East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat has on several occasions proposed for the temporary closure of Komodo National Park and eventual handover of its management to the provincial administration. The Jakarta Post’s correspondent, Markus Makur, takes a closer look at the issue and presents his findings in this Special Report.

by Markus Makur

As a conservation area, Komodo National Park in West Manggarai regency, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), is by law under the responsibility of the central government, specifically the Environment and Forestry Ministry. The park’s management and every decision made related to the park is under the authority of the ministry. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Komodo National Park is composed of several islands apart from Komodo Island, including Padar and Rinca, as well as other islets. Komodo dragons are a rare, protected species endemic to the park and some other regencies in Flores, NTT. As a tourist center, it is the only place in the world where visitors can watch Komodo dragons in their habitat. This fact has attracted tourists all over the world and made this national park one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia. Since November 2018, the NTT provincia...