First International Conference on African and Arabian Geoparks: 'Aspiring Geoparks in the Africa and Arab World'

© E.Errami, 2009
Merzouga, South-East of Morocco

This conference will foster networking and cooperation between members of the Global Geoparks Network and aspiring Geoparks from the Arab world and Africa, with the support of the African Association of Women in Geosciences (AAWG), the African Geoparks Network (AGN) and UNESCO.
The programme includes two days of technical sessions followed by a six-day field trip to Morocco’s Atlas Mountains that will showcase the area’s remarkable geoheritage.
Geoparks are well established in Europe and Asia, therefore the areas of priority action to stimulate the creation of geoparks are now Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and the Arab countries.
In order to start the development of Geoparks and assist interested stakeholders this conference, held in cooperation with the UNESCO Cairo Office, will include an excursion and workshop, to bring together African and Arab Geopark projects and prepare for stronger involvement of those regions in the GGN.
The conference will:
• highlight the role of women and youth in the conservation of geoheritage;
• introduce and discuss the role of Geopark and geotourism as a means for comprehensive conservation and wise use of heritage values for regional sustainable development;
• introduce and discuss approaches to Geopark and geotourism development; and
• stimulate contributions of different economic (state, private, foreign, etc.) and scientific (natural and social) actors in Geopark and geotourism development.


Type of Event Event under UNESCO Patronage
Start 20.11.2011 08:00 local time
End 28.11.2011 15:00 local time
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Focal point Patzak, M.
Organizer African Association of Women in Geosciences in collaboration with the UNESCO Cairo Office
Contact Ms Errami / or
Country Morocco
City El Jadida
Venue El Jadida
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants 150
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