The Emerald Karst of The Equator
Raja Ampat Geopark is a special area, in the form of a karst archipelago that lies right on the equator. Its geological uniqueness is on an international scale, with the discovery of the oldest exposed rock in the world, aged 439 – 360 million years ago (Silur – Devonian) located in Misool. Like a book, the geological history of Raja Ampat area is completely composed and represents almost a tenth of the age of the earth.
This area cannot be separated from the megabiodiversity of Papua. So it is not surprising that most of the area is included in the conservation area. Raja Ampat marine and terrestrial ecosystems are home to hundreds of unique, rare, and endangered species. It is also home to various types of endemic animals and plants, which cannot be found anywhere on Earth.
Various indigenous people and immigrants, blend into the local community and contribute to the cultural diversity of Raja Ampat. They inherit a priceless cultural wealth, both in the form of objects and intangible objects. Everything is perfectly recorded, such as in the form of rock paintings from prehistoric times, sacred egg stones from the folklore of the Origin of Raja Ampat, to traditional dances and ceremonies, which illustrate the close relationship of the local community with the natural surroundings.
Raja Ampat Geopark is represented by 29 geosites. Each site not only has local, regional, national, dan international scale values, but also has a function, both scientific, educational, and an element of beauty. Local communities and indigenous people who live in Raja Ampat Geopark area actively participated in the implementation of various activities. This is in line with the UNESCO Global Geopark slogan: Celebrating Earth Heritage and Sustaining Local Communities.
“Geoparks, a UNESCO initiative, are the 21st century’s new territories, where conservation and enhancement of geological heritage cohabit with experimentation and sustainable development.”
General Secretary of the Global Geoparks Network and Chairperson of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council
“Geopark is a development tool that has the potential to reduce marginality of society.”
Coordinator to Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN) and Vice-President of Global Geoparks Network Association (GGNA)
RAJA AMPAT GEOPARK BOUNDARIES
Most of the Geopark area is located in the central part of the Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua Province. However, not all administrative areas are the boundaries of the Raja Ampat Geopark. As a water boundary, the Raja Ampat Geopark uses a Regional Marine Conservation Area and a National Aquatic Nature Reserve. While on land, the Raja Ampat Geopark is bordered by the district administration area and nature reserves.
24 Districts of Raja Ampat Regency
Terrestrial Conservation Area
Regional Water Conservation Area
National Marine Sanctuary
“The Forest is the Mother, The Sea is The Father, and The Coast is the Child”.
To realize our vision,
“Celebrating geological heritage, biodiversity, and culture to improve community welfare through sustainable use and sustainable development throughout the aUGGp Raja Ampat area”
we carry the following 3 goals and misson.
Ensure the preservation of geological heritage by creating world-quality educational and research facilities, and strengthening the role of various parties regarding geotourism and disaster risk reduction education in Raja Ampat.
Creating space & opportunities as world-quality learning and research media on biodiversity conservation and its ecosystems, as well as understanding climate change and its sustainable use for the welfare of the people of Raja Ampat.
Optimizing the participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in strengthening and preserving cultural heritage in a sustainable manner for the welfare of the Raja Ampat people.
Develop governance and wise use of resources, by utilizing local and global networks, related to the implementation of tourism and regional economic growth in Raja Ampat.
Ensuring the protection of the Earth’s heritage and preserving it in a sustainable manner.
Creating space and opportunities as world-quality learning and research media.
Optimizing the economic growth through strengthening partnership and governance.
ARTICLES & EVENTS
Various activities that have been carried out by Geopark Raja Ampat
Collaborating with partners, Raja Ampat geopark successfully organizes various educational programs. Throughout 2019 to 2021, various activities were carried out with the aim of educational programs not only for school children, but also for youth/students.
Climate Change & Natural Hazard
Raja Ampat Geopark is responding to climate change problems through anticipatory steps, including by developing and promoting local products and eco-friendly homestay with local wisdom. Based on the conditions Raja Ampat has the potential for disasters, such as floods and landslides, as well as earthquakes and tsunamis, because this area is flanked by the Australia – Indonesia plate and the Pacific Ocean.
The Raja Ampat geopark conducts international collaborations with partnerships in the Global Geopark Networks, Asia – Pacific Global Geopark Network, and the Indonesia geopark Networks through various activities.
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PARTNERSHIP IS OUR STRENGTH.
TOGETHER WE ALL CELEBRATING THE EARTH’S HERITAGE FOR THE WELFARE OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY IN RAJA AMPAT.