UNESCO Global Geoparks Network

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Overview:

Recently, the UNESCO’s Executive Board has endorsed the addition of 18 sites to the UNESCO Global Geoparks network.

About UNESCO Global Geoparks Network

  • These are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.
  • These comprise a number of geological heritage sites of special scientific importance, rarity or beauty.
  • The UNESCO Global Geopark designation was created in 2015, and recognizes “geological heritage of international significance”.
  • The establishment of a UNESCO Global Geopark is a bottom-up process involving a strong local multiple partnership with long-term public and political support.
  • It is not a formal legislative designation, though the defining geological heritage sites within a UNESCO Global Geopark must be protected under indigenous, local, regional or national legislation as appropriate.
  • This status does not imply restrictions on any economic activity inside a UNESCO Global Geopark where that activity complies with indigenous, local, regional and/or national legislation.
  • Recognition Period: A UNESCO Global Geopark is given this designation for a period of four years after which the functioning of the site re-examined during a revalidation process.
  • Restrictions: The selling or destruction of the geological value of a UNESCO Global Geopark or of material either from within the Geopark or from anywhere else in the world is not permitted.

Global Geoparks Network

  • It is a non-profit International Association officially established in 2014 subject to French legislation.
  • It is the official partner of UNESCO for the operation of the UNESCO Global Geoparks.

Q1: What is UNESCO?

It is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture.

Source: UNESCO names 18 new Geoparks