Publication / 21 april 2017

Social justice at bay: The Dutch role in Jakarta's coastal defence and land reclamation

A multi-billion infrastructure project is underway in Indonesia, meant to protect the city of Jakarta against future flooding. Although there is no doubt that protecting Jakarta against floods is becoming increasingly urgent, this research report by Both ENDS, SOMO and TNI raises serious questions about the way this is done and about the role of the Netherlands in this so-called ‘National Capital Integrated Coastal Development programme’ (NCICD). Implementation the current plans for the NCICD-project will not offer the people of Jakarta a solution that is socially, environmentally and financially sustainable in the long term.


The Master Plan for this project was drawn up by a consortium of Dutch engineering and consultancy companies. The Dutch government, through its development aid budget, has supported the design phase and is likely to remain closely involved. However, this report by SOMO, Both ENDS and TNI shows that the NCICD and related projects in Jakarta Bay are likely to damage the environment and could threaten the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people who rely on the local fishing industry. 

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