The Togean National Park officially launched
Good news, the Togean Islands are now officially part of a marine and terrestrial national park. It had been so on paper since 2004, but due to a massive rejection from local communities (in their opinion a national park means interdiction), there had been no concrete actions held in the field so far.
The new team in charge, directly supervised and paid by the central government in Jakarta, has been quite active in the past year, transplanting coral, building surveillance stations on the reefs to combat destructive fishing techniques (dynamite, cyanide, compressor), and has started collaborating with resorts to develop environmental conservation.
The Togean Islands National Park is part of the seven Indonesian national parks designated by the President of Indonesia himself as a priority.
On December 15th, 2017, the National Park was launched at the Ampana harbor, along with the commissioning of five speedboats that will be patrolling around the archipelago to chase destructive fishermen, and with the opening of offices at the harbors to sell entrance tickets to the park.
Every tourist taking a boat to the Togean Islands will now be asked to pay a Rp 150.000 entrance fee at one of these three entrance points:
– Wakai (if you arrive on the ferry from Gorontalo)
– Dolong (if you arrive on the ferry from Bumbulan)