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Village Boundaries Mapped, Mamuju’s Potentials Ready to be Developed

VILLAGE BOUNDARIES MAPPED, MAMUJU’S POTENTIALS READY TO BE DEVELOPED

Mamuju – Village boundary mapping and setting is the foundation for government and community to develop their region. Through Participatory Mapping and Planning (PMaP) project, MCA-Indonesia has facilitated a series of activities to map and demarcate village boundaries in Mamuju District. The result was officially handed over to the Government of Mamuju District on May 18th, 2017.

The Head of Village Governance, Mamuju Office of Village Community Empowerment, Muhammad Fauzan Basir said, “This is the only model whereby community members take an active role in determining their village boundaries. Therefore, the village government and the community can obtain a clear and indisputable village boundary, both on the map and in the field.”

PMaP in West Sulawesi has successfully completed participatory mapping and planning activities in Mamuju and Mamasa Districts. Currently, the geospatial data and spatial plan are being developed at the district level. The Head of Mamuju District has signed decrees on village boundaries in Bonehau Sub-District (9 villages) and Kalumpang Sub-District (13 villages). In addition, Geographical Information System (GIS) training, spatial planning workshop and Information Management System (IMS) trainings have been conducted to equip the local government and communities with the knowledge and skills required to continue the activities. A series of workshops to facilitate regional data reconciliation is also underway.

“Participatory village boundary setting is a key element to support the One Map Policy at the national level. This process enables regional development planning to be more accurate,” said Lukas Adhyakso, Deputy Executive Director of MCA-Indonesia. “We hope this activity can be replicated as a good practice in other areas to ensure that development activities are equally distributed in all areas.”

The Head of West Sulawesi Provincial Development Planning Agency (Bappeda), Junda Maulana, said that MCA-Indonesia’s activities have yielded great result on economic growth in West Sulawesi Province. In the first trimester of 2017, West Sulawesi’s economic growth reached 7.38% while in the same period last year, the growth was only 6.63%.

He is optimistic that the partnerships initiated by MCA-Indonesia such as sustainable cocoa farming, renewable energy and green knowledge will continue to boost economic growth in the area. “The implementation of ongoing programs that are soon to be completed should be optimized, the lessons learned and recommendations should be shared so that its sustainability could be discussed between the Provincial Government, District Government and other relevant parties,” said Maulana. (Intan Febriani/MCA-Indonesia)