IPB University Researchers Encourage Development of Culture-Based Tourism Typical of Kasepuhan Citorek in Lebak, Banten
The research team from the Department of Forest Resources Conservation and Ecotourism, Faculty of Forestry and Environment (Fahutan) IPB University visited the PTNW Cibedug Resort, Mount Halimun Salak National Park Center, (6/6). This visit is part of a culture-based community empowerment research in the context of tourism funded by the Ministry of Research and Technology.
“Over the next year, the research team consisting of two lecturers, two assistants and three students will focus on the indigenous people of Kasepuhan Citorek. This research will encourage the development of sustainable tourism in Citorek Kidul Village, Cibeber District, Lebak Regency, Banten Province through a partnership with the Mount Halimun Salak National Park Center," said IPB University Ethnobiology Researcher, Dr Syafitri Hidayati.
According to her, local wisdom owned by the community plays an important role in sustainability. The local wisdom can be in the form of ideas, thoughts, works, tools, and concepts in managing biodiversity, the natural environment, and the cultural environment.
Dr Eva Rachmawati, who is also a Lecturer at IPB University, said that Citorek, which is located in a conservation area, was chosen as the research location because its cultural customs are thicker with distinctive institutions. This village already has tourism potential and is further strengthened by the existence of social capital in the form of community initiation in the formation of tourism awareness groups (pokdarwis).
"Management and assessment of customary values need to be carried out to help develop sustainable tourism," said the Researcher for Socio-Cultural Affairs of IPB University.
According to M Desna Noronhae, SPTN Lebak Region I Extension Officer, Kasepuhan is part of the Kasepuhan Indigenous Peoples of Banten Kidul. The community still applies the culture and values of local wisdom inherited from their ancestors so that they have very high natural and cultural tourism potential. The village also still has a traditional institutional structure whose rules are still binding on the social-traditional life of the community.
“This research is highly expected to be successful, considering that cultural-based tourism activities have yet to be seen. Community empowerment in the development of sustainable tourism is expected to have a positive impact from social, economic, psychological, political, and environmental aspects," she said.
Until now, the indigenous people of Citorek Village still maintain traditional farming procedures that have been passed down from generation to generation. Every year, the seren taun ceremony is held lively as a form of gratitude for the harvests obtained by the community and marks the beginning of the agricultural year in the Sundanese tradition.
In addition, Mount Luhur which is dubbed the "Land above the Clouds" is one of the natural tourism potentials located in Citorek Kidul Village. The expanse of clouds can be enjoyed from the top of the mountain at certain times in the morning. Tourists can stay at several inns in the area or set up camping tents so they don't miss the view of the clouds in the morning. Although it is still considered a new tourist destination, there has been a surge in visitors in the area to reach 30.000 people.
Rustandi, Head of BPD Citorek Kidul Village said that the villagers as tourism managers actually felt happy and were open to various parties who provided input for tourism development in Mount Luhur. (**/Zul) IAAS/AML
Published Date : 11-Jun-2021
Resource Person : Dr Eva Rachmawati, Rustandi
Keyword : Traditional Tourism, IPB University
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