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New Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA), Java, Indonesia

Farmers resist against eviction for New Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA) since 2011. NYIA is not just an airport infrastructure but an aerotropolis, i.e. recreational, business, residencial and industrial areas


Kulon Progo is allocated on the southern coastal area of ​​Yogyakarta Province. This place is one of nature's most important reserves in Java. This area is included in the list of 14 sand dunes in the world that have special functions as reducing the danger of tsunami threat, intrusion prevention or seawater infiltration to groundwater layer, and inhibit erosion of coastal land by waves. Moreover, since the 1980s, this area has been allocated to agriculture economies as the way of life of the surrounding residents. However this coast region is interested by extractive project investments too: iron sand mining, infrastructure and tourism [9, 10].  The government has revealed plans to develop surrounding areas of Borobudur temple in Magelang regency, Central Java as new tourist destinations, including Bener district, Salaman and Tritis [4]. In order to develop tourism, a new international airport for Yogyakarta was announced in 2011. This way, touristic routes will take people to new tourist destinations and then to the well known Borobudur temple (Buddhist stupa and temple complex in Central Java dating back to the 8th century and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site). Moreover, in 2017, it was also announced that the overall plan was including not only the airport but also a city surrounding the airport with entertainment venues, hotels, other infrastructure and mining industries. 

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:New Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA), Java, Indonesia
State or province:Java
Location of conflict:Kulon progo, Yogyakarta
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Tourism facilities (ski resorts, hotels, marinas)
Ports and airport projects
Transport infrastructure networks (roads, railways, hydroways, canals and pipelines)
Specific commodities:Land
Tourism services
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Indonesia already has 237 airports and between 2010 and 2015 passenger numbers tripled to reach 88.7 million. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) projects continued aviation growth in Indonesia, anticipating 219 million passengers in 2034, the world’s fourth fastest growth rate after China, the US and India.

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Project area:2,000
Level of Investment for the conflictive project500,000,000
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:11,501 directly under eviction threat or already displaced
Start of the conflict:2011
Company names or state enterprises:PT Angkasa Pura from Indonesia
GVK Power and Infractructure (GVK) from India -
Relevant government actors:Indonesian Government, State Owner Enterprise (SOE), Army, Police, and Satpol PP, National Land Agency (BPN) in Kulon Progo Regency.
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Paguyuban Warga Penolak Penggusuran Kulon Progo (PWPP-KP)
Wahana Tri Tunggal Farmers Organization (WTT)
Yogyakarta Legal Aid (LBH Yogyakarta)
Jogja Darurat Agraria (
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Local ejos
Social movements
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Artistic and creative actions (eg guerilla theatre, murals)
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Land occupation
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Refusal of compensation
Groups of students protect the houses to avoid evicted, clean and protect religious places, put the Indonesian shield in the houses as it's forbidden by government to touch that symbol.
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil erosion, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Potential: Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Soil contamination, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsPotential: Malnutrition, Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Violence related health impacts (homicides, rape, etc..), Health problems related to alcoholism, prostitution
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession
Potential: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment
Project StatusUnder construction
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Criminalization of activists
Strengthening of participation
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Sources & Materials
Juridical relevant texts related to the conflict (laws, legislations, EIAs, etc)

UUPA/ Undang-undang Pokok Agrarian Tahun 1960

References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

[2] Rose Bridger. 2017. Aviation expansion in Indonesia Aerotropolis Update Tourism, land struggles, economic zones and aerotropolis projects
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[9] Rose Bridger (GAAM) Courageous resistance to forced eviction for New Yogyakarta International Airport
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[10] GAAM: Resisting Kulon Progo Airport – inspirational artwork. September 4, 2017
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Pramilla Deva. 2018. Flight-path farmers pushed out
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[3] Construction of 57 New Airports to Start in the Next 5 Years. 2015
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[4] Govt to develop new tourist destinations around Borobudur.2016.
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[5] Perjuangan WTT Kulon Progo (Kulon Progo's struggle)
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[6] Perjalanan perjuangan masyarakat Pesisir Kulon Progo dalam menolak pembangunan bandara.2015
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[7] Kulon Progo airport development violates human rights: Komnas Ham.2015.
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[8] INDONESIA: Police and Army attack residents protesting airport expansion. Asian Human Rights Commission.2016
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[11] Protesters to Stop Jokowi from Groundbreaking Yogya New Airport
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[13] Islands in focus: Hunger strike over Kulon Progo airport continues
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[14] Hasto: Warga Penolak Bandara Diprovokasi Orang Luar. 15/1/2018
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[15] Delapan Investor Perhotelan Sudah Tancap Taring di Temon
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[16] AP I: Pembangunan Bandara NYIA Kulon Progo Tetap Sesuai Target
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[17] PWPP-KP: Mau Saja Ditemui, Asal Bukan Soal Bandara
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[17] Hasto Siap Tawarkan Lahan Pertanian 10 Hektare untuk Warga Penolak Bandara
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GVK India to invest US500 million in the development of Kulon Progo Airport
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

[8] Infrastructure Development in Indonesia - Yogyakarta International Airport. #Jogja Darurat Agraria.
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[9] BERITA WARGA "Jangan lagi ada warga se-DIY ini yang digusur, diusir, berduka karena harus kehilangan ruang hidup dan penghidupannya" - #JogjaDaruratAgraria
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[12] News: Yogyakarta Residents Protest Airport Construction
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Jogja Darurat Agraria
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Against the Construction of Kulon Progo International Airport, Indonesia
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GAAM (Global Anti-aereotropolis Movement)
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Solar panels as alternative to elecricity
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Contributor:ICTA-UAB and Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement (GAAM)
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:3215
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