Hundreds of Indonesian tourism workers were on strike on Tuesday over a hefty hike in ticket prices to see the country’s famous Komodo dragons, a move the government insists is to preserve the habitat of one of the world’s largest lizards.
Indonesia tourism players call for holistic, measurable approach for heritage site protection; Tiara Maharani; TTG Asia
The Indonesian government has ordered stricter visitor controls at two iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Borobudur and Komodo National Park – to ensure better protection and conservation, with measures including crowd limits and increased entrance fees.
Indonesia’s government is planning to increase entry fees for its famed Borobudur temple. But will it drive tourists away?
Komodo National Park Is Home to Some of the Largest Manta Ray Aggregations in the World; Peerj; SciTechDaily
Scientists from the Marine Megafauna Foundation and Murdoch University, through a collaborative effort including the public, are reporting a large number of manta rays in the waters of Komodo National Park, an Indonesian UNESCO World Heritage Site, suggesting the area may hold the key to the regional recovery of the vulnerable species.
In a national park plagued by encroachers, Indonesia tries a new approach; Tonggo Simangunsong; Monga Bay
Suwardi, a 51-year-old from Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, used to work as a laborer for a landlord who managed oil palm and rubber plantations in his home village of Harapan Maju, near Gunung Leuser National Park. He also cultivated a dream: to own his own farmland. One day, about four years ago, Suwardi thought he had an opportunity to get closer to his dream.
More coffee, less gold: Sumatra farmers alarmed over revival of mine project; Junaidi Hanafiah; MongaBay
Indonesian coffee farmers on the island of Sumatra have spoken out against a plan to mine for gold in an area that overlaps with one of the last known habitats of Sumatran tigers and orangutans. The Linge Abong project in Aceh province was conceived more than a decade ago, and was blocked by the provincial governor in 2019.
10 Greenest Places on Earth — From Jungle Hikes to Waterfall Dips; Stephanie Vermillion; Travel + Leisure
These lush getaways offer soothing natural beauty with a side of serious adventure.
UNESCO reiterates road project’s dangers to Papua park as Indonesia doubles down; Hans Nicholas Jong; Monga Bay
UNESCO has renewed its call for the closure of a road running through Indonesia’s Lorentz National Park after the nation’s environment minister said shutting it down would be impossible. The park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompasses a variety of biodiversity-rich ecosystems on the western coast of the island of New Guinea. BirdLife International has called the park “probably the single most important reserve” on the giant island.
Healer Tjok Gde Kerthyasa on his favorite hidden spots on the island.
The Komodo National Park was established in 1980, to initially protect the endemic Komodo dragon, but its conservation goals were later extended.
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Labuan Bajo and beyond: Exploring the beauty of Indonesia’s dragon archipelago; Theodora Sutcliffe; CNN
Labuan Bajo, a bustling port town on Flores’ northwestern tip, is best known as the jump off for UNESCO-listed Komodo National Park. Here’s a look at what travelers heading to the area can experience when the country reopens to international tourism.
8 Things To Do In & Around Borobudur, From Sunset-Watching To Temple-Hopping To River Rafting; Dwiputri P; Smart Local
After the Borobudur complex and its neighboring heritage attractions, bike tours, museums, and rafting can be part of your Jogja itinerary.
Beyond orangutans: Indonesia’s Gunung Leuser National Park local community, stakeholders jointly craft conservation plan; PIA
Monday, June 29, 2020, when you open the Google search engine, you will see a picture of a farmer sitting in a hut. His eyes lead to green fields. Google Doodle displays an image with the tagline “Celebrating Cultural Heritage, Subak”. Subak is a tradition of the Balinese, Indonesia. When you visit the countryside in Bali, you will see a fields at the foot of the mountain with neat watering.
Witness the Pink Sands and Elusive Dragons of Komodo Island in Indonesia; Sharmistha Chaudhuri; Outlook India
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