New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia
Launch of Revised Guidebook to Ujung Kulon National Park
Ujung Kulong National Park has a newly printed revised guidebook – a book that Lonely Planet has described as “excellent, but rarely available.”
New Zealand’s Ambassador to Indonesia, David Taylor, launched the revised guidebook at a gathering in Jakarta recently that included National Park staff, senior Ministry of Forestry and Ministry of Tourism officials, as well as local government officials, community representatives and business people from Banten Province .
Mr Taylor, who visited the Park earlier this year, said New Zealand has been a key partner in efforts to preserve this treasure trove of biodiversity for future generations.
“For over 20 years, through New Zealand ’s aid programme and with input from experts from the Department of Conservation (DOC), we have worked with an able and committed Indonesian team to manage the facilities. Three New Zealand DOC staff were stationed in the Park in the 1990s and helped with the establishment of ranger facilities and tracks within the park, the restoration of an old Dutch prison dating from a failed settlement in the early 1800s, the marking of the Park’s marine boundaries, and the production of the original guidebook.
“In the past year, through the Embassy’s Head of Mission Fund, we have helped reprint the guidebook which had not been available for many years. New Zealanders Mal and Margaret Clarbrough visited Indonesia last year to help with that endeavour.
Agus Priambudi, the Park’s Chief Officer, is a graduate of the University of Otago , where he completed two qualifications. Ambassador Taylor and Indonesian officials paid tribute to the work of the Ujung Kulon staff.
Mr Sonny Partono, Director for Regional Conservation at the Ministry of Forestry and Mrs Egi Djanuiswati, Head of the Culture and Tourism Agency of Banten Province both expressed their appreciation for New Zealand’s assistance with the revision and reprinting of the Park guidebook. They emphasized the importance of Ujung Kulon National Park both as a sanctuary for the protection of Indonesian flora and fauna, and as an eco-tourism feature that provides a valuable contribution to the region’s economy.
Ambassador Taylor also announced a further grant of Rp 170,000,000 (NZ$25,000) to assist the Park with additional support for the maintenance and improvement of facilities, and equipment for monitoring and protection of the marine environment.
“When so often there is criticism of deforestation in developing countries and other environmental damage, it is particularly pleasing to find that in Ujung Kulon there is a strong and committed effort underway to conserve biodiversity heritage for future generations.”
Ujong Kulon National Park is home to the endangered Java Rhinoceros, the Green Peafowl, leopards, Java Gibbon, and many other threatened or critically endangered animals. The park covers 120,551 hectares and is about 150 kilometres from Jakarta .