ABOUT

On 1999-2001, he visited his first national park , Merubetiri National Park, Banyuwangi, Eastjava . In 2003 he was passionate since firstly visited the Baluran National Park, as he found the dazzling area was more “open” and ease to immerse especially for conducting photography. Since then, he began visiting the park regularly, once in several months and lately once a month. Hence, he have been interacting with the nature and the officers for eleven years until now (2003-2014). In the last few years, he have been serving workshop materials, briefing and public lectures for free each months for the staff and local comunnity and aim to provide new insights to the officers with regard to management of ecotourism in the conserving region. Moreover, he have once and then acted as a professional eco-intrepreter for foreign tourists who visited the national parks. Being such an interpreter, he experienced so much, particularly when he was accompanying the director of IUCN in 2010 and also from the International Biodiversity Programme of Southeast Asia in 2012.
He have almost been visiting entire spots of the national park, where he reached after walking dozens of kilometers in a day. He is a self-taught in photography, since he was in High School. he then improvised by combining ecotourism and wildlife photography. Those became an extraordinary competence when he combined with ecotourism as a field of academic study. As a consequence, photography became routine activities on each of my visits in the National Park. He also presented solo exhibition titled “Surabaya Wildlife Photo Exhibition” , May 2012. He released two photobooks titled “Amazing Baluran” and “Surabaya Wildlife Photos” in 2013 as expressions of his sincerity to campaign love for environment and wildlife photography.
Being an ecotourism lecturer at Airlangga University, Surabaya since 1997 to present .Learning by doing is his motto, ecotourism is not a popular subject in Indonesia that time until now.Inspite of the obstacles, he already obtained responses from higher education colleagues as an ecotourism
consultant and as an expert, for many workshop and seminar national and international scale, e.g Institute of Technology 10 Nopember Surabaya (ITS), governmental of East Java service of forestry, governmental of East Java of fisheries and marine resources; national and International institutions such as JICA, Indonesia Ecotourism Network (INDECON), the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Republic of Indonesia, Indonesian presidential advisory Council education and culture, last but not least , all of National Parks in East Java, Central Java, North Sumatra and Borneo
For him, Ecotourism is a discipline which is not widely explored by many of scholars especially in Indonesia, since it requires consistency and extra efforts. It cannot be done by only reading literatures, which indeed are very limited in bahasa Indonesia. They should refer to international literatures, yet they also must regularly learn from field experiences which involve many stakeholders. Among others are comprehending the dynamics of the people around including their their mindset, the policy of the park directors, as well as the needs and desires of the ecotourism industry stake holders, particularly the tourists. He initially published two books, firstly in 2005 entitled “Pengembangan Ekowisata di Kawasan Konservasi” which was funded by the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia; and secondly in 2012 entitled “Tren Pengembangan Ekowisata” all in Indonesian Language.(info@nurdinrazak.com – www.nurdinrazak.com)

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