The team from the National Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu leave for working visit to the Provincial Tourism Office D.I Yogyakarta and Gunung Sewu Unesco Global Geopark, this is one of the geopark in Indonesia which was named as a Unesco Global Geopark by UNESCO in 2015. This activity will be increasing the experience and knowledge about management of a geopark. The team believes that whatever is in the Gunung Sewu Geopark and can be implemented in the Geopark Ciletuh, will soon be developed and implemented to support the assessment of UNESCO in 2017 to become a UNESCO Global Geopark.
Gunung Sewu Geopark also often get awards from various competitions. In each geosites managed by each resident who participated in the formation Pokdarwis (Kelompok Sadar Wisata) defined by Head Regent Decree. In the area of Mount Sewu every geosites have a guide or media interpretation of respectively. Various elements of the community participating and involving to help develop and promote their region. Homestay, souvenir shops, restaurants and tour guides are local people in the region. Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, as governor of D.I Yogyakarta did not hesitate to offer land he owned (Sultan Ground) to good use for the betterment of the area under his control.
Many of tourism destinations are well known in Gunung Sewu Geopark make this area become more easily recognized by the public, the spread of beautiful beaches, rocks unique to the age millions of years, the friendliness of the people and access to the region is becoming the main factor for the rapid development of Gunung Sewu Global Geopark. Budi Martono as GM in Gunung Sewu Geopark stated that, “the success of Geopark is inseparable from the desire of citizens in it, of course with the help of the government and other parties who are concern to preserving and managing the earth heritage with us” and for the distribution of profits from the levy applicable here greater distribution to the communities, as to increase the economic value of society.
Gunung Sewu Geopark which is flanked by 3 provinces namely Central Java, East Java and Yogyakrata in 3 District (Wonogiri, Pacitan and Gunung Kidul). Reflecting on the success of Mount sewu won the title as the world geopark, a team of National Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu departed there to learn on the “owner science”. Gunung Sewu has 33 Geosite spread across the region. The governing body in Gunung Sewu located in each administrative region to the management of the turns. Met with the chairman of the Management Board of the National Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu, Prof. Deny Juanda P, DEA, makes Sugeng, Chairman Pokdarwis (Kelompok Sadar Wisata) flattered, he says, “it is a honor and a lesson for us in the Gunung Sewu Geopark to exchange information among fellow observer geopark in Indonesia or the World”, he adding that it is not easy to unite the aspirations of local people in the area of Gunung Sewu Geopark, but do not ever give up because of the success of a geopark is when local people directly involved in the management of a geopark.
By: Ilham Mochammad Saputra