THE United Nations Development Program (UNDP) together with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry have submitted a proposal for the INFLORES Program to the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). The program is for the conservation of Komodo dragons and the surrounding ecosystem.

“The Global Environmental Facility asks the provincial and district governments to submit letters of support for this conservation program,” said UNDP National Project Coordinator Fransiska Sugi when meeting with the NTT Provincial Government recently.

According to him, the GEF has approved funding of more than USD 6.2 million or around Rp. 88.7 billion within six years, from 2022 to 2028.

Fransiska explained that this conservation focus will take place in three regencies, namely West Manggarai Regency, East Manggarai Regency, and Ngada Regency, East Nusa Tenggara. These three districts are the habitat of the Komodo dragon species.

There are three things that are the focus of the program. First, integrated conservation; second, the economic development of the surrounding community; and third, developing knowledge and research on Komodo dragons and flora and fauna in the Komodo dragon conservation area.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor of NTT, Joseph Nae Soi, said that the provincial government supports the Komodo dragon conservation program carried out by UNDP. We immediately provide letters of support and recommendations needed by UNDP for the implementation of the Inflores program for the conservation of the ancient Komodo dragon and its surrounding ecosystem.

Joseph Nae Soi hopes that the collaboration between UNDP and the provincial government for conservation can be clearer in terms of implementation so that it does not overlap in the field. He invited the UNDP team to coordinate with technical agencies to realize the program.

“There must be a clear division of tasks. What is done by UNDP and what can be done by the provincial government for the success of this conservation program,” finished Joseph. [sources/photo]