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Indonesia needs a good squatting law?

Sunday, July 22, 2007

I have just watched Robert Neuwirth's presentation at the 2005 TED Talk. He explained that in 2030, there will be 2 billion squatters, or one in every people in the planet is a squatter. In his presentation, he explained some squatter laws in several countries, for example the 24-hour rule in Turkey which established that if a person manages to erect a building in 24 hours, they cannot be evicted without court orders.

What Neuwirth has elaborated is enermously significant, my latest newspaper article also discussed this issue:
In a recent report, the United Nations Family Planning Agency (UNFPA) predicted half the world's population would be living in cities by next year, with the figure expected to grow.

This presents challenges for more effective land use, transportation and the fulfillment of minimum daily subsistence. Cities that fail to meet these challenges will become "failed cities", marked by the rise of megaslums.

In addition to the focus towards FEW (Food-Energy-Water) laws and infrastructure, these developments requires a reformulation of property rights, which can be in the form of (i) limitation of land-ownership period, (ii) redistribution of land-ownership in cities after several generations, (iii) developing squatting laws, (iv) access to local politics.

As for the squatting law part, Neuwirth mentioned the Russian example which passed a law to allow rural land occupants to gain legal title to their holdings, as advocated by Hernando de Soto.

To get a grip on this issue, watch Neuwirth's TED presentation here: