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September

 

After successfully holding the Asian Games 2018, Indonesia is preparing to hold the Asian Para Games in Jakarta on October 6 to 13. Just like the Asian Games 2018, the Asian Games 2018 also has its own mascot. The Asian community has become acquainted with the three Asian Games 2018 mascots namely Bhin Bhin -the Bird of Paradise, Atung -the Bawean deer, and Kaka -the one-horned rhinoceros. These three mascots have successfully attracted the hearts of the Asian Games people and guests so that their trinkets were sold out. In Asian Para Games, there is only one mascot, namely Momo. Momo is a Bald Eagle. The name Momo itself stands for Motivation and Mobility, which means that people must continue to advance and adapt easily to the times. Bald eagle is chosen because it was the mascot of Jakarta where the Asian Games 2018 was held. Bald eagle is known as strong and brave birds. What is unique and interesting from Momo is that the Asian Para Games is held in Jakarta; it wears a traditional Jakarta clothing belt. Someone who uses this belt is considered a hero in society. The Asian Para 2018 Games will be opened by President Joko Widodo on October 6, 2018 at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium, Jakarta. Chairperson of Indonesia Asian Para Games 2018 Organizing Committee -INAPGOC, Raja Sapta Oktohari said, the opening of Asian Para Games 2018 is expected as exciting as the Asian Games 2018. Asian Para Games 2018 will contest 18 sports: archery, running, badminton, goal ball, chess, cycling, judo, shooting, swimming, table tennis, fencing, volleyball, and basketball. The Para Asian Games will be participated by 41 National Olympic Games with a total of 2,800 athletes, 1,800 officials, and covered by 500 media both at home and abroad.

05
September

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Indonesian ambassador to Jordan, Andy Rachmianto, along with some foreign ambassadors to Jordan, accompanied Commisioner General of United Nations Refugee Work and Relief Agency for Palestinian Refugees( UNRWA ), Pierre Krähenbühl, during a visit to a refugee camp at Amman city, Jordan on Sunday (2/9). In the visit, Ambassador Andy directly affirmed to Krähenbühl, that Indonesia will support fundraising to assist UNRWA operational, either through domestic support or to persuade international countries to give more concern to UNRWA. UNRWA is a body of the United Nations which has mandate to ensure fulfillment of basic rights for Palestinian refugees that formed on May 1, 1950, that gives health service, education, and social to Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

As the largest archipelagic state in the world which is located in between two oceans, Indonesia always keeps good cooperation with Pacific countries to support Pacific region which is safe, opened, progressive and prosperous. This was stated by Director General of Asia Pacificand Africa of Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Desra Percaya, who led Indonesian delagation in the Summit of the 49th Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru, on September3-6, 2018. On the sidelines of the meeting, Ambassador Desra Percaya on Monday (3/9/2018) emphasized that Indonesia is a part that cannot be separated with Pacific. Ambassador Desra said that the priority program of the Indonesian gopvernment related to accelerate development of the Western region of Indonesia will also have positive impact for development in region of South Pacific. The Summit has a theme "Building a Strong Pacific: Our People, Our Islands, Our Will", which discussed issues that become mutual concern in Pacific, among others regional security, climate change and maritime security. The meeting also signed handing over chairmanship of Pacific Islands Forum from Samoa (2017-2018) to Nauru (2018-2019). In his opening speech, Presidentof Nauru, Baron Divavesi Waqa conveyed that the forum is place for Pacific countries to solve various mutual challenges which are faced in the region. The forum is forum of cooperation among countries in Pacific region which include 18 countries/regions, among others Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Polynesia France, New Caledonia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Federation of Micronesia, Palau, and Solomon Islands.The forum was established in 1971, and aimed to strengthen cooperation and integrity of policy of Pacific countries to achieve economic growth, sustainable development, good governance of the government, and also common regional security. Nauru is one of Pacific countries which has good relation with Indonesia. 

Training in Technology of Agricultural and Animal Husbandryfor African countriesis being held again by the Indonesian government. The training which has a theme International Training on Processing Technology of Agricultural and Animal Husbandry Products for African Countries: Sharing Best Practices to Achieve SDGs, is being held starting from September 1 10, 2018 in Malang and Batu, East Java. The training is held on cooperation of Directorate of Technique Cooperation of Foreign Affairs Ministry along with Ministry of Agriculture, in this regard, Training Center of Agriculture of Ketindan region and Training Center of animal husbandry of Batu region, and also Non-Aligned Movement Center for South-South Technical Cooperation (NAM-CSSTC). There are 13 participants from 12 African countries, namely South Africa, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.The event is aimed to share knowledge and experience of Indonesia in agricultural and animal husbandry sector with African countries. The training is held to support Indonesia’s commitment on Indonesia-Africa Forum (IAF) which was held in Bali in April 2018.

05
September

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Indonesian government soon will realize the import limit policy for 900 consumption goods. This policy is aimed to strengthen economic fundamentals by reducing payment balance deficit. The ever-expanding Indonesian payment balance deficit turned into negative sentiments for the market players. This also contributed to the Rupiah weakening against USD. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani in Jakarta on Tuesday affirmed the legal basis for 900 consumption goods import limit had been readied in the form of Finance Minister Regulation. According to Sri Mulyani, her ministry will announce it on Wednesday or Thursday.//

Amidst global pressure which affected Rupiah exchange against USD, the government ensured Indonesian economic fundamentals remained strong against the turbulence. The only weakness is on the current account, which is 3 percent deficit. That was less than in 2014 which was 4.2 percent. Government kept strengthening real sector such as tourism, mining, and export. Economic Coordinating Minister Darmin Nasution after having a meeting with President Joko Widodo at the State Palace, Jakarta on Tuesday said macroeconomic policy was also effective. Nasution said, the economic fundamentals could be seen from the growth in 2nd quarter of 2018 amounting to 5.2 percent and the inflation per August was 3.2 percent. Darmin Nasution also asked the people not to compare current flux of Rupiah against USD with the 1998 crisis.//

Many pressures, both domestically and internationally, kept weakening the Rupiah. It is time to look for the best solution to maintain the exchange rate and the stability. In the spot market trade closing on Tuesday, Rupiah exchange rate was closed weakening 0.81 percent into RP 14,935 per USD or almost touching the psychologist level Rp 15,000 per USD. Government and related authorities had been striving to maintain Rupiah via a number of policies including monetary, fiscal and real. However, that had yet to maximally keep Rupiah from slumping further.//

03
September

Mosaic of Indonesia

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Deputy Governor  of Bank Indonesia, Dody Budi Waluyo agreed on a strategy to encourage Bangka Belitung tourism development with the local government as a source of economic growth and the national earnings of foreign exchange.Dody Budi Waluyo said in Pangkalpinang on Saturday that the Bangka Belitung tourism sector is very potential; one of which is Tanjung Kelayang on Belitung Island which was designated as Special Economic Zone through Government Regulations No. 6/2016 and becomes one of 10 national priority destinations. That is why, his side encourages the Babylonian tourism development.The development of Tanjung Kelayang Special Economic Zone is planned to be an integrated area with future development plans, including several star hotels, residential construction, retail and commercial areas, marine construction, and infrastructure for airport runways.Therefore, the government and Bank Indonesia agreed on a strategy to encourage tourism as a source of economic growth and foreign exchange revenues which included the determination of strategies for achieving tourism performance through increased accessibility, diversity of attractions, quality of facilities supported by strengthening promotion, and capacity building of tourism actors.

