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    Geopark Ciletuh Officially Meets Criteria as a World Earth Park

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    BANDUNG - Geopark Ciletuh Palabuhanratu, officially set to meet the criteria as a World Geopark Park, the determination will be made in the Executive Board session on April 4-17, 2018. The achievement is not separated from the parties who are actively involved from the beginning of development of Geopark Ciletuh Palabuhanratu such as: West Java Provincial Government, Sukabumi Regency Government, Bio Farma, Padjadjaran University, Society and Local Communities in the Geopark region.

    From the release of PT Bio Farma, related to the determination, on January 3, 2018, Bio Farma has received an appreciation in the form of an official letter from the Global Geopark Network (GGN) signed by Guy Martini as Secretary General of GGN headquartered in Paris.

    "I express my appreciation to Bio Farma for its support of the UNESCO Global Geopark Project in Indonesia, the idea of ??private sector cooperation with surrounding communities, through empowerment and development of the Geopark area is very important," said Guy.

    Guy added that the cooperation between Bio Farma and Geopark Ciletuh Pelabuhan Ratu can serve as a pilot, how the private sector is actively involved in creating and developing healthy Geopark in Indonesia.

    R. Herry, as Head of Bio Farma's Environmental and Social Management Division, has been tasked by Bio Farma for several years to be involved in various CSR programs and community development in Geopark Ciletuh Palabuhanratu. "We welcome positively and are proud of the decision that Geopark Ciletuh Palabuhanratu meets the criteria as a UNESCO World Geopark Park (Global Geopark), we have initiated the development of Geopark Ciletuh Palabuhanratu from the beginning," Herry said on Tuesday (16/1).

    "What has been done Bio Farma, among others, in the empowerment of local communities, we substitute the work of illegal miners who then dabbled and work in the field of Geo Wisata," he said.

    "In addition to environmental development in Geopark CIletuh Palabuhanratu, such as Geo Wisata development, developing village development, home stay development," he added.

    Herry added the development of cultural diversity aspect by Bio Farma through Eco-Friendly Batik, Batik Pakidulan, promotion and socialization of Geopark Ciletuh Palabuhanratu, assistance of Global Geopark Network submission and evaluation process, and community development in synergy with local community.

    In the aspect of Bio Farma Bio Farma also play an active role in the preservation of Flora and Fauna in the area Ciletuh such as mangrove tree planting, tree planting kepuh, and conservation programs in the form of increased biodiversity in the Cikepuh Wildlife Sanctuary. Hopefully at the Executive Board meeting that will be held on April 4-17, 2018, Geopark Ciletuh Palabuhanratu officially designated as World Earth Park. (Even)

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