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National Geopark Committees

A number of countries are currently establishing or have established national committees responsible for coordinating Geoparks at national level and the submission of candidates for UNESCO Global Geopark designation.

Possible members of National Geopark Committees:

  • Governmental body in charge of relations with UNESCO;
  • UNESCO Global Geoparks;
  • National Geoparks;
  • National geological organization or survey;
  • National environmental/protected area organization;
  • National cultural heritage body;
  • National committee for IGCP;
  • Any additional members that may be relevant for the Committee
  • Coordinating Geopark initiatives and pre-selecting UNESCO Global Geopark candidates;

Its work at national level may consist of:

  • Identifying the geological heritage and raising public awareness of its importance;
  • Promoting  new UNESCO Global Geoparks projects, endorsing revalidations and extensions;
  • Observing the evaluation and revalidation missions in their country;
  • Presenting all UNESCO Global Geopark applications to the governmental body in charge of relations with UNESCO;
  • Assisting the withdrawal of a UNESCO Global Geopark;
  • Promoting international cooperation between UNESCO Global Geoparks;
  • Providing information about the global and regional Geopark networks;
  • Supporting the realization of actions for sustainable development.

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National Geopark Committees Contact

Austria Heinz Kollmann
Canada Godfrey S. Nowlan

China

Ms Xiaohong Yuan & Mr Zhiguang Zhang

Croatia

Mr Igor Kreitmeyer (Chairperson) Ms Danijela Bokarica (Secretary and Focal Point for UNESCO Global Geoparks) - T: +385 1 4866 135 Ministry of Environment and Energy Directorate for Nature Protection

Czechia

Martina Paskova

Ecuador

Dr. Jose Luis Sanchez (Coordinator a.i) National Commission for UNESCO of Ecuador (Secretary a.i)

Finland

Vesa Krokki

France

Jean Simon Pages

Germany

Dr. Carolin Butler Manning & Maxie Syren UNESCO Global Geoparks Unit at the German Commission for UNESCO

Greece

Nickolas Zouros

Indonesia

Safri Burhanuddin (Coordinator) Anton Setyo Nugroho (Secretary) Yunus Kusumahbrata (Expert Coordinator)

Ireland

Kirstin Lemon

Italy

Aniello Aloia

Japan

Setsuya Nakada

Korea (Republic of):

Lee Gyu-Seong jscheol@korea.kr

Netherlands

Marike Bontenbal (Secretary of the Netherlands National Committee  on UNESCO Global Geoparks)

Norway

Kristin Rangnes

Japan

Setsuya Nakada

Portugal

Ana Paula Santos,  National Commission for UNESCO

Russia

Russian Committee of the UNESCO International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme Oleg Petrov (Co-Chairmen) Mikhail Fedonkin (Co-Chairmen)

Slovenia

Gasper Hrastelj

Spain

Ana María Alonso Zarza, Director of the Instituto Geológico y Minero de España Email: a.alonsozarza@igme.es Juana Vegas Salamanca, Head of the Geological and Mining Heritage Area of the Instituto Geológico y Minero de España Email: j.vegas@igme.es
United Kingdom Kirstin Lemon
Uruguay Nicolas Pons

 

 

Regional Geopark Networks

Asian UNESCO Global Geoparks: Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN)
European UNESCO Global Geoparks: European Geoparks Network (EGN)
Latin American and Carribean UNESCO Global Geoparks: Latin American and Caribbean Geopark Network (LACGN)
African UNESCO Global Geoparks Network (AUGGN)