Jakarta (Greeners) – Natural touristic site is one of national flagship sector which could boost economic welfare. Several national parks have been considered as Indonesian icons, including Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Komodo National Park, and Tanjung Puting National Park. For its management, Ministry of Environment and Forestry (Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan/KLHK) have been cooperating with Indonesian Natural Tourism Association since 2007.
Acting director general of Natural Conservation and Ecosystem, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Bambang Hendroyono, said that currently 45 Natural Tourism Procurement Business Permit Holders and 16 Natural Tourism Procurement Business Principal Permit Holders. Unfortunately, based on facts and evaluation, the performances are far from expectations.
“As much as 73.3% is active but only 33.3% receive profits, meanwhile, 4.4% inactive [permits], 9% has not been developed and 13.3% not operational until 2016,” said Hendroyono, in Jakarta, on Tuesday (30/5).
Furthermore, he said that the association could take up more active role to facilitate its members, the permit holders. Nevertheless, he appreciates the association for the works over the past decade and its commitment in supporting sustainable conservation.
“Natural tourism development needs to be supported with facilities and it is the responsibility of all permit holders, management, and other related stakeholders,” he said.
Reports by Danny Kosasih