Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Unesco status hopeful Langkawi is declared geopark

It would be a great gift for the country, and the Kedah Ruler, if Langkawi is declared Unesco’s 50th National Geopark.

Langkawi Geopark Scientific/Technical committee chairman Prof Mohd Shafeea Leman added that the country was celebrating its 50th National Day this year while next year, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah would be honoured for the 50th anniversary of his coronation.

A Unesco team of assessors left Langkawi yesterday after spending four days on the island assessing its application to become a Unesco Geopark.

“The team is also assessing several other proposed sites in other countries, including Australia. We hope Langkawi will make it as the 50th Unesco National Geopark,” Prof Shafeea said after introducing Tunku Puteri Intan Shafinaz Tuanku Abdul Halim to the assessors.

Tunku Puteri Intan Shafinaz, the youngest daughter of the Sultan, is the royal patron of Langkawi Geopark.

A geopark is an area with significant geological heritage sites.

Prof Shafeea said the geopark could be used as an avenue to impart knowledge and promote awareness among locals, tourists and students.

Source : STAR
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