Indonesia is waiting on decision from UNESCO as to whether two sites in the country will be designated as official geoparks. The Jakarta Post reported that the country’s Culture & Tourism Ministry submitted a proposal to UNESCO to create geoparks in Batur Lake, Bali, and Pacitan, East Java. If the applications are accepted, the sites will be the first UNESCO-listed geoparks in Indonesia. A geopark is a protected area containing a number of geological heritage sites, designed to encourage conservation, education and ecotourism. A UNESCO team will visit the Indonesian locations later this year, before announcing their final decision in September.
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