KNIU Invites UNESCO & IUCN RMM to Visit World Heritage Sites

Jakarta, IDN Times – The Indonesian government through the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO (KNIU) invited The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN) Reactive Monitoring Mission (RMM) to visit Komodo National Park and the National Park Lorentz as a world heritage site (WHC) in Indonesia. The first agenda of the UNESCO and IUCN teams in Indonesia is to visit Komodo National Park on 3-6 March 2022.

The visit was aimed at assessing the status of existing and planned infrastructure developments in and around the world heritage area of ​​Komodo National Park, including tourism infrastructure on Rinca and Padar Islands, as well as the actual and potential impact of this infrastructure on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the area. Komodo National Park. They also looked at the progress of tourism infrastructure projects on Rinca Island, as stated in the revised Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), whether it was in line with the IUCN World Heritage Advice Note on Environmental Assessment.

1. Provide necessary technical advice

Government Invites UNESCO & IUCN RMM to Visit World Heritage SitesThe first agenda of the UNESCO and IUCN teams in Indonesia is to visit Komodo National Park on 3-6 March 2022. (Doc. KLHK)

In addition, they looked at the status of the Komodo dragon population and the management actions taken by managers, including land management and especially fire response plans, in response to the request of the World Heritage Committee in the Decision of the 44th WHC Session in 2021.

Then, review the progress of the preparation of the Integrated Tourist Master Plan (ITMP) for Labuan Bajo, including Rinca and Padar Islands, and provide the necessary technical advice to the State party to ensure that the tourism development plan does not impact the OUV of the world heritage area of ​​Komodo National Park.

Next, the RMM team reviewed marine management and law enforcement capacity within the world heritage area, with particular emphasis on controlling illegal fishing and mooring activities, and provided advice to States parties on these aspects of managing Komodo National Park as a world heritage area. . Finally, they assessed other issues related to the possibility of having a negative impact on the OUV of Komodo National Park.

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2. It is expected to provide recommendations and suggestions for structuring the Komodo National Park area

Government Invites UNESCO & IUCN RMM to Visit World Heritage SitesThe first agenda of the UNESCO and IUCN teams in Indonesia is to visit Komodo National Park on 3-6 March 2022. (Doc. KLHK)

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The RMM team has conducted a number of meetings and field visits. Some of the locations visited included Loh Buaya Resort (Rinca Island), South Padar Resort (Padar Island), and Loh Liang Resort (Komodo Island). The UNESCO and IUCN teams also had the opportunity to directly observe the arrangement of natural tourism infrastructure carried out by the Ministry of PUPR at Loh Buaya Resort.

“My greatest hope is that the results of this visit will provide valuable recommendations and suggestions that will help accelerate and smoothly meet the objectives of structuring the Komodo National Park as a World Heritage area,” said Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation (KSDAE) KLHK, Wiratno, during the Entry Meeting for the implementation of the Reactive Monitoring Mission.

Furthermore, Wiratno conveyed that the Government of Indonesia was committed to preserving extraordinary universal values ​​(outstanding universal value) from Komodo National Park through various program and policy implementations at the field level.

This is stated in the Park Management Plan as a national conservation area and a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. This management plan operates under five conservation principles, namely rules-based, science-based, evidence-based, experience-based, and precautionary principle-based.

3. Advice from IUCN and UNESCO team

Government Invites UNESCO & IUCN RMM to Visit World Heritage SitesThe first agenda of the UNESCO and IUCN teams in Indonesia is to visit Komodo National Park on 3-6 March 2022. (Doc. KLHK)

From this visit, the IUCN and UNESCO team suggested that the natural tourism business planning in Komodo National Park be added to the Integrated Tourism Master Plan (ITMP) document so that it becomes a planning unit that complements each other.

Furthermore, the IUCN team said that the results of the field review will be analyzed over the next 6 weeks and will produce several recommendation points for the Government of Indonesia through the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO (KNIU).

The UNESCO team also plans to hold capacity building training with the World Bank related to the implementation of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for government stakeholders.

The next visit to Lorentz National Park is scheduled for early April 2022. (WEB)

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