Team of The National Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu has conducted working visit to Mount Batur UNESCO Global Geopark in Bali with intention to review the management and tourism aspect in this region. The team has got a welcome directly from Bali Provincial Tourism Office that was continued by sharing session about Mount Batur UNESCO Global Geopark. On the same opportunity, Team Of The National Geopark Ciletuh Palabuhanratu, that was represented by Prof. Deny Juanda P, DEA., As a CEO of the Management Board, exposing Development Trend Condition of Ciletuh Palabuhanratu National Geopark.
Mount Batur Geopark, or Batur UNESCO Global Geopark is the first geopark in Indonesia which is recognized internationally by UNESCO. This Geopark is located in Bangli regency, Bali Province. UNESCO Global Geopark Batur brings its active volcano as its theme and also cultural diversity and biodiversity evolving in it. This Geopark has designated by UNESCO as an UGG member in 2012. Then, in 2016, has in the revalidation status. UNESCO alone will conduct revalidation for 4 Year once.
Based on the explanation from Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Global UNESCO Geopark Batur has some geosites that including three main elements of geopark. From geodiveristy aspects, this geopark has a typical volcanic landscape form of the caldera, lava plug, lava caves, and other volcanic deposits, resulting of paleo-volcanic activities. Some of these activities recorded by history. From cultural diversity, there are Trunyan Village which is traditional Balinese cultural village or Bali origin. The uniqueness of the culture of the way the funeral corpse was not buried, but the bodies were left lying around. From biodiversity aspect, the geopark area is accounted for 70% of consevation forest area and forestry which has various species of flora and fauna.
UNESCO Global Geopark Batur management is a joint cooperation from agencies in Bangli regency, BBKSDA (Natural Resources Consevation), the Forest Service and the Geological Agency. The cooperation is implemented based on MoU that has composed together. There is no “Specific” management board for this Geopark. All forms of activities are still managed by theJoint Management mentioned above.
Bangli regency government is preparing a governing body called the Destination Management Organization (DMO). Geopark has yet to have SOP. However, its implementation is based on the applicable legislation and the MoU between institutions / agencies. To manage geosite, management Geopark form a Local Work Group (LWG) in each of the villages (15 villages, 15 LWG) responsible for geosite in its territory.
On the island of Bali, tourism is a major sector of local revenue. Its development can be felt of preparing the physical facilities (roads, facilities, infrastructure) and most importantly, a community mental. Investors also plays an important role for the development of restaurants, hotels and other travel. Most of the tourist areas also apply CBT (Community Based Tourism), which in this case local communities are actively involved in the development of tourism.
The tour guide is the livelihood of the community more involved in the Province of Bali. Local regulations stipulate that the tour guides must be native citizens of Bali province, if not, then a tour guide in question will be fined by a huge amount. Is Mr. Agung, one of the tour guides that guide the National Geopark Team Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu which recounts a tour guide on the island of Bali. According to Mr. Agung, mastering foreign language, especially English is an important asset for the tour guide. It has been prepared by the government for a long time. In addition to English, Japanese and Mandarin are also beginning to be studied by tour guides, considering the number of visitors from both countries.
Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu can learn from the system coordination Bangli District Government and other stakeholders in the success of UGG Batur, so that it can be applied to the National Geopark Agency business Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu in the success of Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu as members of UGG in the Year 2017.
By : Rinaldi Ikhram