Geopark's operations are based on cooperation. The Geopark Association coordinates Geopark together with its members, stakeholders and partners.
Geoparks are required to be highly active, especially in promoting tourism, environmental education, the local economy, sustainable development and international networking. It is important that the Geopark is developed in cooperation with municipalities, companies, associations, other stake holders and local people. The association’s field of work includes themes related to geology, nature, culture, geotourism, environmental education, the local economy and sustainable development.
The founding members of Lauhanvuori – Hämeenkangas Geopark Association are Isojoki, Karijoki and Kauhajoki from Southern Ostrobothnia, Honkajoki, Jämijärvi, Kankaanpää, Karvia and Siikainen from Satakunta and Kihniö and Parkano from Pirkanmaa. Kankaanpää and Honkajoki merged on 1 January 2021. Municipal presentations can be found on their own pages.
The rules of the association (in Finnish) describe in more detail the purpose and tasks of the association.
The picture is from a Geopark board meeting where a certificate sealing the UNESCO Geopark status designation was distributed to the municipalities.
The Geopark Association has member companies and associations that provide tourism services. They are presented on the Services page. In addition, other members of the Geopark Association are
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