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Indonesia has [embarked / earmarked] on the task of counting its islands [in / on] order to better protect its territory and [marinated / marine] resources. It hopes to locate and name an [additional / addition] 1,700 islands in [time / timely] for the UN Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names in August. Indonesia wants to claim [sovereignty / sovereign] and fishing rights [on / in] the waters surrounding the islands, many of which its neighbors also [clam / claim] . The Indonesian government says illegal fishing in its waters is [costed / costing] billions of dollars in lost revenue each year. A fisheries spokeswoman told the BBC: "Sixty per cent of islands in Indonesia don't have a name or officially [have / be] legal status, so they can easily be taken or claimed by another country."

Indonesia is the world's largest [archive / archipelago] . At the last UN conference on geographical names in 2012, Indonesia [registration / registered] 13,466 islands. A law in 1996 [estimation / estimated] that the number of islands [was / were] 17,508. The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea defines an island as, "a naturally [formed / farmed] area of land, surrounded by water, which is still exposed at [height / high] tide". A spokesman from Indonesia's Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries explained the scale of the [tusk / task] the counting team had. He said: "We have to visit every one of [them / these] islands, and then we note the coordinates, the name, the meaning of the name, the history of the land and describe the [landscape / portrait] and its geographical history…all that in [great / grate] detail."

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