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UNESCO Global Geoparks Council Proposes 8 new UNESCO Global Geoparks

At its sixth statutory meeting held online between the 8th and 11th of December 2021, the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council assessed 18 new applications for UNESCO Global Geoparks (submitted in 2019 and 2020) and 28 revalidation applications from current UNESCO Global Geoparks. The Council also considered name changes and area extensions as well as new documents that should provide clarity and consistency in the application and monitoring process but also in the overall governance of the International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme.
As a result of this thorough examination and in presence of more than 50 observers and representatives of more than 30 Member States, the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council proposed to forward the nomination of 8 new UNESCO Global Geoparks to the Executive Board of UNESCO, for its endorsement during the 2021 Spring session.

In accordance with Section 2.10 and 5.5 of the Operational Guidelines for UNESCO Global Geoparks the Council shall present a report on its work and its decisions to the UNESCO Global Geoparks Bureau and will circulate that report to Member States and Associate Member States of UNESCO. Should UNESCO’s Executive Board endorse the outcome of the Council during its spring 2022 session, then the designation of these new sites would bring the total number of sites in the Global UNESCO Geoparks Network from 169 to 177, in 46 countries welcoming two new Member States: Luxembourg and Sweden. The following sites have been proposed for endorsement: 

From the 28 revalidations under consideration, 24 were granted a green card, 4 received a yellow card and have now two years to take appropriate steps to meet all criteria. 

Geopark

Country

Revalidation Year

Council decision

Swabian Alb

Germany

2019 application

2020 postponed to revalidation in 2021

 

Bergstraße-Odenwald

Germany

 

Rocca di Cerere

Italy

 

Beigua

Italy

 

Bakony-Balaton

Hungary

 

Vikos – Aoos

Greece

 

Lesvos Island

Greece

 

Chablais

France

 

Las Loras

Spain

 

Central Catalonia

Spain

 

Causses du Quercy

France

 

Bohemian Paradise

Czechia

 

Fforest Fawr

UK

 

Gea Norvegica

Norway

2020 application

2021 revalidation

 

Sierra Norte de Sevilla

Spain

 

Origens

Spain

 

Beaujolais

France

 

Azores

Portugal

 

Arouca

Portugal

 

Harz Braunschweiger Land Ostfalen

Germany

 

Sesia Val Grande

Italy

 

Idrija

Slovenia

 

Karawanken Karavanke

Austria-Slovenia

 

Famenne Ardennes

Belgium

 

Hondsrug

Netherlands

 

Geo Mon

UK

 

Katla

Iceland

 

Cuilacagh Lakelands

UK-Ireland

2019 application

2020 postponed to revalidation in 2021

 

 

The Council also considered area extensions and new documents that should provide further clarity and consistency in the application and monitoring process and in the overall governance of the International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme.

UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development. They apply a bottom-up approach, combining conservation with sustainable development while involving local communities. The UNESCO Global Geoparks Council is responsible for assessing revalidated and new UNESCO Global Geopark nominations, which are then submitted to UNESCO’s Executive Board for endorsement.

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