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Visitors of Komodo National Park prohibited from cigarette butt littering

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The Jakarta Post

- | Sun, July 8, 2018 | 07:04 am
Visitors of Komodo National Park prohibited from cigarette butt littering

Following a fire that burned 10 hectares of savannah on Komodo Island, the national park operator in East Nusa Tenggara has prohibited visitors from cigarette butt littering. . (Shutterstock/File)

Following a fire that burned 10 hectares of savannah on Komodo Island, the national park operator in East Nusa Tenggara has prohibited visitors from cigarette butt littering. It took one day to extinguish the fire in early June.

Komodo National Park operator head Budi Kurniawan told kompas.com on Monday that his office had issued the letter that banned the littering of cigarette butts.

“Cigarette butts can start forest fires, so we need to ban cigarette stump littering, said Budi.”

He went on to say that visitors who ignored the ban could face arrest.

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Apart from the dry season, human activities are said to have contributed to the savannah fire, therefore once again Budi affirmed that the littering of cigarette stumps and bonfires were prohibited in the Komodo tourist area.

The park’s operator has reportedly coordinated with the Environment and Forestry Ministry on the matter. (mut)

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