Around 3,500 artists from various arts backgrounds held a cultural parade along Jenderal Sudirman, Negara, Jembrana on Saturday.The parade of thousands of artists marked the end of the 123rd anniversary of the Negara City which lasted almost two months. Jembrana Regent, I Putu Artha when opening a cultural parade said that Negara City had a long historical journey with various dynamics. The development of this city cannot be separated from the togetherness of the community in the midst of diversity. Therefore, he asked, the entire community continues to foster this togetherness. So, Jembrana Regency will be more comfortable, harmonious and peaceful.According to him, in the series of Negara City Anniversary held every year, it is always closed with a cultural parade with the aim of preserving art and culture.Before the participants of the cultural parade were running, Head of the Administration of Goods and Services Administration of the Bali Provincial Government, I Ketut Adiarsa representing Acting Governor of Bali carried out a beating of the bumbung gebyog which was one type of traditional musical instrument.For two months, the celebration of Negara City Anniversary was colored with various art activities, sports tournaments and people's entertainment which were distributed in each district and even the village.

The information of Mosaic of Archipelago is that Komodo airport is expended to welcome IMF-WBG guests.West Manggarai Regent, Agustinus Ch Dula said, Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara -NTT, is currently being expanded to welcome guests to attend the International Monetary Fund-World Bank Group (IMF-WBG). Regent Agustinus said in Kupang on Saturday (1/9) that there is an apron development, but he does not know exactly how wide it is, but it is for parking lots of planes or private jets.After the activities in Bali, thousands of delegates will visit various leading tourist destinations in the country, including Labuan Bajo on Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara Province, which is famous for having Komodo National Park. He also said that his administration along with the central government support continues to develop infrastructure in Labuan Bajo City such as roads, electricity, and clean water to support the needs of tourists. The central government also assists in the procurement of garbage carriers. He hoped, the improvement of existing infrastructure can smooth the flow of tourist arrivals, including IMF-WBG guests who will come to the area.

03
September

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After six-year negotiation, Indonesia and Australia have agreed to declare the completion of trade negotiation of Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). The declaration was signed by Indonesian Trade Minister, Enggartiasto Lukita and Australian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham. They were witnessed by Indonesian President, Joko Widodo and Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison in Bogor, West Java on Friday (31/8). The Indonesian Trade Minister affirmed that through IA-CEPA, Indonesia wants to be part of global value chain so that Indonesia can compete with another country in the region which has Free Trade Area comparing Indonesia. Director General of Negotiation of International Trade, Iman Pambagyo said that IA-CEPA has some benefits for Indonesia, because Australia has given commitment to eliminate import duties for all tariff post becoming 0%.

Yehezkiel Dayen Julio Lasut, an Indonesian student, who is studying   in education of Bachelor on International Management in Hochschule Rhein-Main Wiesbaden, became finalist in X-Factor Germany. Participation of Yezki in X-Factor Germany began from his desire to contribute his hobby to fill in spare time. Yezki becoming finalist in X-Factor Germany was his own achievement, because he set aside around 1,200 contestants. In the last audition, he sang "Is This Love" from Bob Marley. The contest of X-Factor Germany is one of great singing talent competitions in Germany and held in Köln. There were 4 judges which consisted of German well-known singers, such as Thomas Anders. Consulate General of Frankfurt will give encouragement and support to Yezki as Indonesian citizen who has achievement in the contest.

The 6th Bilateral Consultation Forum of Indonesia-Estonia was held in Tallinn on August 31, 2018. The forum was led by Director General of America-Europe, Muhammad Anshor and accompanied by Indonesian ambassador in Helsinki, Director of Europe II and staffs along with representatives from the Indonesian embassy in Helsinki. Delegation of Estonia was led by Director General of Politic, Mr. Lembit Uibo who was accompanied by officials of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Estonia. The two sides agreed to encourage cooperation to support each other on candidacy in international organization, to encourage the increasing of trade cooperation, to push the finalization of Visa Free Agreement for Diplomatic and Service Passport holder in a bid to explore the possibility negotiation of Double Tax Avoidance. As commitment to increase people-to-people contact, the Indonesian government has given  short-visit visa free policy for Estonian people to visit Indonesia since 2015. In this regard, it delivered Indonesian request in order Estonia to be able to give similar policy, because it will contribute on increasing contact between communities as the foundation of good relations between the two countries. After the forum, Indonesian delegation and the Indonesian embassy in Helsinki held the informal meeting with Estonian entrepreneur who was coordinated by honorable consul of Indonesia, Mr. Heldur Alesse by presenting some representatives of company from Estonia.

