Good news coming from South Sulawesi. Yes, the Maros-Pangkep Geopark is included in the UNESCO Global Geopark. Quoted from 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.
Geopark Maros Regency Government
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 included in the UNESCO Global Geopark at this time, the official determination will only be carried out through the UNESCO Assembly in March 2023 in Paris, France.
Before finally being included in the list, UNESCO had 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, Maros Pangkep Geopark 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 districts, namely Maros Regency and Pangkajene Kepulauan 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 Travela buddy visiting this place will be treated to a stretch Karst broad with towering rocks as if supporting the sky.
The landscape is increasingly attractive with green plants that cover this area. His beauty is even more perfect thanks to the existence of the Leang-leang cave which is a prehistoric site. The 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 National Park-Bulusaraung.
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 flow in an upright and steep position, Bantimurung waterfall looks slightly sloping with a height of only 15-20 meters. (y)