The Governor of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Dr. H. Zulkieflimansyah said that the appointment of Lombok as the location of the 2019 Asia Pacific Geopark Networks (APGN) Symposium was very meaningful for the people of NTB. It will be remembered as an important point in NTB’s history and used as motivation to reach the region’s full potential.
In his speech at the opening ceremony of the 2019 APGN Symposium at the Lombok Raya Hotel, Mataram, on Tuesday (3/9), the Governor looked back on the devastating earthquake that hit the NTB community last year. With a large earthquake several times and thousands of times of small earthquakes. The Governor, more commonly known as simply Dr. Zul, praised the spirit of the NTB people who persevere in the wake of such a disaster. “A strong person is a person who falls seven times, but is able to rise eight times.” Listening to the Governor’s remarks was the President of the Global Geopark Network, Guy Martini, Executive Chairman of the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, Prof. Dr. H. Arief Rachman, and other related parties.
He added that hosting APGN was a chance to show the world the true strength of the people of NTB. “Last year, we were hit by an earthquake not only seven times, but more than two thousand times. But the people of NTB were able to show the world that they rose more than three thousand times,“ said the Governor, who was met with applause from the participants. The Governor said that his goal is to maintain the geological heritage of NTB with a real policy approach of protecting the region, promoting education and practicing sustainable development. “I hope that the APGN activities will become a forum to share experiences and to learn how to manage natural potential for the future survival of the community”.
Governor of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Dr. H. Zulkieflimansyah with the Executive Chairman of the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, Prof. Dr. H. Arief Rachman, officially opening the 6th Asia Pacific Geopark Networks (APGN) event at the Lombok Raya Hotel, Mataram (3/9/2019).
Echoing the governor’s point, the Executive Chairman of the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, Prof. Dr. H. Arief Rachman, emphasized that the APGN symposium was intended to give birth to platforms from various parties for geopark and geosite management. The intention is that, in the future, geoheritage may be built for the community and government. He also recounted the history of the APGN Symposiums, which began in 2007. First, the Langkawi Geopark in Malaysia, the second Dongpan Geopark in Vietnam, the third is in Jeju Island, South Korea, the fourth in Japan, the fifth in China and the sixth in Lombok, NTB, Indonesia.
Representing the Government, he expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Governor of NTB, the regional and city governments throughout NTB, the managers and offices of the Rinjani Geopark secretariat, the NGOs and all the people who have contributed to the success of this international event.