New Indonesia UNESCO Geopark Announced

Tanjung Kelayang Tria credit Tinton Ariestanto

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) recently announced 8 new Global Geoparks including Belitong in Indonesia.

Belitong Geopark is located in Belitung Island, approximately 400 km north of Jakarta and 500 km south of Singapore.

UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development. They combine conservation and sustainable development while involving local communities.

Belitong Global Geopark copyright UNESCO

 

“Belitong” is the traditional name of Belitung Island, a tin-rich island with fascinating history, spectacular geology and beautiful landscape and represents the customs, culture and history of the people living in the island.

Biodiversity Surveys have identified around 566 plant species, 11 mammal species, including the Belitong Tarsier, and 94 species of birds.

Belitong Tarsier credit Belitong Geopark

Tarsiers live and jump through the trees to catch their food, which is mainly insect based, although can include lizards, snakes and birds.

They are are small with very large eyes, elongated hind legs and feet, a thin tail and long fingers. They are generally nocturnal (active at night). Tarsiers are born with fur and their eyes open and can climb trees within an hour of birth.

Belitong Tarsiers are only found on Belitong and inhabit the primary forest, but with increasing human impact have become adaptable to secondary forests and plantation areas, as long as there is suitable undergrowth available. These areas are the habitat for the insects on which they feed.

They are classified as endangered.

KUALE GRANITE MANGROVE FOREST

Mangrove granite rock where at least 6 species of mangrove trees can be found. During the nineteenth century, this area was known as a trading port connecting the river to the Natuna Sea in the north.

Visitors can walk along 650 metre-long track along the river edge while enjoying the mangrove forest. 

Belitong’s fourth oldest mosque is situated around this river and just 300 metres away is an ancient Konghucu temple built two years earlier than the mosque.

Kuale Granite Mangrove Forest credit Belitong Geopark
Kuale Granite Mangrove Forest credit Belitong Geopark

TERONG TOURISM VILLAGE

Terong credit Belitong Geopark

Terong tourism village is made up of four sites; Bebatu (agro-tourism), Bukit Tebalu (nature), Aik Rusa Berehun (creative tourism) and the surrouding mangrove forest.

TANJUNG KELAYANG TRIAS GRANITE ROCK

Featuring exotic views from the coastal rock structures composed of Triassic (213 million years ago) granite Tor morphology undersea which has been recognised as world class geological heritage.

A small island cluster is formed from these rock structures which offer stunning views and crystal clear water perfect for exploring both on land and sea. Other culturally significant attractions include a colonial lighthouse at Lengkuas Island.

Tanjung Kelayang Tria credit Oki Oktariadi
Tanjung Kelayang Tria credit Tinton Ariestanto

More information on the Belitong Geopark is available on the official website.

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