Mutual Partnership in The Geoparkmanagement: Geofeatures and Geositesmanagement in The Ciletuh Nationalgeopark *)
1Ciletuh Geopark Management Board
Keywords: Ciletuh Geopark, geopark management, partnership, aspiring geopark, localcommunity involvement
Since Ciletuh Geopark became one of Indonesia’s national geopark on December 22, 2015, ithas become one of the tourism destinations in Sukabumi Regency, West Java, Indonesia. Thenational geopark status has increased the image and the popularity of this region. Tourism isthe most effective means to improve the socio-economic condition of society in the region.Therefore, Sukabumi Regency government attempted to make Ciletuh Geopark become aprominent tourism destination in Indonesia. To achieve this objective, Sukabumi RegencyGovernment, with support from West Java Provincial Government, has formed CiletuhGeopark Management Board which consists of representatives from the local community,academia and also the business sector, represented by Bio Farma (Indonesia’s state-ownedlife science company).
New legislation regarding the village government, allows a greater role for the village todevelop its region and the outcomes it, to make the local community more prosperous.Village government formed village-owned enterprises that can build partnerships withvarious stakeholders to manage and utilize local resources as a source of sustainableeconomic income for the local community.In Ciletuh Geopark, one of the village-owned enterprise activities is managing geofeaturesand geosites. Therefore, Ciletuh Geopark Management Board has made a partnership with thevillage-owned enterprise in geopark management. This village-owned enterprise manages notonly tourism, is but also geological conservation, cleanliness and environmental sustainabilityaround geofeatures.Village-owned enterprise can assist Ciletuh Geopark Management Boardin managing the geopark. By this partnership, more local communities are directly involvedin the daily operation and management of geopark, and also it becomes a new source ofeconomic income for them. Meaning this partnership has become a win-win solution inmoving the geopark toward UNESCO Global Geopark status.
*) Presented in The 7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geopark at The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark, September 2016