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.

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