HAUTE-PROVENCE GEOPARK (France)
Located in south-eastern France, between the Alps and Provence, the Haute-Provence Geopark is the largest geological open-air museum in France. The reserve includes 18 geological sites more than 300 million years old, which contain numerous fossil-rich materials and fascinating rock formations.
Conservation, Education & Tourism
More than 1,550 ammonites are preserved on a 350,000 square metre limestone wall. Fossilized footprints of birds can be found, as well as fossilised plants. The Verdon river gorge offers the opportunity to discover the beautiful landscape of Haute-Provence. It is the most spectacular of the French canyons, 21 km long with 700 metre high cliffs. The geological reserve is open to students who can discover and learn about geological heritage, as well as the necessity and the meaning of protecting it.
Several museums in Digne-les-Bains, Sisteron and Castellane are open all year round and act as places where science meets art. These museums offer guided tours and special publications for all visitors. The Réserve Géologique de Haute-Provence is also an association of local enterprises that work together for a systematic development of tourism in areas which have so far been ignored by the public.
The Global Geoparks Network is supported by UNESCO at the request of Member States