Malaysia is known as a leading economy in Asia, and Kuala Lumpur, its capital city, as one of the top megacities in the region. In 1987, Malaysia catapulted Langkawi, one of its archipelagos, into the international tourism map, and today Malaysia is proud to have its first and only geopark recognized by UNESCO, the Langkawi Geopark.
In 1998, UNESCO launched its World Geopark program for the purpose of recognizing sites around the world that value earth science, and in 2007, the Langkawi Island was chosen as one of these sites. The objectives are to educate people on how science is helping to improve life in the planet, conduct geology-related research studies, highlight each member-nation’s unique culture, and promote and improve communication among member-nations. UNESCO hopes to identify 500 geoparks all over the globe and so far there are 30 in Asia: 24 in China, three in Japan, one in Korea, one in Vietnam, and, of course, one in Malaysia. [Read more…]