The government and Komodo National Park management are seeking ways to stop poaching in the biosphere reserve for the sake of sustainability in the park.
This issue was recently discussed during a workshop titled Management of Conservation Areas Assigned as Biosphere Reserves in West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).
Director of Conservation Area and Forest Protection at the For-estry Ministry Bambang Dahono Adji said that for the sake of a sustainable economy, biosphere reserve management in Indonesia, especially in the Komodo biosphere reserve, should involve various stakeholders, including members of the community, local administrations, non-governmental groups and relevant agencies.
Meanwhile, Komodo National Park office head Sustyo Iriyono said that Labuan Bajo city had turned into a centre for meetings and international and national events thanks to the 2013 Sail Komodo international event.
Indonesia is home to eight biosphere reserves, namely Komodo, Cibodas, Tanjung Puting, Lore Lindu, Siberut island, Mount Leu-ser, Giam Siak Kecil-Bukit Batu and Wakatobi.
Director-General of Forest Protection and Natural Conservation at the Forestry Ministry Sonny Partono said conservation areas played an essential role as a wildlife species protection shield in efforts to conserve the biodiversity and ecosystem of a particular area.
National Committee on Man and Biosphere Program (MAB)-UNESCO Indonesia program director Y Purwanto said the issue of wildlife poaching in the internationally recognised Komodo biosphere reserve required coordination bet-ween regencies.
He added, should wildlife species, such as deer, be wiped out of the Komodo biosphere reserve, the mystical Komodo dragon would gradually become extinct. “The local administration should immediately coordinate with regency administrations facilitated by the Forestry Ministry,” Purwanto said.
The status given by UNESCO to Komodo National Park as a world biosphere reserve has given hope to the government in its efforts to managing the transition zones so as to improve the welfare of the people in West Manggarai, especially those living around the national park.