Indonesian mountains may become UNESCO geoparks
Three Indonesian mountains may soon be classified by UNESCO as part of its Global Network of National Geoparks. The Jakarta Post reported that Lombok’s Mount Rinjani, Bali’s Mount Batur, and Mount Sewu in East Java, have all had their nominations to the scheme accepted. A formal application will follow, detailing the mountains’ geology, economic situation, natural features and human activities. A UNESCO assessment team will arrive in April to inspect the mountains, the report added. Currently, Southeast Asia only has one UNESCO-listed Geopark, on Malaysia’s Langkawi Island.