Unesco experts start Langkawi geopark status study

LANGKAWI: Two assessors from Unesco have started their assessment work to determine Langkawi’s global geopark status.

Geopark experts Pablo Rivas Paloma from Spain and Pasquale Li Puma from Italy began with a field trip to Kilim Karst Geoforest Park yesterday, accompanied by Langkawi Development Authority CEO Tan Sri Khalid Ramli and researchers from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.

The Unesco Global Geoparks Network experts, who were joined by local researchers from the universities, also visited the Langkawi Research Centre and the Machin-chang Cambrian Geoforest Park.

The mission continues today with a visit to the Langkawi Craft Complex, the Geopark School Project at SMK Kedawang, the Langkawi Product Gallery and the Dayang Bunting Geoforest Park.

Lada said in a statement that the results of the assessment would be announced during the Asia Pacific Geopark Conference at San’in Kaigan Global Geopark in Japan next month.

Langkawi was recognised as a global geopark by Unesco on June 1, 2007 under its GGN programme, becoming the first in South-East Asia and the 52nd in the world to earn the recognition.

The mission is conducted every four years. Langkawi’s membership in GGN was extended after passing its first assessment in 2011 that enabled it to continue earning the global geopark status until 2014.

Besides geological and natural environment aspects, the assessment includes heritage, tourism, education and community involvement in relation to the geopark status. — Bernama

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