Ranau: The Kinabalu Park is inching closer towards becoming the bearer of yet another of Unesco's recognitions with efforts to introduce the area as a Global Geosite.
Sabah Park Director Dr Jamili Nais said the proposal will once again harness the spirit of camaraderie between the State Government, Sabah Parks and the communities surrounding Mount Kinabalu towards achieveing the common good.
"Within Unesco there are three main recognitions, namely World Heritage Site, Global Geopark and as a Biosphere Reserve via the Man And Biosphere Programme.
"Kinabalu Park is already recognised as a World Heritage Site, while the Crocker Range Park has already been acknowledged as a Biosphere Reserve. That leaves us with one last recognition to attain, which is as a Global Geopark. And as far as I can recall, there is only one single place on earth where all three recognitions were successfully obtained, and that's Jeju Island in Korea," he said.
Jamili said should the effort to vie for the Global Goepark status from Unesco resulted in a favorable outcome, then we could laud to the whole world that Mount Kinabalu and Crocker Range have attained the coveted Unesco "Tripple Crown".
Jamili said this in his welcoming speech at the Kinabalu Geopark Proposal (Siri 1/2017) briefing that was held at the Rafflesia Meeting Room in Kinabalu National Park on Friday.
To make it all happen, four proffessors from the National Professors Council – Prof Emeritus Dato Dr Ibrahim Komoo, Prof Dr Che Aziz Ali, Prof Dr Sanuddin Tahir and Prof Dato Dr Norzaini Azman – were present at the briefing.
Labels: Crocker Range Park, Kinabalu National Park, Mount Kinabalu, Ranau, Sabah Parks, World Heritage Site