The Jakarta Post
Lapopu waterfall Manupeu Tanah Danu and Laiwangi Wangameti National Parks (MaTaLaWa National Park) in West Sumba regency. (JP/Markus Makur)
The Environment and Forestry Ministry together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a book called The Magnificent Seven: Indonesia Marine National Park on June 2.
“With the launch of this book, the maritime national parks in Indonesia have to be the center of economic growth for the people who live around the area. We want to show the world the beauty of our marine biodiversity,” said Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar.
“The book was created in six months and it consists of seven national parks with pictures from Indonesian underwater photographers. This biodiversity needs to be protected for the sake of the local people and tourism development. Our commitment to protecting marine ecosystems is an important part of UNDP Indonesia,” added the UNDP representative for Indonesia, Christophe Bahuet.
The maritime national parks listed in the book are Thousand Islands, Jakarta; Karimun Jawa, Central Java; Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi; Takabonerate South Sulawesi; Bunaken, North Sulawesi; Togean, Central Sulawesi and Cenderawasih Bay, Papua.
The launch was also attended by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, who suggested the book be highlighted on websites indonesia.travel and kemenpar.go.id as a promotional tool for Indonesia tourism.
“If there’s a softcopy we can help promote it, it's part of our duty to do promotions for international tourists so they can appreciate the underwater beauty of Indonesia,” said Yahya. (asw)