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Indonesia to promote geological heritage in Global Geoparks Network

Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, September 26, 2016  /  04:15 pm
Indonesia to promote geological heritage in Global Geoparks Network

The breathtaking view of Rinjani volcano in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. (Shutterstock/File)

Indonesia is set to participate in worldwide geoparks event on Sept. 27-29 in Torquay, UK.

During the Global Geoparks Network, the archipelago will introduce some of its geological heritage, including Ciletuh-Pelabuhan Ratu Geopark in West Java, Batur UNESCO Global Geopark in Bali, Toba Caldera Geopark in North Sumatra, Mount Rinjani Geopark in West Nusa Tenggara, Mt. Sewu UNESCO Global Geopark in Central Java, Merangin Geopark in Jambi, Maros-Pangkep Geopark in South Sulawesi and also Raja Ampat Geopark in West Papua, which is currently in the process of being acknowledged as a national geopark.

(Read also: Mt. Rinjani eyes Global Geopark listing)

Geopark is a term coined by UNESCO for a unified area that protects and uses geological heritage in a sustainable way and promotes the residents' wellbeing at the same time.

In its seventh conference, Global Geoparks Nertwork is slated to showcase geoparks from around the world and announce UNESCO Global Geoparks. This prestigious title is re-validated once every four years and goes to the national parks that meet the requirements. Currently, only two geoparks in Indonesia have been recognized by UNESCO, namely Batur and Mt. Sewu geoparks.

Antara news agency reported that an upgrade of Mt. Rinjani’s status from a national geopark to a global one is set to be revealed during the event, as well as the revalidation of Batur UNESCO Global Geopark. (kes)