Officially entering the UNESCO Global Geopark, What is happening at Maros Pangkep Geopark?
Geopark Maros Pangkep in South Sulawesi officially joined UNESCO Global Geopark based on the recommendation of the UNESCO Global Geopark Council meeting in Thailand.
Maros Pangkep Geopark itself is located in two regencies, namely Maros Regency and Pangkajene Island System. Conduct, Geopark Maros Pangkep includes an area of 223,629 hectares and Spermonde Islands with an area of 88,965 hectares.
In Maros Pangkep Geopark, you can find karst. Karst is an area made up of limestone that is so porous that water on the surface is always seeping into the ground.
Karst can also be interpreted as a type of surface that is generally associated with closed depressions, drains, and caves.
Maros Pangkep Karst is one of the most valuable karst in the world which is beautiful, unique, flora and fauna, great science and culture. This region is the second largest karst region after South China.
Karst Maros Pangkep has hundreds of caves that were inhabited by ancient people. The culture of the past is illustrated by artefacts dating back more than 40 thousand years. It is also home to millions of species of butterflies that have earned the nickname “Kingdom of Butterflies”.
Maros Pangkep Geopark in South Sulawesi. (Photo: iStockphoto/Jumadil Awal)
As a park, there are many sustainable tourism-based activities in Maros-Pangkep. Starting from the geosite, biological site, and cultural site.
Geosites such as Rijang Bantimala Complex, Pateteyang-Cempaga Metamorphic Complex, Samura Parenreng Crust Rock, etc. At present, biological sites such as Bengo-Makaroewa Scientific Forest, Karaenta First Forest, Kehati Park, Tonasa Botanic Park, and Puncak Argo Botanic Park.
Then, Cultural Sites such as Bellae Prehistoric Complex, Sumpang Bita Prehistoric Park, hunting grounds, etc. In Maros Pangkep Geopark there is also a world information center.
The geological information displayed includes the distribution of rock formations, geological history, karst conditions, natural disasters, natural resources, biographical data, and national monuments and parks.