International Programme of UNESCO Global Geoparks

Photo: D. Gorfinkiel. Geoparque Aspirante Valle del Colca, Peru

On 17 November 2015, the 195 Member States of UNESCO ratified the creation of the Programme “UNESCO Global Geoparks (IGGP)”. Recognizing the importance of managing outstanding geological sites and landscapes in a holistic manner.

UNESCO Global Geoparks tell the 4,600 million year story of Planet Earth and of the geological events that shaped it as well as the evolution of humanity itself. Not only do they show evidence of past climate changes, they also inform local communities of present day challenges and help them prepare for hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

UNESCO Global Geoparks strive to raise awareness of geodiversity and promote protection, education and tourism best practices. Together with World Heritage sites and Biosphere Reserves, UNESCO Global Geoparks form a complete range of sustainable development tools and make an invaluable contribution to the realization of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals by combining global and local perspectives.

Through the Global Geoparks Network (GGN), the number of Geoparks has grown enormously all over the world, becoming an important tool for UNESCO, allowing the implication of the country members and communities in Earth Sciences and geological heritage.

Important: deadlines for submission of proposals and evaluation of UNESCO World Geoparks

Aspiring Global Geoparks sends a letter of intent, to the national commission UNESCO or the competent state agency in charge of relations with UNESCO, ideally before 1 July.

  • Submission of applications between October 1 and November 30
  • Verification check on completeness of documents after 1 December.
  • Evaluation until April 30. • Evaluation missions in situ since May 1
  • Recommendations of the International Council of Geoparks of UNESCO in September
  • Decision of the Executive Board of UNESCO during the spring meeting

Documents and Forms for application Process

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