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Govt denies claims Rinca Island the next ‘Jurassic Park’

  • Rizki Fachriansyah

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 30 2020   /  01:00 am
3D illustration of one of the part of the ecotourism project on Rinca Island, East Nusa Tenggara.(Courtesy of pu.go.id/-)

The Environment and Forestry Ministry has denied rumors that the government is developing a “Jurassic Park”-style tourist destination on Rinca Island in Labuan Bajo regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), claiming that the ongoing construction of new facilities is a public undertaking aimed at bolstering the local economy, as well as preserving the local Komodo dragon population.   Wiratno, the ministry’s director general for natural resources and ecosystems, said the project was a public effort to integrate the various tourist attractions in the region. He claimed it would not risk the safety of wildlife endemic to the area.   “I don’t know how [the project] came to be perceived as Jurassic Park,” Wiratno said during an online discussion held by the Environment and Forestry Ministry on Wednesday.    The media began usi...