Morshidi Sirat, Norzaini Azman and Aishah Abu Bakar
Ibrahim Komoo, Sharina Abdul Halim and Norzaini Azman
This chapter describes geotourism development in Malaysia, in the context of a Malaysian Global Geopark, as a tool for achieving tourism and development that is sustainable, participatory and empowering. The first part of this chapter describes the Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark (LUGG) as a case study, its geological features and development of geoconservation and geotourism activities for sustainable tourism and resource utilization. The importance of geotourism and geopark is translated through the case of Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark, in which geotourism is promoted through identification of geoheritage resources, geoscience education and sustainable tourism development and heritage resources. The latter part of the chapter describes several innovative ways of promoting geotourism and geoparks including educational and outreach activities that aim to strengthen local community participation and empowerment for better and sustainable livelihoods. Essentially, the success of Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark development and geotourism activities depends mainly on local and stakeholder participation, their awareness and appreciation of geoheritage values and their socio-economic potential, as well as continuous and effective public education.