Korea-Indonesia Cooperation Project : TUNAK Community-Based Recreation and Ecotourism Forest Has Been Inaugurated

The Korea-Indonesia cooperation project on the Development of Community-Based Ecotourism Facilities at Tunak Recreation Forest has been inaugurated on 6th March 2018 by : 1. West Nusa Tenggara Provincial Secretary – Dr. Rosiady Husaeni Sayuti, on behalf of the Governor of West Nusa Tenggara Province; 2. Director General of International Affairs – Korea Forest Service (KFS), Mr. KO Ki Yeon, and 3. Senior Adiviser to the Minister of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), Dr. Rusdi Ridwan, on behalf of the Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation – MoEF.  The inauguration ceremony was conducted at the project site at Mertak Village, Central Lombok District, West Nusa Tenggara Province.

About 200 people attended the ceremony, representing local people, local government, MoEF and other related parties.  In the event, the local youth leaders together with the head of Mertak Village read a declaration of supporting the development and operation of  ecotourism at Tunak.

The local government, the Governor and the DG of MoEF  in their  speech also expressed their gratitude to the Korean government for the support of the development of eco tourism at Tunak.  The DG of International Affairs-KFS on his speech expected that the ecotourism facilities that already been built in this project should be professionally managed, so that many visitors interested to come to this area.  He also expressed his gratitude to the government of Indonesia for the good cooperation for the success of this project.

The project was started in 2015, consisting of three main activities : Activity 1 :  Development of the design plan of TWA Gunung Tunak Development; Activity 2 :  Construction of buildings and other facilities, Activity 3 :  Capacity Building.  The Activity 1, was completed in 2015. 

Activity 2, started in 2016, and has been completed on end of December 2017.  The buildings and other facilities that have been constructed are :

a.Visitor Center153 m2
b.Landscape Visitor Center400 m2
c.Multipurpose building317 m2
d.Guest House Reception105 m2
e.Guest House (10 rooms)285 m2
f.Parking area and pathway900 m2
g.Guest House Plaza and Pathway102 m2
h.Butterfly Ecological Learning Center296 m2
i.Camping Ground20 spots (20 tent)
j.Camping service (toilet, shower) 28 m2 
k.Security building and toilet for butterfly center60 m2
l.Trail road2,6 km.

Then, Activity 3 was conducted every year in 2015-2017 in Indonesia and in Korea.  Until the end of 2017, has been conducted 7 times capacity building activities, which is 3 times in Indonesia, and 4 times in Korea. The number of participants already been involved in this activities is 178 participants, which is among of them, 131 participants are from local people.  In the year 2018, the KFS through the Korea-Indonesia Forest Center (KIFC) will still continue to support for the maintenance of the facilities and for capacity building.

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