PADAWAN: Sarawak Delta’s designation as the sixth national geopark is another national accomplishment, particularly in light of the state government’s and local authorities’ efforts to preserve and conserve natural resources.
In stating this, Forestry Department director Datuk Hamden Mohammad said the area’s current development policy will not change as a result of its designation as a national geopark.
“The development of the geosites will indirectly spur the socio economic development of the local community through the geo-tourism concept,” he said.
“It is set to boost the state’s sustainable economy as this is the state’s newest geo-tourism icon, in the worldwide niche tourism sector,” he said at the state-level International Day of Forests 2022 celebration held at Industrial Forest Research Centre (IFRC) here on Tuesday (June 28).
Hamden added that in order to raise the standard of living in the neighbourhood, such an effort would promote the integrated conservation of the area’s natural resources and cultural heritage.
“The cooperation and collaboration of all agencies and stakeholders are very important to ensure the success of the management and implementation of Sarawak Delta Geopark,” he said.
He also said the state’s newest geo-tourism icon in the global niche tourism sector is expected to strengthen the state’s sustainable economy.
“The geopark is a treasure that we can explore, discover, and connect with the people and places of Sarawak. It is an extraordinary landscape with a unique geological heritage,” he said.
The Sarawak Delta Geopark, is located in the west of Sarawak covering Kuching Division and a small portion of Serian Division.
It is a 3,112 square kilometre land and water territory under the jurisdiction of Kuching District, Bau District, Padawan Sub-district, and Siburan Sub-District.