Global Geopark Network was founded in 2014 and became a UNESCO program in 2015 with 195 member countries. The Raja Ampat district government is have huge intention to implement and implement the concept of sustainable regional development through Geopark.
This wish was conveyed to the central government, through the coordinating ministry for Maritime Affairs. The Raja Ampat government’s commitment began with the issuance of the Regent’s Decree No. 236/2016 concerning RAJA AMPAT GEOPARK MANAGEMENT INSTITUTION.
Furthermore, in 2017 Raja Ampat was designated as a National Geopark. The Raja Ampat Geopark which was built on a bottom-up basis, involving the local government, local communities, and stakeholders, expressed their desire to be designated a National Geopark.
The success of Raja Ampat as a National Geopark will raise the degree of conservation, education, and local economic value growth through geotourism in the Raja Ampat Regency area. The element of geological heritage from the rock aspect shows that the Raja Ampat Geopark is a geological history record that represents one tenth of the Earth’s evolutionary process which is 4.5 billion years old.
The non-geological heritage in the Raja Ampat Geopark area, namely biodiversity and culture (present, past) has a close relationship with geological heritage, before finally forming a complete piece of Earth’s history story.
Likewise with intangible heritage, all of which are reflections. from the history, customs, beliefs, and local wisdom of the local community. The various heritages of the Earth are protected in the form of national legislation, thereby strengthening the conservation aspects of existing geological and non-geological heritages.
Raja Ampat Geopark towards UNESCO Global Geopark starts from 2020 by compiling a master plan based on the following: 16 Focus UNESCO Global Geoparks, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Presidential Regulation of the Republic of Indonesia, Coral Triangle Declaration, and Manokwari Declaration.
Raja Ampat Geopark has the privilege of being a Geopark area traversed by the equator, so that part of the area is located in the northern hemisphere and partly in the southern hemisphere. This is what inspired the Raja Ampat Geopark tagline, namely “The Emerald Karst of The Equator”
Celebrating geological heritage, biodiversity, and culture to improve community welfare through sustainable use and sustainable development throughout the aUGGp Raja Ampat area.
By referring to Regents Mandate No. 263 year 2016, issued in December 19 2016, regarding the organization in charge and management structure for the Raja Ampat Geopark, The Geopark shall be managed by a group of stakeholders consisting the representatives from local government and community.
The Regent of Raja Ampat will be the person in charge for the Geopark. Within the operation, the Regent will be assisted by some advisors; the advisors with the capability and knowledge regarding sustainable economical development will be the Vice Regent and the Region Secretary. The advisors are assigned to give insights and ideas in solving problems that may occur during the operation of the Geopark.
The Raja Ampat Geopark is managed in a multi-stakeholder manner ; using penta-helix model involving five main sectors, namely :
(1) Local Government;
(3) Local Communities;
(4) Business World; and
(5) Media, become a part of the management agency.
So of course the Raja Ampat Geopark supports and influences sustainable development, development policies, and the strategy of the Raja Ampat Regency Government.