Nusa Penida is one of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia. Situated in the province of Bali, the outlying island is home to endangered wildlife like turtles, manta rays, and even critically endangered birds like the Bali Starling.
The island has a wealth of natural beauty to preserve, and leaders are taking their role in protecting the landscape seriously.
The Regent of Klungkung, I Nyoman Suwirta, has confirmed that he and his local government will be proposing that Nusa Penida become a protected geopark.
According to UNSECO, Global Geoparks “are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.”
Right now, there are 195 Global Geoparks in the world, spread across 48 countries. Mount Batur Geopark is located on the main island of Bali, and the protections on the land around Mount Batur and Kintamani have helped protect the fragile volcanic ecosystem of the heart of the island.
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Regent Suwirta has spoken to reporters about the work he and his local government are doing to upgrade the tourism infrastructure on Nusa Penida in order to ensure the destination remains a must-visit hotspot for international visitors.
The local leader has confirmed that he is in communication with the Ministry of National Development Planning and hopes to gain funding to give Nusa Penida protected Geopark status within Indonesian law.
The three islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan are all protected as part of the Bali Bird Sanctuary.
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Way back in 2006, 35 villages agreed to make localized legislation to protect wild birds. This has now extended to 41 villages, and the work of the communities, along with the Friends of the National Park Foundation, has been pivotal in bringing the Bali Starling back from the very brink of extinction.
Given the isolated nature and small size of the islands, localized conservation management is essential.
Geopark status whether through the Indonesian government or UNSECO, would give local leaders the vital funds needed to make decisions regarding development, especially tourism development, with nature in mind.
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Speaking to reporters, the Director of Regional Development for the Ministry of National Development Planning confirmed that he wants to see Nusa Penida become a geopark.
Togu Pardede told reporters, “I have seen firsthand the potential and beauty of Nusa Penida.“
“We will certainly support this with access to financing from the central government and ministries through the ministry’s DAK [special allocation] funds.”
The waters around Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan are all protected as part of the Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area (MPA).
The protected ecosystem spans over 20,000 hectares and is a landscape not only vital to marine wildlife but also to local people.
The marine biodiversity in and around Nusa Penisa plays a significant role in the day-to-day lives of over 48,000 people living in the area.
Whether through fishing, seaweed farming, or tourism, the health of the living landscape has serious implications for both local people and tourists.
In fact, it is Nusa Penida’s natural beauty that makes it such a popular tourist destination. The breathtaking rugged clifftop view over Kelingking Beach is possibly one of the world’s most iconic landscapes.
The crystal clear waters that lap against the shores of Diamond Beach, Atuh Beach, and the aptly named Crystal Beach are all high on the must-visit list of tourists planning their trips to Nusa Penida.
But this is all under threat if tourism development does not include specific environmental protections.
A geopark status would help protect the land, as well as the ocean, from rampant tourism development in the form of hotels, resorts, beach clubs, and restaurants, as has been seen in other parts of Bali.
The proposal to make Nusa Penida a geopark has a host of benefits to both tourists and local people, and with top officials at the Ministry of National Development Planning committing to stand behind the plans, we can expect to see more positive news coming out soon.
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