Area Extension of existing UNESCO Global Geoparks

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Leiqiong UNESCO Global Geopark, China

It is possible for a UNESCO Global Geopark to extend its area (of less or more than 10 %) following the procedures below. All extensions are subject to the intergovernmental check as described in Section 5.4. (I, ii, iii, iv) of the Operational Guidelines for UNESCO Global Geoparks. Among others, the submission must take place during the official submission period for applications 1 October to 30 November each year and will be presented for a 3-month grace period on the UNESCO website and presented at the annual open meeting of the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP).

  • Extensions < 10 % (please send a detailed map using our template - link here)

According to the Operational Guidelines for UNESCO Global Geoparks (Section 5.6 (x)):

Should an existing UNESCO Global Geopark wish to change its size, provided that any change amounts to less than 10% of the existing area, then the Council may be informed about the change by a letter through the official channel as defined by the National Commission for UNESCO or the government body in charge of relations with UNESCO to the UNESCO Secretariat involving, if applicable, the National Geoparks Committee outlining the reasons for the change and outlining how the new area still fulfils the criteria for a UNESCO Global Geopark. The Council can approve or reject the change.

  • Extensions > 10%

According to the Operational Guidelines for UNESCO Global Geoparks (Section 5.6 (xii)):

Should an existing UNESCO Global Geopark wish to change its size, but the proposed change amounts to more than 10% of the existing area, a new application must be made following the procedure described above. The same applies where new international boundaries cross a UNESCO Global Geopark. Such applications are exempt from the restriction on the number of “active” applications per Member State at any one time.

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