Unesco Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas
where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are
managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable
A Unesco Global Geopark uses its geological heritage, in connection with
all other aspects of the area's natural and cultural heritage.
Geoparks give local people a sense of pride in their region and
strengthen their identification with the area.
Geopaks must have the following four elements:
a) a geological heritage of international
b) a management with a body having legal existence and with appropriated
tools to address the entire area;
c) a promotion activity of the sustainable economic development and an
adequate visibility of their project;
d) a cooperation activity through the Global and regional networks and a
close relationship with the local people.
The Global Geoparks Network (GGN) is a legally constituted not-for-profit
organisation with an annual membership fee. The GGN was founded in 2004
and is a dynamic network where members are committed to work togheter,
exchange ideas of best pactise, and join in common projects to raise the
quality standards of all products and practises of a Unesco Global
The European Geoparks Network (EGN) is a
regional network operating within the Old Continent.