Langkawi Tourism Blueprint 2011-2015

8th December 2011 – Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak recently has launced Langkawi Tourism Blueprint. In this blueprint among 14 initiative are Iconic Geopark, which will focusing in developing Geopark Discovery Center in Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and upgrading infrastructure at three geoforest parks, Machinchang Cambrian, Kilim Karst and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park. A comprehensive conservation plan for Langkawi will be develop and enforce with new Park Ranger. Public education will be targeted to local community and tourists. 

 

1st International Conference on African & Arabian Geoparks

20-28 November 2011 - 1st International Conference on African & Arabian Geoparks was held in El-Jadida, Morocco. During this conference Arabian Geoparks Network was launched aims to help the Arabian country in their effort to bring together various parties with an interest in fostering geoparks in the region. Previously, in 2009 during a meeting of the African Association of Women in Geoscience, African Geoparks Network was established. The creation of this new network gives testimony to the successful collaboration of these regional and global networks.

 

10th European Geoparks Conference, Gea Norvegica Geopark, Norway

16-20 September 2011 – The 10th European Geoparks Conference is been held in Langesund at the southern coast of Norway. This conference is held annually at European Geoparks Network’s member. During this conference, 9 new geoparks has been endorsed with several other existing member of Global Geoparks Network including Langkawi has been given ‘green card’. This means that another 4 years membership in the GGN. However, there are several comments from the Geopark Experts through UNESCO that Langkawi has to look into including conservation issues in Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and collaboration or engaging local community with the geopark. 

Langkawi Geopark’s Revalidation Mission 2011

26-28 July 2011 - Two UNESCO’s Geopark Experts, Dr Richard Watson from Marble Arch Geopark, Ireland and Dr Mahito Watanabe from Geological Survey of Japan has come to revalidate Langkawi Geopark. During this 3 days mission, both of the experts have been brought to several geosites and to meet with local community. At the last of the mission, during debriefing of validation documents, the Experts have comments on Langkawi Geopark’s progress for the last four years. The result of the revalidation will be announced during 10th European Geoparks Conference in September 2011 in Gea Norvegica Geopark, Norway. 

Langkawi Geopark Carnival 2011

The Langkawi Geopark Carnival beginning May 30, 2008 in conjunction with its first anniversary.

The three-day carnival will be held at Dataran Lang in Kuah and the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) in Padang Matsirat. Dataran Lang is a 19-acre landmark located near the new Jetty Mall Complex and is adjacent to the CHOGM Park and Taman Lagenda.

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