The Jakarta Post
Scenic rock formation in Belitung Island, Indonesia (Shutterstock/Ade Lukmanul Hakimmm)
The provincial government of Bangka Belitung (Babel) Islands has made a proposal to UNESCO for Taman Bebatuan Belitung (Belitung Rock Park) to be declared as a world geopark.
Babel Islands Deputy Governor Abdul Fatah told Antara in Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung, on Tuesday that UNESCO would soon assign a team to assess whether Belitung Rock Park was eligible to be declared a world geopark.
Not only blessed with picturesque beaches, the islands also host thousand-year-old rock formations that are not found elsewhere.
The Belitung geopark is managed according to Tourism Ministerial Regulation No. 14/2016 on sustainable concepts.
“Sustainable tourism integrates well with the Belitung geopark as it is rich in biodiversity,” said Abdul Fatah, hoping that the sustainable concept, as well as recognition as a world geopark, could empower Belitung Rock Park to improve the livelihood of residents in the area. (nic/mut)
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