The Seribu Mountain range, which lies along the cities of Gunung Kidul in Yogyakarta, Wonogiri in Central Java and Pacitan in East Java, is preparing to become part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) geopark.
Birowo Adie, an official with the Gunung Kidul regency, said Friday that UNESCO representatives, assisted by geologists and officials from the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, had spent the last couple of days examining the karst hills in the three cities.
“They have visited the hills for early examination and we intend to start work on this matter immediately. The regional administrations of the three regencies will officially propose the Seribu Mountain range for the UNESCO geopark early next year,” Birowo said.
Birowo said officials from the three regions had formed a working team to carry out the project. The team will focus on profiling the environmental, economic, social and cultural aspects of the mountains.
UNESCO representative Guy Martini said during his visit to Gunung Kidul on Tuesday that the team would offer some advice on the geopark proposal to the regional governments.
As of this year, UNESCO has designated 91 geoparks around the world, including Mount Batur in Bali. (cor/lfr)