Maros-Pangkep Geopark Entered UNESCO Global Geopark

Geopark Maros-Pangkep

Good news comes from South Sulawesi. Yes, the Maros-Pangkep Geopark is included in the UNESCO Global Geopark. Quoted from the page sulselprov.go.id (8/9/2022) the decision was taken through the UNESCO Geopark Council Council Meeting in Satun, Thailand.

For this achievement, the Governor of South Sulawesi, Andi Surdirman Sulaiman also expressed his gratitude. "Thank God the Maros-Pangkep Geopark at the UNESCO Geopark Council Council meeting in Satun Thailand has been approved and recommended as a new member of the UNESCO Global Geopark," he said.

The number one person in South Sulawesi also expressed his appreciation to the South Sulawesi Provincial Tourism Office and various related parties for the UNESCO recommendation. "Thank you to the Culture and Tourism Office of South Sulawesi Province, the Maros Regency Government, the Pangkep Regency Government, the Maros-Pangkep National Geopark Management Agency, as well as the support and hard work of all parties and the Maros and Pangkep community levels," he added.

Although the Maros-Pangkep Geopark is currently included in the UNESCO Global Geopark, the official determination will only be carried out through the UNESCO Session in March 2023 in Paris, France. Before finally being included in the list, UNESCO has carried out various assessments through a number of visits by two UNESCO Global Park evaluators.

The Second Largest Karts Area in the World

For information, Geopark Maros Pangkep is an earth park that has green natural scenery with cliffs and even karst rocks that resemble giant pillars. Administratively, this earth park is located in two regencies, namely Maros Regency and Pangkajene Islands Regency or what is familiarly called Pangkep.

Present as the second largest karst park in the world after similar parks in China, the geopark, which is approximately 27-30 km from Makassar, not only has a complete landscape with various flora and fauna in it, but also has scientific and socio-cultural values.

Exciting tourist spots

Not only as a protected area, the Maros-Pangkep Geopark is also an exciting tourist spot. If Travel buddy A visit to this place will be treated to a vast expanse of karst with towering rocks as if supporting the sky. The landscape is increasingly attractive with green plants that cover this area. Its beauty is even more complete thanks to the existence of the Leang-leang cave which is a prehistoric site. This cave where ancient humans lived looks unique with ancient paintings that are 40 thousand years old.

In the Maros-Pangkep Geopark area, there are also millions of live butterfly species that fly freely in nature and are known as the 'Kingdom of Butterfly'. The beauty of the various butterflies, precisely in the area Bantimurung-Bulusaraung National Park. In this area, besides being able to see karst mountains, prehistoric caves and butterflies, you can also see the unique Bantimurung waterfall. Unlike most waterfalls which usually pour in an upright and steep position, the Bantimurung waterfall looks a bit sloping with a height of only 15-20 meters. (y)

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