7th meeting of the Working group on Geoparks
The Working Group on Geoparks will meet to finalize the documents to be submitted to the 196th Executive Board, concerning the proposal of an International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme (IGGP).
Until now, UNESCO gave its ad hoc support to national Geopark initiatives which are coordinated through a Global Network of National Geoparks (Global Geoparks Network [GGN]) where national geological heritage initiatives benefit fully from their membership of a global network of exchange and cooperation.
A Global Geopark is a unified area with geological heritage of international significance. Geoparks use that heritage to promote awareness of key issues facing society in the context of the dynamic planet we all live on. Many Geoparks promote awareness of geological hazards, including volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and many help prepare disaster mitigation strategies among local communities. Geoparks hold records of past climate change and are educators on current climate change as well as adopting a best practise approach to utilising renewable energy and employing the best standards of “green tourism.”
The Working group will review the following:
- Draft Satutes of the proposed IGGP
- Operational Guidelines
- Financial Implications
- Partnership Agreements