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Wednesday , 13 December 2017
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Indonesia to count its Islands

Under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), an island is defined as a naturally formed area of land, surrounded by water, which is still exposed at high tide.

Indonesia has so many islands it has never been able to fully count or name them.

The move to count the islands and registering their names is aimed at protecting territory and resources.

If outlying islands are recognized by the UN, it could help Indonesia claim sovereignty over the surrounding waters – which are disputed by neighboring countries.

A 1996 law estimated the number of islands in the world’s biggest archipelago at 17,508.

But the Indonesian government is now hoping to get a definite number in time for a United Nations meeting in August.

They hope registering them all with the UN will help protect Indonesia’s vast territory and its rich fishing resources.

Under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), an island is defined as a naturally formed area of land, surrounded by water, which is still exposed at high tide.

The name of an island can be officially recognized if it is known by at least two local people.

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