Indonesia’s Culture and Tourism Ministry has submitted to UNESCO a proposal for Batur Lake in Bali and the East Java town of Pacitan to be approved as geoparks.
“Batur and Pacitan were submitted to UNESCO in September 2010. We’re asking for people’s support and prayers so that [UNESCO] will approve them [as geoparks],” the ministry’s director for tourism products Acyaruddin said recently, as quoted by kompas.com on Saturday.
He said both spots would be the first UNESCO-approved geoparks in Indonesia.
Acyaruddin said that if the documentation for the proposal was in order, a UNESCO team would survey the two locations in June or July.
UNESCO would then announce its decision in September, he added.