Komodo National Park Continue to Tackle Trash, Waste Problems



Mahinda Arkyasa

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe threat of trash waste - which continues to pose major problems at the Komodo National Park - is currently being handled by the West Manggarai Environmental and Sanitation Agency after they reportedly collect up to 10 tons of trash on a daily basis patrolling areas within the Komodo Island and Labuan Bajo.

    The importance of maintaining cleanliness at the conservation was expressed by the Head of the Komodo National Park, Lukita Awan, who is pushing for people to constantly promote environmentally friendly lifestyles.

    "We are grateful that people are increasingly taking notice about the trash problems in Labuan Bajo, especially at the Komodo National Park," said the head of the national park on October 8, 2020.

    Lukita said that the trash that fills numerous areas in the Komodo Island and its vicinity consists of inland trashes that are washed into the ocean and ocean wastes that are swept to the island's coastlines.

    Separately, the Forestry and Environment Ministry's director-general of waste management, Rosa Vivien Ratnawati said the problem of plastic waste is not the responsibility of just one party, but it would need a major collective effort from stakeholders, especially considering that West Manggarai is eyeing make the Labuan Bajo Premium tourism as a trash-free destination by 2025.