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NTB creates task force to tackle garbage on Mt Rinjani

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara   /   Tue, July 25, 2017   /   11:21 pm
NTB creates task force to tackle garbage on Mt Rinjani Keep it clean! Volunteers in Mt. Rinjani in Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara clear trash from along the trekking path. For two days on Dec. 10 to 11, 2016, about 500 volunteers picked up the trash and managed to bring down 1 ton of plastic garbage. (Courtesy of Rinjani National Park Management/File)

The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) administration through the province’s Tourism Agency has set up the Clean Rinjani Task Force, which will be specially assigned to tackle garbage in trekking areas of Mount Rinjani in Lombok. 

NTB Tourism Agency head Mohammad Faozal said the establishment of the Clean Rinjani Task Force was based on an instruction by Governor Muhammad Zainul Majdi. The task force was aimed at tackling waste problems on Rinjani and creating a comfortable environment for trekkers

“Rinjani has become an internationally known tourist destination; but, trash problems have continued to become an issue that needs to be resolved. The Rinjani Task Force will have the duty to handle waste-related problems from the upstream to downstream in Rinjani,” said Faozal.

He was speaking during the launch of the task force at the NTB Tourism Agency office in Mataram on Monday.  Representatives of the Mt.Rinjani National Park Agency (TNGR), business players and Rinjani Task Force members attended the event.

Faozal said the task force’s members would be posted at four strategic points comprising two main trekking entrance points in Senaru village in North Lombok and in Sembalun village in East Lombok and two campgrounds located in Pelawangan and at lake Segara Anakan. 

“The officers will educate and inform hikers not to throw garbage anywhere they like and to maintain cleanliness and collect waste in their surroundings. TNGR workers will later collect the trash and put it in proper disposal sites,” said Faozal. (ecn/ebf)

Save the environment: More than 500 people prepare themselves on Dec. 10, 2016, to clean up and plant trees on Mt. Rinjani, a tourist destination famous for its beauty and notorious for its dirty condition. Save the environment: More than 500 people prepare themselves on Dec. 10, 2016, to clean up and plant trees on Mt. Rinjani, a tourist destination famous for its beauty and notorious for its dirty condition. (JP/Panca Nugraha)