The Provincial Government of West Nusa Tenggara and four districts in Central Lombok island are in the middle of completing the proposed filing requirements Gunung Rinjani National Park (GRNP) to be defined as the world’s geopark.
“It’s attempted to be completed later this year in order to be forwarded to the National Committee on the Proposed Geopark Submission, in the beginning of 2012 to be followed up according to procedure and mechanism proposal,” said the Head of Planning and Development (Bappeda) province of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Rosiady Sayuti, in Mataram on Saturday.
She said the previous proposal of GRNP to be determined as one of the world’s geopark submitted to the Secretariat of the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) of UNESCO by the Indonesian Geologists Association (IAGI) through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
However, the proposal submitted early 2010 is threatened to be bounce out of the geopark candidate of the world because the technical documents as the supporting beam is not completed yet.
UNESCO also requested the submission of proposals to included two other locations to be the world geopark, as a companion of GRNP.
The geologists involved helping Indonesia later that begins with the geological seminar that was held in Bandung, West Java, July 23, 2010.
So far, there are three areas that will fight for the object to be geopark, ie Limestone Cave in Pacitan, East Java, and Mount Batur in Kintamani, Bali, and GRNP in Lombok.
“Now, the various support files have been collected and will soon be submitted to the National Committee Proposal Submission Geopark. Hopefully it could running smoothly so that no later than the end of 2012 the papers had arrived at UNESCO,” she said.
Rinjani is likely to increase the number of world’s geopark which now consists of 53 and scattered in 17 countries under the UNESCO network.
GRNP proposed to be candidates for the UNESCO world geopark since it has at least five key points to become a global geopark.
First, Mount Rinjani owns heritage values of the important geological and volcanic aspect, natural heritage sites of the caldera, volcano cones young, solfatara fields, hot springs, and other high aesthetic values such as water plunge.
Second, the sites geology volcano has meaning for the development of earth science and education.
Third, Mount Rinjani has had a governing body, the Rinjani Tracking Management Board (RTMB), which involves local residents actively.
Fourth, the organizer of geological-based tourism has many benefits in the form of local economic growth through guide services, lodging, restaurants, transportation, and sale of souvenirs.
Fifth, as a form of tourism due to the successful development of Mount Rinjani has received three international awards namely “World Legacy Award” for the category of “Destination Stewardship” from “Conservation International and National Geographic Traveler” 2004, finalist “Tourism for Tomorrow Award” respectively in 2005 and 2008.
TNGR region includes parts of the West Lombok district covers an area of 12,360 hectares with 15 villages of two districts, Central Lombok area of 6824 hectares which includes two sub-districts and villages are scattered in five East Lombok regency in seven districts spread in 17 villages with a total area of 22,146 hectares.
As a volcano, Rinjani has great geotourism potential with its scenic caldera, lake, crater, waterfall, hot water spring, its eruption history and many more. One of the main attraction of TNGR is Lake Segara Anak at an altitude of 2,010 meters a.s.l. Lake Segara Anak is part of Mount Rinjani whose height reaches 3,726 meters above sea level. [rs]