Monday, 3 April 2017

Mapping aviation expansion in Indonesia

Having long been interested in the use of digital mapping for innovative communications, integrating spatial information with text, images and other media, I took the plunge and developed the content for the Aviation Expansion in Indonesia: tourism, land struggles, economic zones and aerotropolis projects map. It includes 60 airports, operational and at various stages of construction and planning, plus two projects that have been cancelled. Land rights is a key issue and there are struggles and disputes relating to at least 25 of the airports on the map. There are many instances of state repression against people resisting eviction from their homes and farmland.

Screengrab of digital map:Aviation Expansion in Indonesia
Aviation expansion is closely intertwined with a massive government tourism drive, and several airport projects are linked with economic zones. Aerotropolis style development is planned around a number of airports, including Kulon Progo and Kertajati airports currently under construction in Java. The map was created for Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement (GAAM) using the Storymap app, which is creating quite a buzz in the geospatial community. The national context to the information in the digital map will be explored in a forthcoming in-depth report about aviation expansion in Indonesia, which will be published by GAAM in partnership with the Third World Network (TWN).

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