09.07.2015 - UNESCO Montevideo Office

Promoting geological heritage in Mexico and Latin America

From the 28th to the 29th May, 2015, the Geoparks and geological heritage: promoting geological heritage in Latin America Workshop took place in the Institute of Geography of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico; UNAM). The activity was organised by the UNESCO Earth science division, the Global Network of Geoparks, and the Institute of Geography of UNAM.

In Latin America there is an increasing interest in the development of Geoparks as an initiative aimed at promoting knowledge and earth science education, as well as contributing to the preservation of geological heritage, natural conservation and geo-tourism as an alternative means of local development, particularly in indigenous communities.

In this context, the workshop had the principal objectives of presenting Geoparks from the perspective of international organisations such as UNESCO, ProGeo, the European Network of Geoparks, and the Global Network of Geoparks, but also to learn more about what is happening in this regard in Latin America and the Caribbean. Additionally the workshop was an initiative intending to generate conscience among local authorities and natural resource managers, about the importance of geo-conservation and how it can become a strategy in local development. Furthermore, it provided an opportunity to encourage the creation of local groups for promotion and creation of Geoparks in Mexico and the region.

The workshop featured the participation of experts from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Uruguay, which presented 14 real world experiences  in the region, ranging from the elaboration of projects and proposals of Geoparks, to the processes and advances of Geoparks in Latin America, some of which have been approved and others who have applied.

For access to presentations by the experts please see the link on the right of this page.

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