Geoparks tell the story of the earth through the internationally valuable geology, living nature, landscape and cultural heritage of their region.
Geoparks tell the story of the earth through the internationally valuable geology, living nature, and landscape and cultural heritage of the region. The close interaction between people and the environment has given rise to special traditions and customs that are cherished in the Geopark.
Geoparks contribute to the preservation of the geological, natural and cultural heritage in their area, provide environmental education and develop the local economy through sustainable tourism. Understanding the area increases the desire to cherish its special features. The region and its history form the basis for its sustainable use now and in the future.
Geoparks are not protected areas, but Geopark sites enjoy the protection of the law, either in terms of geology, the living nature based on it, or cultural heritage.
UNESCO Global Geoparks have four key features
1. Internationally significant geological heritage
The geology of the area must be scientifically valuable internationally. It will be evaluated by experts for the first time at the time of application, and a second time during a possible on-site evaluation session.
There must be a functioning management model in the Geopark area, to which the key players are committed, both financially and operationally. The area must also have a comprehensive development plan, the Master Plan, for the implementation of which there must be sufficient resources.
Geopark should be visible. Information on Geopark activities should be easily accessible to visitors and residents of the area: e.g. in the form of websites, maps and brochures.
All UNESCO Global Geoparks are members of the Global Geoparks Network (GGN). Belonging to the network requires collaboration and learning from other GGN Geoparks. Networking, mutual learning and interaction are the cornerstones of Geoparks.