Top 10 Focus Areas of UNESCO Global Geoparks

Natural Resources

UNESCO Global Geoparks inform people about the sustainable use and need for natural resources, whether they are mined, quarried or harnessed from the surrounding environment, while at the same time promoting respect for the environment and the integrity of the landscape. More on UNESCO Global Geoparks & Natural Resources

Geological Hazards

Many UNESCO Global Geoparks promote awareness of geological hazards, including volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, and many help prepare disaster mitigation strategies among local communities. More on UNESCO Global Geoparks & Geological Hazards

Climate Change

UNESCO Global Geoparks hold records of past climate change and are educators on current climate change as well as adopting a best practise approach to utilising renewable energy and employing the best standards of “green tourism.” More on UNESCO Global Geoparks & Climate Change


It is a pre-requisite that all UNESCO Global Geoparks develop and operate educational activities for all ages to spread awareness of our geological heritage and its links to other aspects of our natural, cultural and intangible heritages. More on UNESCO Global Geoparks & Education


UNESCO Global Geoparks are encouraged to work with academic institutions to engage in active scientific research in the Earth Sciences, and other disciplines as appropriate, to advance our knowledge about the Earth and its processes. More on UNESCO Global Geoparks & Science


UNESCO Global Geoparks are fundamentally about people and about exploring and celebrating the links between our communities, our practices and the Earth. More on UNESCO Global Geoparks & Culture


UNESCO Global Geoparks have a strong emphasize on empowering women whether through focussed education programmes or through the development of women’s cooperatives. More on UNESCO Global Geoparks & Women

Sustainable Development

Even if an area has outstanding, world-famous geological heritage of outstanding universal value it cannot be a UNESCO Global Geopark unless the area also has a plan for the sustainable development of the people who live there. More on UNESCO Global Geoparks & Sustainable Development

Local and indigenous Knowledge

UNESCO Global Geoparks actively involve local and indigenous peoples, preserving and celebrating their culture. More on UNESCO Global Geoparks & Local and indigenous Knowledge


UNESCO Global Geoparks are areas that use the concept of sustainability, value the heritage of Mother Earth and recognize the need to protect it. More on UNESCO Global Geoparks & Geoconservation

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