Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno hopes that Rammang-rammang will have the status of a UNESCO Global Geopark. Here are seven facts about Rammang-rammang.
Sandiaga Uno visited Rammang-rammang this week. There is a discourse that the karst area in the Maros-Pangkep Geopark, South Sulawesi, should be included in the UNESCO Global Geopark list.
The plan is that in July 2021, a team from UNESCO will assess the feasibility of the Maros-Pangkep Geopark area to be included in the UNESCO Global Geopark list.
“Today, I give full support to Maros-Pangkep, the geopark that we have proposed as a UNESCO Global Geopark,” said Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno when visiting the Maros-Pangkep Geological Information Center, Thursday (17/6).
Menparekraf Sandiaga Uno in Rammang-rammang, Maros Photo: Muhammad Taufiqqurrahman/Bali Tourism
The legitimacy of UNESCO is expected to have a significant impact on the sustainability of the potential conservation in the Maros-Pangkep Geopark. In addition, it becomes an effective promotional tool so that it can increase the interest of tourists, not only domestic but also foreign.
“Reflecting on Belitung’s success in getting the UNESCO Global Geopark, we hope that at the same time we can increase tourist attraction in Rammang-rammang, especially in terms of natural and environmental sustainability,” said Sandiaga.
“Besides that, it opens the widest possible employment opportunities, captures local wisdom and of course makes Pangkep a district that experiences better economic growth and improves the welfare of its people,” Sandiaga added.
Here are seven facts about Rammang-rammang in the Maros-Pangkep Geopark area:
1. The second largest karst area in the world
The Maros – Pangkep National Geopark (GNMP) / Maros Pangkep Aspiring Unesco Global Geopark (MPAUGGp) area covers two regencies, namely Maros Regency and Pangkajene Islands Regency. Administratively, it belongs to the land area with an area of 223,629 ha and the Spermonde Islands with an area of 88,965 ha.
The Maros-Pangkep Geopark has received the status of a National Geopark in 2017. This area is listed as the second largest karst area in the world after the karst area in China. In particular, the karst area in Maros Pangkep has the second largest and most beautiful type of karst tower in the world after the karst area in Shilin Yi, Yunnan Province, China.
The Maros Pangkep Karst is one of the world-class karsts that have beauty, uniqueness, flora and fauna, high scientific and socio-cultural values.
2. Hundreds of Ancient Caves
Karst Maros-Pangkep has hundreds of caves that were once inhabited by prehistoric humans. The culture of the past is depicted through the relics of 40,000 years old prehistoric paintings.
The painting was found in Leang Timpuseng in 2014. The painting is in the form of a hand stamp and a deer pig. The painting made by hand in El Castillo, Spain, is no longer the oldest in the world.
Traces of ancient paintings were also found in Leang Burung, Leang Pettae, and Leang Pettakere.
Meanwhile, at Leang Bettue, tens of thousands of years old jewelry were found.
In addition there is Gem Cave. The stalactites and stalagmites in this cave have a variety of unique shapes. There is the form of a sitting dog, a dinosaur, and there is also one that resembles a mother holding her baby.
3. Butterfly Kingdom
In this area live millions of butterfly species, even earning the nickname “Kingdom of Butterfly”. The predicate was given by the British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace.
Butterflies in Bantimurung Park Photo: (moehammad bakrie/Bali Tourism)
Wallace collected 232 species of butterflies (Lepidoptera) consisting of 139 species of Papilionoidea, 70 species of moths, and 23 species of Hesperiidae (skippers).
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