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destination Mount Rinjani in West Nusa Tenggara is showing
increasing volcanic activity, prompting local authorities to put it
on alert status and ban tourists from scaling the volcano.
"Two small eruptions at Mount Baru Jari were recorded on Saturday
afternoon and the alert status has been raised," Heriyadi Rachmat,
from the province's Mining and Mineral Resource office, told The
The 2,800-meter Mount Baru Jari, part of Mount Rinjani, is located
in the center of its crater and surrounded by the famous Lake Segara
Heriyadi said his office detected initial volcanic activity on
Thursday, when four small earthquakes were recorded in the area.
“A volcano and disaster mitigation team has been dispatched to Mount
Rinjani to monitor the situation," he said.
Arief Toengkagie, head of the Mount Rinjadi National Park, said that
his office had closed Mount Rinjani to tourists.
“We have reopened the mountain to tourists starting today but not
recommended to stay overnight at the Lake. We don't know for how
long. It depends on how the situation develops and on the reports
from the disaster mitigation team," he said.
An active volcano on Indonesia’s Lombok island has spewed lava and
hot ash nearly 1,200 meters into the sky but poses no immediate
threat to local villagers.
Surono, director of Indonesia’s Volcanology Agency, said the Tuesday
eruption followed four smaller eruptions on Friday.
He said the nearest village is several kilometers away from the
7,795-foot (2,376-meter) Mount Barujari and is not threatened.
Mount Barujari is the cone on the iconic Gunung Rinjani.
Surono said Barujari has shown mild activity for the last two years.
UNESCO global geo park
Post On : March 27,
Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara, may soon be
classed as a geopark, a nationally protected area containing a
number of geological heritage sites of importance, rarity or
An official at the province’s Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry,
Heriyadi Rahmat, said UNESCO had accepted nominations to include
Mount Rinjani in the global geopark network.
The UN body has also
accepted similar nominations for Mount Batur in Bangli regency,
Bali; and Mount Sewu in Pacitan, East Java.
Heriyadi, who is also the coordinator of the team that proposed
Rinjani’s inclusion into the network, said they are currently
preparing to complete the application form.
He said the form includes information that identifies Rinjani’s
region, geological description, economic situation (from population,
infrastructure and manpower), natural landscape (climate, biology
and habitat) as well as human activities (archeological and cultural
“The form includes management plans and structure, policy strategy,
sustainable development and action plans,” said Heriyadi, who is a
member of the Indonesian Geologists Association.
“Rinjani meets physical
requirements to become a geopark.”
His team has recently met with Director General of Tourism
Destination at the Culture and Tourism Ministry to discuss the
UNESCO’s assessment team, comprising members from China, France,
Italy and Malaysia, is expected to arrive and verify the Rinjani
proposal in April.
The UNESCO team will also verify two other sites, Mount Batur and
The world heritage sites are part of an integrated concept of
protection, education and sustainable development.
As of August 2009, 64 national geoparks in 19 states are members of
the Global Network of National Geoparks assisted by UNESCO.
Southeast Asia only has one, on Langkawi Island in Malaysia.
Once included in the network, Rinjani’s management responsibility
will be shared and UNESCO will assist in its promotion.
Heriyadi said the proposal to include Mount Rinjadi as one of the
geoparks under UNESCO was put forth in mid-2008.
The process is ongoing, including with the team’s presentation at
the 11th Geo Southeast Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in June last
“Rinjani meets physical requirements to become a geopark,” Heriyadi
The 3,726-meter mountain is a unique site, with the presence of
crescent-shaped Segara Anak lake on its crater and active volcano
Baru Jari nearby.
Mount Rinjani is the second-highest volcano in the country after the
3,800-meter Mount Kerinci in Sumatra. Its peak is located on the
eastern park of the caldera, where a new active volcano has emerged.
Based on research, the mountain had several major eruptions, which
formed extraordinary natural stone morphology within the Mount
Rinjani National Park area.
The mountain, as part of the national park, is currently managed by
Rinjani Trek Management Board, a body comprising members of the
government, NGOs, the community and tourism businesspeople.
Since managed by the board, the mountain has received several
awards, locally and internationally, including the 2004 World Legacy
Award and was finalist of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in 2005
Apart from its extraordinary scenery and unique flora and fauna, the
region is also home to rich traditional customs, traditions and
Last year along, the park was visited by 4,800 foreign tourists and
3,500 domestic ones.
“As a volcano, Rinjani has great geotourism potential with its
scenic caldera, lake, crater, waterfall, hot water spring, its
eruption history and many more,” he said.
However, he noted low support from the provincial administration on
the proposal, saying it was maybe because the idea being put forward
by the professional organization, not the geologists association.
Other proposals, both in Bali and East Java, came from the local
Head of Tourism and Culture Office Lalu Gita Aryadi, was hopeful the
proposal could be realized.
“If it was named the world’s geopark, more tourists would come.”
Mount Rinjani up
for world heritage list next year 2011
Post On : March 02,
Lombok Island's Mount Rinjani National Park may well join UNESCO's
World Heritage List next year because of the incredible symmetry the
park provides between nature and local culture.
To be included on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization's world heritage list the national park must
meet at least one of 10 selection criteria and be of outstanding
universal value, says UNESCO's official website.
The national park's head M. Arief Tongkagie said Wednesday he had
submitted a proposal to UNESCO because of the park's outstanding
natural panorama and the surrounding local residents' commitment to
preserving the area's local culture.
Arief said the proposal included data collected over a four year
period and would be sent to UNESCO's World Heritage Commission via
Indonesia's central government.
An approval of the proposal by UNESCO's committee would see a
massive boost to Lombok's tourism industry and would ensure the
ongoing preservation of the environment around the national park,
""The logic is that once it is declared part of the world heritage
list, other nations in the world will feel a sense of ownership
too,"" he said.
""It means if the park is damaged, we will all feel a sense of loss
and other nations may help us care for the park,"" Arief said.
The national park takes up 40,330-hectares and is the most important
tourist destination in the province.
Administratively it belongs in part to West, Central and East Lombok
Park management data shows the number of foreign and domestic
tourists visiting the park reaches about 4,500 and 250,000,
respectively, every year.
""In the period between July and September the number of visitors
tends to increase in line with holiday seasons in other countries,""
""Foreign visitors come mostly from European countries, Australia,
New Zealand and other parts of Asia.""
The park's Mount Rinjani sits 3,762 meters above sea level.
At Senaru village, which is located at one of the trekking gates to
Mount Rinjani, traditional housing has been well-maintained, as has
the park's Wetu Telu Islamic community.
The Hindus also maintain their culture by commemorating the ngulam
pekelem ceremony at Segara Anak Lake, located some 2,500 meters
above sea level.
""Thengulam pakelem ceremony sees thousands of local Hindus conduct
their religious ritual at the lake,"" Arief said.
""And there are many other local cultures which are still intact
amid the current modern era.""
In anticipation of a growing tourism trade, park management has
opened a new gate in Tembilo, East Lombok, in addition to the
existing gates at Senaru, West Lombok, and Sembalun, East Lombok.
In cooperation with the Rinjani Track Management Board, park
administration has tried to involve and empower local villagers as
much as possible to help boost the development of tourism and the
overall preservation of the national park.
Mount Rinjani was made a world legacy award winner in 2004 by
Conservation International and National Geographic Traveler
""This award was given to us because we were considered to have been
capable of the park's conservation at the same time as improving the
people's welfare,"" Arief said.