29
August

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As many as 300 foreign tourists from Sarawak, Malaysia attended Wonderful Indonesia Festival in Entikong (18/8). The participants of the festival departed along with Indonesian Consulate General staff to Kuching led by Consul General, Yonny Tri Prayitno. The participants consisted of 186 big motorcycles, 6 representatives of media, 6 representatives of travel agent and some four-wheel vehicles which travel through Indonesia - Malaysia border line, namely Tebedu, Sarawak, Malaysia and to Entikong, Indonesia. Wonderful Indonesia Festival was officially opened by vice regent of Sanggau, Yohanes Ontot accompanied by Indonesian Consul General to Kuching, Yonny Tri Prayitno along with his entourage. Some of the events which were attracted the attention of the participants, were competitions in welcoming the 73rd independence of Indonesia and also performances of national and local artists. In addition to participating in the event, the participants also could buy various Indonesian products at the expo which was held by the committee.

After passing a very strict selection by special team which was consisted of representative of Indonesian people organization along with Indonesian Embassy to Seoul, two CEOs of South Korean companies which hires Indonesian migrant workers awarded Ambassador Award 2018 on Sunday (26/8). They were Mr. Sohn Jong-man, CEO of Buheung System, and Mr. Choi Min-seok, CEO of DK&D Co. The two CEOs were evaluated successful in protecting the Indonesian migrant workers who work at their companies and give their rights, such as salary in proper time, provide accommodation and decent consumption and also vacation/permission. Indonesian ambassador to South Korea, Umar Hadi said the Indonesian government appreciated Mr. Sohn Jong-man and Mr. Choi Min-seok who hire Indonesian workers and manage them well. The ambassador hoped that the awards can motivate other companies to do similar things to the Indonesian migrant workers in South Korea who reach more than 32 thousand people.

Indonesian Consul General toToronto, Leonard F Hutabarat, conducted a meeting with Bas and Louise Opdenkelder, on Thursday (23/8). Bas and Louise Opdenkelder are Canadian citizens of Dutch descent who love Indonesia and show their supports and donation for five-year to Rumah Singgah or shelter. Rumah Singgah is a house which accommodates cancer sufferers from poor communities that get treatment in Denpasar, Bali. Indonesian Consulate General to Toronto conveyed appreciation and gratitute to Bas and Lousie Opdenkelder who have showed their devotion to Indonesia with attention and real action for cancer sufferers in Indonesia. It is also in along with the efforts of Indonesian representatives in Toronto whose duty and function are to contribute for the increasing of Indonesian people’s and national welfare. Related to the efforts, Indonesian Consulate General toToronto also introduced Komodo in Labuan Bajo and other tourism destinations, besides Bali and Yogyakarta. Bas Opdenkelder welcomed the efforts of the Indonesian consulate general and will help introducing the consulate general through their network, namely Dutch Canadian to find market for the Indonesian products.

27
August

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Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives -DPR, Agus Hermanto conducted visit to South Korea and he was directly received by his Korean counterpart, Joo Seung Yong. The two countries agreed to improve relations in economy, transportation, industry and defense in  the agreement of special strategic partnership through the meeting of President Joko Widodo and Korean President Moon Jae-in in Bogor, West Java in November 2017. Agus Hermanto added that related to economic and trade relations of the two countries, President Joko Widodo and President Moon Jae-in promised to have bilateral trade volume worth $30 billion dollars in 2022. South Korea is the third biggest foreign investor in Indonesia. The value of the second trade balance in 2017 was around $16 million dollars and comparing previous year, it increased around 10 percent in the first quarter in 2018.

