UNESCO names 18 new Geoparks

News Excerpt:

UNESCO has endorsed the addition of 18 new sites from around the world to its network of outstanding Geoparks, showcasing some of the most beautiful sites of natural beauty around the globe.

More about the news:

  • The new geoparks are situated in Brazil, China, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, and Spain. 
  • There is an additional new transboundary geopark spanning Belgium and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
  • The addition of 18 new sites brings the total number of geoparks to 213 in 48 countries. India does not have a UNESCO designated Geopark.

UNESCO Global Geopark 

  • The UNESCO Global Geopark designation was created in 2015, and recognizes “geological heritage of international significance”. 
  • 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 development.
  • Geoparks serve local communities by combining conservation with public outreach and a sustainable approach to development.
  • UNESCO Global Geoparks are given this designation for a period of four years after which the functioning and quality of each UNESCO Global Geopark is thoroughly re-examined during a revalidation process. 

The newly designated UNESCO Global Geoparks are:

Geoparks:

Country

Schelde Delta Global Geopark

Belgium and Netherlands

Uberaba Global Geopark

Brazil

Enshi Grand Canyon-Tenglong Dong Cave Global Geopark

China

Linxia Global Geopark

China

Longyan Global Geopark

China

Longyan Global Geopark

China

Wugongshan Global Geopark

China

Xingyi Global Geopark

China

Biokovo-Imotski Lakes Global Geopark

Croatia

The South Fyn Archipelago Global Geopark

Denmark

Impact Crater Lake – Lappajärvi Global Geopark

Finland

Armorique Global Geopark

France

Normandie-Maine Global Geopark

France

Meteora Pyli Global Geopark

Greece

Bükk Region Global Geopark

Hungary

Land of Extinct Volcanoes Global Geopark

Poland

Oeste Global Geopark

Portugal

Calatrava Volcanoes. Ciudad Real Global Geopark

Spain