Revalidation Process of UNESCO Global Geoparks

© UNESCO/Margarete Patzak
Revalidation mission of Monts d'Ardèche UNESCO Global Geopark, France

In order to ensure the quality of UNESCO Global Geoparks, they are subject to a thorough revalidation every four years to examine their functioning and quality.

As part of the revalidation process, the UNESCO Global Geopark under review has to prepare:

  • a one-page summary of the UNESCO Global Geopark to be submitted to the UNESCO Secretariat one year prior to the revalidation;
  • a progress report (free format), self-evaluation and progress evaluation form  to be submitted through the official channel three months prior to the field inspection.

A field mission will be undertaken by two evaluators to revalidate the quality of the UNESCO Global Geopark. If, on the basis of the field evaluation report, the UNESCO Global Geopark:

  • continues to fulfil the criteria the area will continue as a UNESCO Global Geopark for a further four-year period (so-called “green card”);
  • no longer fulfils the criteria, the management body will be informed to take appropriate steps within a two-year period (so-called “yellow card”);
  • no longer fulfils the criteria within two years after receiving a “yellow card”, the area will lose its status as a UNESCO Global Geopark (so-called “red card”).

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