TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Head of the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) tourism agency Wayan Darmawa confirmed the temporary closure of Komodo Island early in the year 2020. The famed island located within the Komodo National Park area plans to close for a whole year.
“As of the closure of the Komodo Island, it is almost sure, we decide to close the island next year,” said Wayan on Wednesday, July 17.
This decision is a direct follow-up to a meeting between the NTT administration and the Environment and Forestry Ministry (KLHK) in Jakarta.
According to Wayan, the issues discussed in the meeting include the island’s preparation, assessment, and management. He reported that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo personally agreed to this decision.
NTT Governor Viktor B Laiskodat had long announced that his administration will spend up to Rp100 billion to rehabilitate Komodo Island. “We will rehabilitate the Komodo Island,” said the governor keenly.
Viktor said that this move is seriously needed to preserve the komodo species and prevent their extinction due to lack of food source and the frequent fights that spark between the komodos because of that reason.