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Jokowi to hold meeting on Papuan land-use rights

Jakarta Post - January 19, 2016

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is set to hold a limited Cabinet meeting to review land-use rights in Papua at his office on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Also to be discussed at the meeting is the acceleration of the development of the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE), a program that is part of the food sovereignty agenda formulated by Jokowi's administration.

The MIFEE program in Papua is expected to cover a 1.2-million-hectare area, or a quarter of Merauke, which has proven to be a tough project to implement due to land issues. The large agricultural project threatens conservation areas, such as virgin forests and water catchment areas as well as the habitat of indigenous Papuans.

The meeting will be followed by further discussions on the issuance of right to control the land (HPL) and land replacement allocations on Batam Island, Rampang, Setotok, Galang and Galang Baru.

President Jokowi is slated to discuss the land issues after attending a consultation meeting with government institution heads in the morning. (liz/kes)(+)

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/01/19/jokowi-hold-meeting-papuan-land-use-rights.html