Southeast Asia’s newest UNESCO Global Geoparks
UNESCO welcomed eighteen new geopark sites to the Global Geoparks Network during the 216th session of UNESCO’s Executive Board held on 19-23 May 2023. This brings the total number of geoparks to 195 in 48 countries.
Seven of the new sites are in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, making a notable contribution to the region’s engagement with the UNESCO Global Geoparks programme and the sustainable future of people and nature.
The new geoparks count:
Indonesia: Ijen UNESCO Global Geopark
Indonesia: Maros Pangkep UNESCO Global Geopark
Indonesia: Merangin Jambi UNESCO Global Geopark
Indonesia: Raja Ampat UNESCO Global Geopark
Malaysia: Kinabalu UNESCO Global Geopark
Philippines: Bohol Island UNESCO Global Geopark
Thailand: Khorat UNESCO Global Geopark
Created in 2015, the UNESCO Global Geopark label recognizes geological heritage of international significance. It serves local communities by combining the conservation of their heritage with public outreach and a sustainable approach to development.
The Executive Board also welcomed eleven new geoparks in Brazil, Greece, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Spain, with one transnational geopark in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
More about UNESCO Global Geoparks.