April 18, 2021, 10.00 AM

The Indonesian government pledged to use the UNESCO Geopark status to bolster the traditional economy of local peoples at a sustainable level.

Prior to the Geopark destination, Belitung is known for its beaches, age-old granite formations, and setting for the Indonesian novel Laskar Pelangi [Rainbow Warriors] and hit 2008 film of the same name,

Geopark Belitong is Indonesia’s sixth UNESCO Global Geopark to receive the designation, after the Toba Caldera, as well as Mount Batur in Bali, Mount Ciletuh in West Java, Mount Sewu in East Java, and Rinjani in the West Nusa Tenggara island of Lombok.

Belitong Geopark will be one of UNESCO's Global Geoparks Network or GGN. Founded in 2004, GGN has 147 sites in 41 countries, including five out of 15 Indonesian national geoparks.

Indonesia also has nine UNESCO cultural and natural sites, among them the Borobudur and Prambanan temples, as well as 18 biosphere parks, including the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru, Komodo and Wakatobi National Parks.

(Writer: Pangkalpinang Contributor Heru Dahnur | Editor : Dheri Agriesta)



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