amid this Covid-19 pandemic, the East Kalimantan Province Government and Parliament are instead pushing to pass the Provincial Bill on Coastal Zone and Small Island Zonation Plan (RZWP3K) that will seize the living space of coastal communities and destroy coastal and seascapes. The Special Committee is aiming to hold a hearing on 16 June 2020 and will Bill into Provincial Regulation.

We the Civil Society Coalition for Coastal and Small Islands Justice have a critical note on the work of the Local Parliament Special Committee, which to date has never held public consultations, especially with coastal and fishing communities in East Kalimantan Province. This clearly violates Law No. 27 of 2007 juncto Law No. 1 of 2014 on the Management of Coastal Areas and Small Islands, specifically Article 7 which states that in the formulation of the management plan for coastal zone and small islands, the Local Government involves the public, and Article 14 stating mechanism for the formulation of the RZWP-3-K is carried out by including the public. The area being mapped is the area where the coastal community lives, and so their lives will be directly affected if this bill is passed. There is also a potential socio-cultural shift in the East Kalimantan coastal community, with the loss of fishing villages and lack of space for fishers to catch fish. In the future, the coastal community in East Kalimantan will only be spectators looking at their own seas.

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NEWSLETTER: Civil society coalition for coastal and small islands justice


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