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Securing land rights through a science-based land administration reform

Securing land rights through a science-based land administration reform

From 2007 through 2012, East Kalimantan Program, supported by Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), held a multidisciplinary research in Kutai District of East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Part of the collaborative research is a socio-legal research which examined the extent to which the informal and formal resource tenure have been made and implemented.

The research discovered preliminary findings which suggested that unclear regulation and sever lack of land administration have been the prominent caused of land insecurity. From 2009-2010, the research work together closely with the district land agency in carrying out some activities aiming at improving the capacity of the district, sub-district and village government officials.

The collaboration has given a rise of awareness of the importance of having clear regulation concerning cultivation land. It then rested on the making of a regulation of district head. This presentation will describe the mentioned land insecurity issue and how the collaboration was held and brought about concrete impacts.