BANDUNG - After officially bearing the title of Unesco Global Geoparks (UGG) on April 17, 2017 through the 204 Executive Board meeting of Unesco in Paris, West Java Provincial Government launched Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu as well as thanksgiving, at East Hall Gedung Sate Bandung, Sunday (03/06 / 2018).
The signing of the inscription is done by West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan which marks the start of operation of Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu. On that occasion also submitted UGG Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu certificate of the Chairman of the National Committee of Indonesia to Unesco Arief Rachman to the Governor of Aher and then handed over to the Regent of Sukabumi Marwan Hamami.
Governor Aher welcomes the joy and thanks to all those who have worked hard from the beginning of exploration to be established as part of the world's geopark network. Aher said, the process of determining Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu to UGG fairly quick which is only three years since the establishment of national geopark by the central government.
"This expression of gratitude and pride of us all at once in the framework of promotion and socialization to the public including the business world related to the existence of Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu which became a new tourism icon of West Java pride," said Aher.
Aher reminded by the launch of Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu does not mean the task is completed. Aher also hopes that future potential must be explored, especially in terms of tourism business, so it gives great benefits not only for the people around the region but for West Java and Indonesia.
"The infrastructure facilities are very good and the supporting facilities are still to be developed, I invite investors and business actors to be part of the beautiful face of Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu," he said.
Aher believes Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu has great potential especially with the completion of Loji to Aher Peak road and Aher monument peak, Puncak Darma and Curug Cimarinjung some time ago. This will facilitate access and add tourism spots.
"I am sure that the investments invested in the region will have a positive impact," Aher said.
Aher advised, in the future development of geopark must still pay attention to the environmental aspects, lest the facilities that have been built even destroy the geopark area. AMDAL calculations should be considered so that the beauty and originality is maintained and become a strong magnet for domestic and foreign tourists.
"Packing with beautiful and attractive, coupled also various parties for the market that netted more broadly," he said.
With the achievement of Unesco, Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu is an international destination so everything has to be international.
"I am confident and believe we can realize all of those targets," Aher concluded.
Chairman of the Indonesian National Committee for Unesco, Arief Rachman said after the enactment of Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu to be part of UGG, local government must take care of it. Do not let the determination to make all parties become complacent.
"This certificate is valid from April 17, 2018 to April 16, 2022, we must maintain and take care of this geopark," Arief's message.