People empowerment activity: Jogja International Heritage Walk

Published: 12 October 2021
Last edited: 19 October 2021

In 2008, the Royal Family of Yogyakarta launched Jogja International Heritage Walk (JIHW) as an activation towards Education for Sustainable Development (ESD); a United Nations program that defines education that encourages exchange in knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to enable a sustainable and just society for all.


Walking routes through scenic villages, including Cricula’s natural habitat conservation ground and UNESCO world heritage sites are specifically designed with the hope to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage while empowering local communities; encouraging interactions and cultural exchanges with international walkers.


Alliance and partnership development
Co-management building
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution
Documentation and dissemination of results

Enabling factors

  • This is a healthy non-competitive activities that attracts walkers from different countries who are looking to go back to nature.
  • The exotic routes through cultural heritage sites and local living environment attracts people across the world.
  • Yogyakarta is a historical city filled with various heritage sites and scenic landscapes suitable for walking.
  • Royal Family of Yogyakarta diplomatic relationship with multiple cultures and nations has supported the popularity of this healthy tourism activity.

Lessons learned

  • It is the locals who truly know the local wisdom. When we involve local people in this activity, it is a form of people empowerment as they meet international walkers; exchanging cultures and local wisdom.
  • It is important to keep open management and communication in order to avoid unwanted misconduct and disinformation.
  • There are many local students who are willing to volunteer as guides for international walkers; an exchange of culture.

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