Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Aviation Expansion in Indonesia

A new report Airport Expansion in Indonesia:tourism, land struggles, economic zones and aerotropolis projects  has been published jointly by TWN Third World Network and Global Anti-Metropolis Movement (GAAM). Aviation expansion drive in Indonesia is geared towards promoting tourism as a new engine of economic growth. But new airports, and expansion of existing airports, frequently entails displacement of communities, loss of farmland and deforestation. The 64-page report looks at 58 airports - operational, under construction and still in the planning stage - and documents land rights struggles relating to 25 projects. The report accompanies GAAM’s digital map, Aviation Expansion in Indonesia, which integrates spatial information with text and images.

Aviation expansion in Indonesia is linked to new Special Economic Zones (SEZs), designated for industrial and tourism development, provided with surface transportation networks and other supportive infrastructure and lavished with tax breaks. Several SEZs have been bestowed with long stretches of coastline boasting white sand beaches, natural assets that are a cornerstone of tourism. There are a number of plans for aerotropolis-style developments. Two of these projects - currently under construction in Java: Kulon Progo and Kertajati – have experienced vigorous and long-standing resistance from communities being forced to leave their homes and productive agricultural land. A number of aerotropolis-type plans are integrated with development of tourist resorts that aspire to become aviation-dependent destinations in their own right.

For paper copies of the report, please contact: Third World Network, 131 Jalan Macalister, 10400 Penang, Malaysia, Tel: 60-4-2266728/2266159, Fax: 60-4-2264505, Email: twn@twnetwork.org.

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