Published on : Thursday, September 7, 2017
Located in the West Maggarai regency, Labuan Bajo usually serves as the arrival point for tourists to continue on their journey to the famous Komodo National Park.
With rising a large number of visitors, Labuan Bajo faces less-than-desirable challenges, such as mounting trash, illegal fishing and coral vulnerability.
Susi Yanti, West Manggari staff of World Wildlife Fund said the Komodo National Park and its surrounding area, including the coastal area of Labuan Bajo, can compile in one day an average of 13 tons of trash. Susi Yanti also added that 80 percent comprise of plastic waste.
Dwi Putro Suguiarto, the administration head of Komodo National Park’s, explained that the three main sources of trash accumulated included those brought onto the coast from the ocean, visitors’ litter, as well as rubbish of local residents.
Dwi Putro Suguiarto also said that to solve the garbage problem in the islands within the Komodo National Park, there would be a waste ship assistance from the Transportation Ministry in 2018.
Komodo National Park, which in 2012 was determined to span across 173,200 hectares in area, produces one of the country’s highest economic contribution among all other national parks, Sugiarto said. The entrance revenue in the Komodo National Park in 2016 was worth Rp 22 billion.
Sugiarto also said that the national and international visitors between June and January 2017 reached 51,954 across both national and foreign tourists.
Throughout 2016, Komodo National Park welcomed 107,000 visitors.
The park official explained that despite the high number of tourists, the population of Komodo National Park is maintained at a stable rate, with 3,012 living in the area.
Sugiarto explained that seeing rare animals such as the Komodo, as well as diving to see the manta ray fish and sharks have become magnet for domestic and foreign tourists to visit the region.