Indonesia builds own ‘Jurassic Park’ despite warnings

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Construction of an Indonesian tourism project dubbed “Jurassic Park” on social media will continue, the Southeast Asian country’s Environment Ministry said Thursday, despite warnings from UNESCO that the plans could have a negative impact on the environment.

Work on a series of tourism projects in Indonesia’s Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, began last year, raising concerns over threats to the local economy and fragile habitat of the park’s namesake, the Komodo dragon.

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Last month, officials from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) told a World Heritage Committee conference that the project requires a new environmental impact assessment on illegal fishing issues and the potential risk to the Komodo dragon’s natural habitat.

“This project will continue … it has been proven to have no impact,” Wiratno, a senior official at Indonesia’s environment ministry, told Reuters.

The Komodo National Park in Indonesia is visible in this photo from April 6, 2018. Construction in the park on a tourist project called "jurassic park" will continue, the Southeast Asian country's environment ministry said, despite warnings from UNESCO, the plans could have a negative impact on the environment.  (Reuters / Henning Gloystein)
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Indonesia’s Komodo National Park can be seen in this April 6, 2018 photo. Construction in the park of a tourism project dubbed “Jurassic Park” will continue, the South Asian country’s environment ministry said. -Is, despite warnings from UNESCO, these plans could have a negative impact on the environment. (Reuters / Henning Gloystein)

UNESCO officials said at last month’s meeting that they had requested an updated assessment from the Indonesian government, but received no response. Wiratno said a new assessment is being drafted and could be sent in September.

It was not known exactly what the project consisted of, centered on the island of Rinca. Last year the government said it was building an “upscale tourist spot” on the island.

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In a separate statement, Wiratno said the project mainly included renovations to existing structures and posed no danger to the rare Komodo dragons.

Rima Melani Bilaut of the Indonesian Environment Forum (WALHI), an environmental group, said the project could impact the local community, as well as disturb the dragons.

“We urge the government to develop people-based tourism. There are people living there,” she said.

Last year, social media users compared the project to a dinosaur island project featured in the “Jurassic Park” movies after photos of a dragon standing in front of a large vehicle were shared widely online.

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Indonesia is home to around 3,100 Komodo dragons, according to government data. Unique lizards are up to 3 meters (10 feet) long and have a yellow forked tongue.

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