UNESCO Global Geoparks
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UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARKS
UNESCO Global Geoparks are Earth’s extraordinary places!
New UNESCO destination of the XXI century, they are territories with landscapes and sites of an international geological significance where can be understood and read the “Memory of the Earth”. With their holistic concept, UNESCO Geoparks are linking and promoting their geological heritage with all their territorial heritage: natural, cultural, intangible and thus to develop new policies of sustainable development for the direct benefit to its local population.
A UNIQUE NETWORK
The Global Geopark Network (GGN) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) grouping all UNESCO Geoparks in the world. Today 161 UNESCO Geoparks from 44 Nations form the GGN. More than 300 Geoparks professionals are part of this network and get involved actively and voluntarily. The GGN works for the development of UNESCO Geopark in the world by getting specifically involved in the development of Geoparks in developing countries with a high priority towards Africa and Latin America.
One of the main goals of UNESCO Global Geoparks is to provide an integrated sustainable development for the direct benefit of its local population. Promotion and transmission of traditional knowledge, valorization of local products, development of respectful outdoor activities through Geotourism, empowering local people and ethnic groups are one of the keys to what must be a sustainable development in UNESCO Geoparks.