Walhi Asks Govt to Respect UNESCO's Concern over Komodo National Park

3 August 2021 17:27 WIB

Tourists are seeing a sleeping Komodo dragon in the Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, July 2, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic that has hit the tourism sector, has forced the government to continue to make arrangements in the Labuan Bajo area in the hope of boosting economic growth and tourism, which is currently declining. ANTARA PHOTOS/Rivan Awal Lingga

TEMPO.CO, JakartaExecutive Director of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) of East Nusa Tenggara, Umbu Wulang, asked the government to respect UNESCO's concern about the development project in the Komodo National Park

UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) previously asked that the tourism development project in the island be halted as it potentially affected the outstanding universal value (OUV).

“We ask the government to respect UNESCO's decision, admit mistakes in the development of large-scale investor-based tourism projects, and revoke all permits for large-scale natural tourism projects in Komodo National Park,” said Wulang to Tempo on Tuesday, August 3.

He said the government should focus on integrated and sustainable efforts to protect the island ecosystem and prioritize the green economy of the people in developing the areas.

Walhi claimed it was pleased about UNESCO’s concern and expressed its appreciation to the global organization for protecting the man and biosphere area. However, Walhi urged UNESCO to directly monitor the development projects in Komodo National Park, which are still underway in Rinca Island.

Read: Sandiaga Uno Vows Komodo Island Tourism Projects Will Prioritize Ecosystem

FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA



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