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UNSECO GLOBAL GEOPARKS

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Spectacular geological heritage sites, unspoiled natural beauty and cultural landscapes

Petrified Forest of Lesvos

Have you ever seen an Ichthyosaurus skeleton, blanket bog, petrified forest or an Iron Age hill fort? What about a volcano, ice cave or fossilized rhino footprint? Would you enjoy recreational tours by bicycle, raft or foot through impressive geological landscapes and visits to fascinating and educational visitor centers? If so, come and visit one or all of the 69 geoparks across Europe, and get to know the unique dynamics of the European Geopark Network.

Psiloritis Geopark

Two new trends mark the growing success of the geopark concept. First, tourists are increasingly looking for new experiences that put them in close contact with the natural world. Second, people are beginning to realize that the geological heritage of their regions can be a source of sustainable economic benefit to their communities. This shift in thinking about geological heritage physical landscapes and tourism has been facilitated by the creation of the European Geoparks Network. Their idea is that geoconservation can lead to sustainable local development through geotourism.

Sitia Geopark

According to UNESCO, geoparks are areas with a significant geological heritage that can also include sites of natural and cultural interest. These parks play an active role in the development of their territories by strengthening the general image of geological heritage as well as in the development of geotourism. They are simultaneously involved in educating not only tourists and the general public about their physical environment, but also students from primary to university levels. Their facilities provide a place for academic research and cooperation in the fields surrounding geoconservation.

Vikos - Aoos Geopark (left photo)              Chelmos Vouraikos(right photo)

The Global Geoparks Network and European Geoparks Network organize annually an intensive course on Geoparks. The course is open to Geopark staff members with a degree in Geosciences, to PhD and Master students working on geopark, geotourism, geosite, geomorphosite and landscape topics, as well as to Geoscientists having a special interest on the topic Geoparks.

Their common goal was to promote geoparks as quality tourist attractions with a high educational, cultural and recreational value.
With the financial support of LEADER+, the European Geoparks Network created several common events.
* Development of common pedagogical kits and especially adapted educational activities for all levels.
* European geoparks week - exciting events organized the first week of June all over Europe as a joint celebration of the network.
* Exchange of exhibitions and know-how among network partners,
* Organization of events and touristic promotional activities.

Petrified Forest of Lesvos

The results of the European Geoparks Network's efforts, which combine protection of geological heritage with sustainable territorial development of rural areas, make up a new and much needed perspective in local development policies. They have opened up a new and exciting field of tourism, where the benefits can be shared by visitors, locals, and academics and where the physical environment is valued again for the its beauty, history and power to sustain us.

There are five Global Geoparks in Greece

Lesvos Geopark www.lesvosgeopark.gr
Psiloritis Geopark www.psiloritis-natural-park.gr
Chelmos Vouraikos Geoparkwww.fdchelmos.gr
Vikos Aoos Geopark www.epirussa.gr
Sitia Geopark www.sitia-geopark.gr

You are invited to explore the Greek Global Geoparks with us.
We hope to see you soon!

Sustainable development and Geotourism

EUROPEAN GEOPARKS NETWORK MEMBER LIST September 2015

  1. Réserve Géologique de Haute Provence – FRANCE
  2. Vulkaneifel European Geopark – GERMANY
  3. Petrified Forest of Lesvos – GREECE
  4. Maestrazgo Cultural Park – Aragon, SPAIN
  5. Psiloritis Nature Park – GREECE
  6. Terra.Vita Nature Park – GERMANY
  7. Copper Coast Geopark– IRELAND
  8. Marble Arch Caves European Geopark–NORTHERN IRELAND, UK
  9. Madonie Geopark – ITALY
  10. Rocca di Cerere - ITALY
  11. Nature Park Steirische Eisenwurzen – AUSTRIA
  12. Nature Park Bergstrasse Odenwald – GERMANY
  13. North Pennines AONB – ENGLAND, UK
  14. Park Naturel Régional du Luberon – FRANCE
  15. North West Highlands – SCOTLAND, UK
  16. Geopark Swabian Albs – GERMANY
  17. Geopark Harz. Braunschweiger Land. Ostfalen – GERMANY
  18. Hateg Country Dinosaurs Geopark – ROMANIA
  19. Beigua Geopark - ITALY
  20. Fforest Fawr Geopark – WALES, UK
  21. Bohemian Paradise Geopark – CZECH REPUBLICv
  22. Cabo de Gata – Nijar Nature Park – Andalucia, SPAIN
  23. Naturtejo Geopark – PORTUGAL
  24. Sierras Subbeticas Nature Park – Andalucia, SPAIN
  25. Sobrarbe Geopark – Aragon, SPAIN
  26. Gea Norvegica – NORWAY
  27. Geological, Mining Park of Sardinia – ITALY
  28. Papuk Geopark - CROATIA
  29. English Riviera Geopark – ENGLAND, UK
  30. Adamello – Brenta Nature Park – ITALY
  31. Geo Mon – WALES, UK
  32. Arouca Geopark – PORTUGAL
  33. Shetlands – SCOTLAND, UK
  34. Chelmos Vouraikos – GREECE
  35. Novohrad - Nograd Geopark - HUNGARY and SLOVAKIA
  36. Magma Geopark – NORWAY
  37. Basque Coast Geopark, Pais Vasco - SPAIN
  38. Parco Nazionale del Cilento e Vallo di Diano, Campania - ITALY
  39. Rokua Geopark - FINLAND
  40. Tuscan Mining Park - ITALY
  41. Vikos – Aoos Geopark - GREECE
  42. Muskau Arch Geopark - Germany/Poland
  43. Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park, Andalucia - Spain
  44. Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark - Republic of Ireland
  45. Katla Geopark - Iceland
  46. Massif du Bauges Geopark - France
  47. Apuan Alps Geopark - Italy
  48. Villuercaas-Ibores-Jara Geopark – Spain
  49. Carnic Alps Geopark – Austria
  50. Chablais Geopark – France
  51. Central Catalunya Geopark – Spain
  52. Bakony-Balaton Geopark – Hungary
  53. Azores Geopark – Portugal
  54. Karavanke/Karawanken - Slovenia & Austria
  55. Idria Geopark – Slovenia
  56. Hondsrug Geopark – Netherlands
  57. Sesia – Val Grande Geopark – Italy
  58. Kula Geopark – Turkey
  59. Molina Alto Tajo – Spain
  60. El Hierro – Spain
  61. Monts d'Ardèche – France
  62. Ertz der Alpen – Austria
  63. Odsherred – Denmark
  64. Terras de Cavaleiros - Portugal
  65. Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands Geoparkv
  66. Reykjanes Geopark
  67. Pollino Geopark
  68. Sitia Geopark
  69. Troodos Geopark

Intensive Courses on Geoparks - Lesvos Greece

 
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