JAKARTA – The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and the Ministry of National Development Planning / Bappenas initiated the Geopark Indonesia Conference I held at the Bappenas Building, Thursday (12-7-2018). Also present at the Geopark I Conference, Vice Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, Head of Creative Economy Triawan Munaf and Officials from the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
The conference was attended by heads of regions with geopark or earth parks, state-owned officials, university students and geopark activists throughout Indonesia. The conference was held to discuss the development of Geopark in Indonesia. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister of Maritime explained that according to him there must be harmonization of regulations so as not to impede the development of geopark.
This conference is scheduled to be held every two years, until now Indonesia has had four Geopark registered as UNESCO Global Geopark, that is; Batur UNESCO Global Geopark, Gunung Sewu UNESCO Global Geopark, Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu UNESCO Global Geopark, and Rinjani-Lombok UNESCO Global Geopark.
According to Luhut, through the recognition of Unesco, the value of Indonesian geopark as a tourist destination went up. “But we often underestimating about the tourists. Though Indonesia is very rich, “he regrets. Tourism, is one of the largest state revenues sector that overcomes oil and gas. Synergistic steps need to be made by stakeholders to maximize the potential for tourism that becomes a repeater of the country’s largest revenue. So far, he believes that the teamwork that is currently handling tourism is working well enough.
Determination of a region into geopark region has an economic impact in addition to ecological protection and education. Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Luhut cited the increasing income from tourist visits to China after Taishan geopark was set to become UGG in 2004. “The government’s revenue from tourist arrivals to Mount Taishan in 2004 only reached US $ 3.5 million per year in 2004, but that number jumped to US $ 33 billion a year in 2014, “he said.
By: Ilham Mochammad Saputra