News | International
28 Oct 2020 15:33
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > International

    Indonesia's Jurassic Park-inspired tourist attraction worries Komodo dragon fans

    Indonesia's Komodo dragons are famous around the world, but plans to make them the stars of a Jurassic Park-inspired tourist attraction has conservationists worried.


    The world's largest lizards are the venomous Komodo dragons, a reptile with an ancient lineage that can only be found on handful of Indonesian islands, isolated from the rest of the world.

    Indonesia's Komodo National Park is home to around 4,000 of the creatures, which are believed to have roamed the region for around a million years.

    The park sprawls across three large islands — Komodo, Rinca and Padar — as well as 26 smaller islands, covering a total surface area of more than 1,800 square kilometres.

    Established in 1980, the Komodo National Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991. The area is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

    Yet, despite these protections, in October last year the Indonesian Government unveiled controversial plans to turn part of the site into a Jurassic Park-style tourist attraction.

    Earlier this month, the architects behind the idea shared a video rendering of the proposed attraction, accompanied by music from the Jurassic Park film franchise.

    Some locals and conservationists are opposed to the new development, and say the proposed concrete-based construction would harm the dragon's natural habitat.

    The Indonesian Government plans to spend 69 billion Indonesia Rupiah ($6.5 million) on the Rinca Island development, which will include a 1.3 hectare geopark and a 4,000 square metre information centre.

    Wide opposition to new development

    Akbar Allayubi, a Komodo Island resident, has worked as a park tour guide for the last seven years.

    He told the ABC residents were not consulted or involved in the decision to develop more tourism infrastructure on the islands.

    "Our definition of conservation has nothing to do with making financial benefits," Mr Allayubi said.

    "According to our ancestors, conservation means to live together with the Komodo dragons within its own ecosystem," Mr Allayubi said.

    There's concern that a plan to drill wells supporting the proposed facility may eventually damage Rinca Island's wildlife habitat, which depends on the island's natural water sources.

    Jatna Supriatna, chairman of the Research Centre for Climate Change at the University of Indonesia, said such worries needed to be addressed by both the government and the site architects.

    "When it comes to [the debate of using] concrete or not, I would say the materials have to be adjusted to the nature of the island," Dr Supriatna said.

    Local businessman Aloysius Suhartim Karya, who is a representative for the islands' business community, demanded the Indonesian government halt the construction plan.

    "We demand the government to be completely transparent regarding its construction and immediately consult the public beforehand," Mr Karya said.

    The Jurassic Park-style development is a small part of an Indonesian Government tourism investment program, which is still aiming to create "new Balis" around the country, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    Shana Fatina, managing director of the local tourism authority, said the development on Rinca Island was in accordance with regulations and would not interrupt conservation efforts.

    Ms Fatina said the proposal had gone through a long process, which required an environmental impact assessment, and that the natural habitat of the Komodo dragons had been taken into account.

    She said UNESCO and the Indonesia's Ministry of Environment and Forestry had been consulted.

    Environmentalists opposed to the national park development have protested three times since February, but are yet to receive a response from the government.

    © 2020 ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved


     Other International News
     28 Oct: Consumer prices surge 1.6 per cent over September quarter as free childcare policy ends
     28 Oct: Five quick questions answered about finding water on the Moon
     28 Oct: When will we know the results of the 2020 US election? It could get complicated
     28 Oct: UK records highest daily COVID-19 death toll since May, study shows declining antibody immunity
     28 Oct: Deb Frecklington says Queensland had four consecutive years of the highest unemployment in the nation before the pandemic. Is that correct?
     28 Oct: How to prepare yourself — and your brain — to face bushfires
     27 Oct: 'Detached' reef bigger than Empire State building discovered in 500 metres of water off Queensland
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    The Barbarians who broke coronavirus protocols ahead of their scheduled rugby match with England, will not face a police investigation More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    A penalty for overcharging customers at one of Auckland's biggest supermarkets, Pak'nSave Mangere More...



     Today's News

    Cricket:
    Fraser Sheat has ripped through the Wellington batting line-up to give Canterbury the advantage on day one of the second round of the Plunket Shield 15:27

    Entertainment:
    Lily James "threw a tantrum" on a movie set over the Spice Girls 15:25

    Netball:
    The Silver Ferns are looking to improve their work off the ball in tonight's first netball test against England in Hamilton 14:57

    Entertainment:
    Anthony Mackie "cared deeply" about Chadwick Boseman 14:55

    Politics:
    Consumer prices surge 1.6 per cent over September quarter as free childcare policy ends 14:37

    Entertainment:
    Jennifer Lopez found it hard to be treated as an equal in the film industry 14:25

    Netball:
    Netball New Zealand's setting the standard for Covid-19 recovery, with the first post-pandemic international test match tonight 14:07

    Cricket:
    Wickets galore in the opening session of the second round of cricket's Plunket Shield 14:07

    Entertainment:
    Khloe Kardashian is “hopeful about [her] future” with Tristan Thompson 13:55

    Business:
    A penalty for overcharging customers at one of Auckland's biggest supermarkets, Pak'nSave Mangere 13:47


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2020 New Zealand City Ltd