Tuesday, 21 May 2019 | 03:57 WIB

Minister of Tourism Hands Certificartes to Eight Geoparks

Minister of Tourism Hands Certificartes to Eight Geoparks (kemenpar)

JAKARTA, NNC - Indonesia Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya, together with the National Geopark Committee, have symbolically handed over the National Geopark 2018 status certificate to eight National Geoparks.

The certificate was handed over together with the signing of the Inauguration of Geopark Pongkor inscription by the Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya, in Bogor Regency, West Java, Friday (11/30/2018).

The Pongkor Geopark in Bogor, which covers an area of ​​around 132,493 hectares, consists of the Geosites in Pongkor, Leuwiliang, Tenjolaya and Parung with landscapes covering mountains, hills, valleys to plains.

Whereas the eight aspiring geoparks that received 2018 national Geopark certificates were Silokek, Sianok Maninjau and Sawahlunto in West Sumatra; Natuna in Riau Islands; Pongkor in West Java; Karangsambung, Karangbolong in Central Java; Banyuwangi in East Java; and Meratus in South Kalimantan.

With the recognition of eight locations, until now Indonesia has a total of 15 National Geopark. Previously, there were Mount Toba Caldera in North Sumatra, Mount Merangin in Jambi, and Mount Belitong in Bangka Belitung. Then Mount Bojonegoro in East Java, Mount Tambora in West Nusa Tenggara, Mount Maros in South Sulawesi, and Mount Raja Ampat in West Papua.

Arief Yahya said there were five categories of National Geopark assessment, namely geology and landscape which included area (5%), geoconservation (20%), as well as geological and cultural heritage (10%). Then the management structure (25%), environmental interpretation and education (15%), geotourism (15%), and sustainable regional economic development (10%).

"Geopark is also a leading tourist attraction in Indonesia that can contribute significantly to foreign tourists visiting. Geopark potential can be combined with ecotourism attractiveness. For this reason, the Ministry of Tourism intends to collaborate with UNESCO Global Geopark countries, such as China and Malaysia," the Minister said.

He targets 937,125 visits to special Geopark tourists. "Indonesia has four UNESCO Global Geopark as a reinforcement of Indonesia's tourism competitiveness in the world, namely Ciletuh Palabuhanratu, West Java with 164,443 foreign tourists visiting; Sewu Mountain, which entered Central Java, East Java and Yogyakarta, visited 4,315,000 foreign tourists; Mount Batur, Bali with 275,000 foreign tourists visiting, and Mount Rinjani NTB with a visit of 30,847 foreign tourists, "said Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya.

The Indonesian Geopark National Committee itself is a forum for coordination, synergy and synchronization between the central government, regional government, and stakeholders in the framework of establishing policies and implementing development, management, and guidance and supervision of the Geopark.

The main activities include coordinating national contributions to UNESCO's Global Geopark within the IGGP, identifying geological heritage and fostering community awareness, and promoting the development of new UNESCO Global Geopark, assessing and validating proposals, and reevaluating and extending.

The National Geopark Committee also observes each evaluation or re-evaluation mission, promoting international cooperation between UNESCO's Global Geopark. Also provides information at the national level about the existence of the Global Network and the UNESCO Global Geopark Regional Network. This committee also initiated and supported the strategies and actions of UNESCO's Global Geopark sustainable development, and others.