UNESCO Global Geoparks & Science

Unzen Global Geopark, Japan, works with scientific experts to educate local people about volcanic hazards. © UNESCO/Patrick McKeever

UNESCO Global Geoparks are special areas where the geological heritage, or geodiversity, is of international importance. UNESCO Global Geoparks are thus 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. A UNESCO Global Geopark is not a museum, it is an active laboratory where people can become engaged in science from the highest academic research level to the level of the curious visitor. A UNESCO Global Geopark must take great care not to alienate the public from science and absolutely must avoid the use of technical scientific language on information boards, signs, leaflets, maps and books which are aimed at the general public.

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