Despite warnings, Indonesia is planning to open a £3.5 million ‘Jurassic Park’ attraction.
Despite UNESCO’s requests to cancel the project, Indonesia will proceed with a controversial tourist attraction called “Jurassic Park.”
The £3.46 million ($4.8 million) project is on pace to be completed around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Komodo National Park. The national park, which was established in 1980, is home to the dangerous Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard. Environmental organizations and UNESCO have raised worry about the potential impact of increased tourism on the area’s delicate ecosystem.
The Indonesian government, on the other hand, announced on Thursday that work on its tourism sites will continue unabated.
The ideas include building a resort on Rinca Island where visitors will be able to stroll among the wild Komodo dragons.
Rinca is one of the three largest islands of the Komodo National Park, which is located in Indonesia’s eastern archipelago.
The island is home to a variety of wild animals, including the 9.8-foot-long Komodo dragon.
UNESCO notified a World Heritage Committee meeting in July that the project needed to be evaluated in order to better understand its impact on the surrounding ecology.
The UN panel requested an updated assessment from the Indonesian government, but has yet to receive one.
“The project will proceed,” a senior official from Indonesia’s environment ministry told Reuters. It has been established that it has no effect.”
According to the official, the project is mostly focused on upgrading existing infrastructure and does not pose a threat to the endangered Komodo dragon.
The Komodo dragon is already threatened by human activities, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.
Last year, construction on the project began, raising concerns about illegal fishing and damage to the Komodo’s natural environment.
After Steven Spielberg’s popular film of the same name, the project has been called Jurassic Park.
Music from the film was utilized in promotional advertising for the tourist attraction on Instagram.
A viral photo published by the Save Komodo Now campaign in October triggered some of the worries about the project.
A big Komodo dragon approaches a lorry loaded with construction materials in this shot.
Two men are seen seated on the lorry, one wearing a high visibility vest and the other a hard hat.
Komodo dragons have been known to attack humans and have been responsible for a number of deaths, despite their rarity.
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