Global Geoparks Network
The Global Geoparks Network (GGN) was set up by UNESCO in 2004. There were initially 25 members comprising 17 European Geoparks and 8 Chinese Geoparks.
The first International Conference on Geoparks was held in Beijing, China in June 2004.
In October 2004, the European Geoparks Network signed an agreement with the Division of Earth Sciences of UNESCO to process applications from within Europe to join the Global Geoparks Network. New members joining the European Geoparks Network now automatically also become members of the Global Geoparks Network.
This network provides a platform for active co-operation between geoparks around the world. Under the umbrella of UNESCO, and through exchange between the global network partners, important national geological sites gain worldwide recognition and benefit from the exchange of knowledge, expertise, experience and staff with other Geoparks.
In the framework of the Global Geoparks Network, geological heritage and knowledge is shared with the general public and linked with broader aspects of the natural and cultural heritage.
There are currently 53 selected high quality National Geoparks in the Global Geoparks Network. These include geoparks in the following 17 member states:
Austria(2), Brazil(1), China (18), Croatia(1), Czech Republic(1), France(2), Germany(6), Greece(2), Iran(1), Ireland(2), Italy(3), Malaysia(1), Norway(1), Portugal(1), Romania(1), Spain(4), United Kingdom(6).
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