Representives of Komodo population, the youth, the elders and Formapp Mabar, NGO Sunspirit for Justice and peace came to the office of Ministry of environnement et forestry of Indonesia (Kementrian Lingukungan Hidup dan Kehutanan/KLKH), on Saturday, August 3rd 2019. Polemics related to the pros and cons of the planned closure of Komodo Island and the relocation of local residents apparently are now increasingly finding a bright spot.
After representatives of elements of the Komodo community and a number of NGOs visited the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia (KLHK RI) in Jakarta on Saturday, August 3, 2019, the central government through the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, finally ensured that the planned closure of the Komodo island and the relocation of local residents would not be conducted 2020, as planned by the Governor of NTT who has enlivened the public space and now gave birth to pros and cons in society lately.
This certainty was conveyed by the Directorate General of Conservation of Natural Resources and Ecosystems (KSDAE), Wiratno, when entertaining a number of representatives of the Mabar community elements, consisting of, the Komodo Village Indigenous Leaders, Youth Leaders, Mabar Formapp activists, Sunspirit For Peach and Justic NGOs, Science NGOs Last Saturday (3/8/2019).
Answering questions from a number of delegations, Wiratno stressed that the authority of the Komodo National Park conservation area is the authority of the Central Government, through the Ministry of KLHK, not the authority of the NTT Governor, Viktor B. Laiskodat. Because of this, emphatically, Diriya said he refused the plan to close the island of Komodo and relocate residents.
The Directorate General of Conservation of Natural Resources and Ecosystems (KSDAE), Wiratno, when entertaining a number of representatives of elements of the Mabar community, which consisted of, Komodo Village Indigenous Leaders, Youth Leaders, Mabar Formapp activists, Sunspirit For Peach and Justic NGOs, Science NGOs, Saturday (Saturday) 8/3/2019) then.
“Regarding the plan to evict the residents and the closure of the Komodo island, it is not our plan from KLHK. Therefore, I reject the closure plan, because they are residents who have been there since before Indonesia’s independence and are a unified ecosystem that cannot be separated in the Komodo National Park. I also reject the eviction and closure, “said Wiratno.
Meanwhile, the TNK problem, he admitted, so far his party was looking for a solution by creating a carrying capacity or cargo capacity that would enter the area, such as ship management and so on.
When asked about the problems that were happening in the KNP so that the NTT Provincial Government planned to close the Komodo Island and relocate the local residents, Wiratno answered, it had given a decree to the Integrated Team from the Ministry to thoroughly investigate the Komodo National Park.
Related to the empowerment of the Komodo village community, Wiratno, admitted that his party had communicated with related parties to build a permanent bridge and other facilities for the Komodo village community.
“We have called the relevant parties so that a permanent bridge will be built for the Komodo village community and other facilities,” said Witano.
A number of representatives of West Manggarai community members who came to the Ministry of KLHK in Jakarta, Saturday, August 3, 2019 included representatives of the Kampung Komodo, Habsy, H. Akbar, a number of Komodo Village Youth Leaders, Formabar Mabar activists, Rafael Todowela, NGO Sunspirit For peach & Justic , and the NGO Science, Doni Parera.