Rowing Venue at Jakabaring Sport City (JSC) in Palembang, South Sumatra has get recognition which is the best in Asia according to Olympic Council of Asia -OCA. The venue is recognized as the largest and the best rowing venue in the world. The place is used for rowing competition of Asian Games 2018. Senior Vice President of Asian Rowing, E E Nicholas praised the Indonesian government, especially Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing because the Indonesian government has built good, beautiful, and sophisticated rowing venue with complete facilities. Meanwhile, President of the World Rowing Federation -FISA, Roland Jean Cristhope said that the Indonesian government has succeeded and provided world class of rowing facility. Through the press release on Friday (24/8), he also said that the venue is the best one and has international standard. Rowing venue has line with 200 meters wide and 2,200 meters long and 5 meters deep. The venue has also been completed with  tribune with the capacity of 2,144 chairs, start-finish tower and arrangement of the area around the venue.

Yasu Project, a company of Mobile Mosque maker, plans to establish cooperation with the Indonesian government to develop innovation for worship facility that can move around. CEO of Yasu Project, Yasuhura Inoue said that his side has conducted approach with Ministry of Industry to develop the future investment by making mobile mosque in Indonesia so that later, it can be exported to various countries. But, to develop the technology, it’s better for Indonesian experts to carry out training first to Japan for technology transfer. Afterwards, this can be developed and assembled in Indonesia. The mobile mosque is developed for the first time to welcome Olympiad 2020 in Japan for athletes and Muslims who want to pray.

27
August

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Thirty-eight groups participated in enlivening the Kendal Cultural Carnival in the nuances of Independence Day as well as commemorating the 413th Kendal Regency Anniversary on last Saturday (25/8). There were several indigenous Kendal Cultural parades which were enlivened by 5 other regions: Pemalang, Pekalongan, Batang, Semarang City, and Magelang. Regent of Kendal, Mirna Annisa who wore jeweled studded clothes and rode on the carriage, was escorted by 20 village heads who were riding on horses, greeting the Boja people from the start line to the Honor Stage. Regent Mirna Annisa said that the model of clothes she wore also described Kendal's slogan as a Pantura Gem. Therefore, a lot of jewelry on the clothes is the result of a pure design from Kendal's Youth. She hoped that the 413th Anniversary of Kendal Cultural Carnival can make Kendal a Pantura Gem.

Thousands of residents of Silih Asih Village, Pabedilan Sub-district, Cirebon Regency, West Java, who crowded the soccer field in their area, came to watch theatrical folk art performances. The Cirebon arts and culture show was held by Dave AF Laksono, a member of the Indonesian House of Representatives Commission I –DPR in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication and Informatics –Kominfo in a bid  to maintain the unity and integrity of Indonesia and preserve cultural arts. Dave AF Laksono to RRI Cirebon on Saturday (25/8) said that by presenting the Cirebon original cultural arts performance is an effort to preserve art, healthy entertainment without negative content, and can strengthen unity and call for peace. Meanwhile, the Expert Staff for the Social, Economic and Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Lala M Kolopaking explained that his Ministry and the House of Representatives Commission I are trying to bring folk art closer to various jurors of Indonesia. One of them is in Cirebon, and with the help of technology approaches to unite the nation and care for diversity.

Lampung Krakatau Festival –LKF is the property of all Lampung residents and is a valuable asset for tourism in Indonesia. This was stated by Governor of Lampung, Muhammad Ridho Ficardo on the Night of the Glory Enchantment Sai Bumi Ruwa Jurai in the 28th Lampung Krakatau Festival –LKF 2018 at Saburai Field, Enggal Bandar Lampung on Saturday night (25/8). Ridho said that it was not an easy thing to maintain the LKF organization that has been aged for 28 years. He also appreciated all relevant stakeholders, as well as the District / City Government who gave so much support in the LKF 2018 implementation. He mentioned that the District / City Government continues to provide active support by increasingly inviting the private sectors to play an active role in tourism activities, and to push investment, especially in the tourism sector. At the event, Governor Ridho symbolically distributed prizes to the winners who had participated in various competitions of the 28th LKF 2018.

