The Jakarta Post
Mount Merapi National Park will host a mountain bike marathon during the National Parks and Nature Tourism Parks Festival, to be held on July 6 to 8. (Shutterstock/Oberoy)
The National Parks and Nature Tourism Parks Festival will commence at the Prambanan Temple complex, Yogyakarta, on July 6 to 8.
Organized by the Ecosystem and Natural Resources Conservation Directorate General under the Environment and Forestry Ministry, the festival will host several events that include a nature tourism exhibition, discussions, short movie and photography festival, open trips to national parks, as well as a mountain bike marathon on Mount Merbabu and Mount Merapi National Park.
“The festival aims to familiarize the public with the 54 national parks and 118 nature tourist parks across Indonesia, along with the environment’s natural beauty, the rich diversity of plants and animals, as well as the various tourist attractions of the archipelago,” Dody Wahyu Karyanto, director of the directorate general’s utilization of environmental services conservation forest department, told kompas.com on Wednesday.
The discussions will cover various topics, such as “A Century of Nature’s Conservation in Indonesia”, “Responsible Mountaineering” and “Exploring the Land of Humba (Sumba)”.
During the festival, Wisata Alam Indonesia (Nature Tourism in Indonesia) and conservation tourism electronic ticket apps will be launched, as well as a jingle titled “Ayo ke Taman Nasional” (Let’s Go to the National Park).
The apps will provide information on national and nature tourist parks and will allow people to buy electronic tickets for entry into the venues. Meanwhile, the jingle is hoped to encourage the public to become responsible visitors and participate in maintaining the conservation area. More information can be found on the festival's official website. (wng)