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Jakarta Post

The tarnished beauty of Gili Trawangan

Wed, January 31, 2018   /   08:34 am
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    Ugly truth: Behind the comfort of five-star hotels on Gili Trawangan, West Nusa Tenggara, are piles of garbage left unattended due to poor waste management. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

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    Ignorance: Most locals on Gili Trawangan also seem not to respect their own environment. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

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    Heavy contrast: Posh cottages and residences in Gili Trawangan are often located nearby garbage areas. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

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    Dark waters: Liquid waste from nearby factories and companies directly goes directly into the ocean. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

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    Ocean carpet: Gili Kapal, a small islet near Gili Trawangan, becomes submerged during high tide. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

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    Connectivity: Locals build a bridge for mangrove tourism. JP/ Tarko Sudiarno

Tarko Sudiarno

Gili Trawangan island in West Nusa Tenggara nowadays is like a beautiful work of art that has been damaged through neglect.

The island, which became famous among tourists for its natural beauty, has been buried deeper under piles of garbage in recent years.

The piles of garbage have become very damaging to the local environment and over time could negatively impact tourism on the island.

For years, hotels and restaurants have been very ignorant in their waste management practices, which include disposing their trash and liquid waste onto the white sandy beaches surrounding the island.

The large number of tourists coming to the island – up to 3,000 per day - also adds an environmental burden to Gili Trawangan, which is home to only 2,000 locals. The area is in dire need of proper

waste management, according to non-government environmentalist organization Blue Carbon Consortium activist Akbar A. Digdo.

“We do not want other islands in Lombok, which are still relatively free from tourism, to suffer the same fate in the future,” Akbar said.

The Blue Carbon Consortium, Akbar said, has collaborated with locals so they can develop proper waste management to save their living environment.

The consortium also educated tourists to become more responsible and aware of the importance of keeping Gili Trawangan clean.

“We initiated a movement called ‘one visitor, one bag’. Using this, we try to encourage tourists to bring their own garbage bags when they visit the island,” Akbar said.