26
August

Indonesia will host the 2018 Startup Nation Summit (SNS). It will take place in Surabaya, East Java on November 16 and 17. Until now, young entrepreneurs in the digital field from 170 countries have stated their readiness to join the event. The criteria of a startup business is a company working in the digital fieldthat has run under 5 years. Mayor of Surabaya Tri Rismaharini at a press conference in Surabaya Thursday, August 23, 2018 said, she wants Surabaya to start and enter a new era. The 2018 Startup Nation Summit entitled Digital Creative Industry Collaboration is the seventh of its kind. In 2017, this international event was held in Tallinn City, Estonia. According to Risma, the 2018 Startup Nations Summit will collaborate with four other activities, namely Inno Creativitation on November 14-15, Bekraf (Creative Economy Agency) 2018 Festival on November 14-17, Kamadjaja Logistics Hackathon Day on November 10-11 and Mlaku-Mlaku Nang Tunjungan on November 18th. Risma said, in these activities she is deliberately involving stakeholders in education such as chancellors, teachers, and academics to jointly arouse the spirit of young Surabaya entrepreneurs. According to her, being an entrepreneur is the right choice because the challenge of young people in 2040 is how to create a job, not looking for a job. That is why she has invited Bekraf(Creative Economy Agency) and universities. The 2018 Start Nations Summit will become a new era for Surabaya to begin a startup business world, and to realize the city of Surabaya as the first creative city in Indonesia, advance the Surabaya startup world, and bring the city of Surabaya to be equal to major cities in the world in the field of Startup. President of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Jonathan Ortmans said that the SNS would not only become a forum to tell entrepreneurial success stories. It will also discuss the obstacles experienced by each Startup. There is even a special session discussing a real ecosystem that occurs in Surabaya. How the long process has eventually given birth to a sustainable ecosystem in Surabaya. According to Jonathan Ortmans, the SNS will bring the best innovations, and public policies that will be presented in Surabaya. There will be also a collection of reports made by the World Bank to be a joint collaboration in the event. Meanwhile, Deputy Head of Indonesia's Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) Ricky Joseph Pesik added that the Bekraf Festival 2018 would be synergized with the Startup Nations Summit (SNS). On that occasion, the agency will present creative economic players in Indonesia, whose products are considered to be able to compete in the wider world of creative industries.

26
August

In Indonesia, precisely on the island of Java, there are many adrenaline-driven tours such as tubing, rafting and body rafting. In Pekalongan, for example, there is a tourist spot called 'Black Canyon' or 'Kedung Sipingit'. It is one of the natural attractions in Kayu Puring Village, which offers adrenaline- pumping tours along a fairly swift river flow with clear blue-water, surrounded by fascinating large black cliffs.In Black Canyon visitors can do many activities such as fishing, river tubing, trekking to body rafting. By paying Rp. 100,000 you can enjoy many facilities, such as welcome drinks, lunch, safety gears like helmets and life jackets, instructors or guides, certificates and vehicles to the start point. The tourist spot is still free but the route is quite difficult, so a guide is very necessary for the safety of visitors and groups.The water flow in Kedung Sipingit comes from Welo river which flow offers a level 3 current sensation that is suitable for beginners and professionals alike.One Tubing trip is limited between 5 to 20 people. All that is for the convenience and safety of tourists. For 4 hours visitors will be pampered with natural scenery that is very beautiful with a vast expanse of forest and fresh air that feels pretty cool. The sensation of the river tubing on the Welo River is quite adrenaline pumping and make your travel excitement more complete.This place is perfect for visitors who like challenges and to test adrenaline. But for those who are not so adventurous it is recommended not of course. You’d better stay at the side, enjoy the scenery and fresh air. From the center of Pekalongan towards the Black Canyon or Kedung Sipingit is about 34 Km. It takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes by car. After arriving in front of a gate signed “Welcome to Petungkriyo Ecotourism”, you just go straight to Kayu Puring village with a distance of 5 Km to arrive at the base camp of Welo river tubing Kedung Sipingit. This place is still in wilderness and beautiful, with heavy river currents and steep cliffs. So for the sake of mutual convenience visitor must maintain and preserve nature by maintaining cleanliness and not littering.

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