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European Geoparks

Spectacular geological heritage sites, unspoiled natural beauty and cultural landscapes

European Geoparks

Mithymna Volcanic Stone, Lesvos Island UNESCO Global Geopark

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 70 geoparks across Europe, and get to know the unique dynamics of the European Geopark Network.

European Geoparks

Psiloritis Natural Park - UNESCO Global 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.

European Geoparks

Dragon Lake οf Tymfi Mount Smolikas, Vikos - Aoos UNESCO Global 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.

European Geoparks

Kato Zakros, Sitia UNESCO Global Geopark

The UNESCO 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.

    European Geoparks

    Mount Olympus

    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 UNESCO Global Geoparks in Greece

    Lesvos Geopark www.lesvosgeopark.gr
    Psiloritis Geopark www.psiloritisgeopark.gr
    Chelmos Vouraikos Geoparkwww.fdchelmos.gr
    Vikos Aoos Geopark www.vikosaoosgeopark.com
    Sitia Geopark www.sitia-geopark.gr

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

    European Geoparks

    Sustainable development and Geotourism

    European Geoparks Network Member List September 2015

    1. Haute-Provence Geopark – France
    2. Vulkaneifel Geopark – Germany
    3. Lesvos Island Geopark – Greece
    5. Psiloritis Natural Park – Greece
    6. Natur- und Geopark TERRA.vita – Germany
    7. Copper Coast Geopark – Ireland
    8. Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark – Ireland
    9. Madonie Geopark – Italy
    10. Rocca di Cerere Geopark – Italy
    11. Natur-und Geopark Steirische Eisenwurzen – Austria
    12. Bergstrasse-Odenwald Geopark – Germany
    13. North Pennines AONB European Geopark – UK
    14. Luberon, Parc Naturel Regional – France
    15. North West Highlands Geopark – Scotland, UK
    16. Swabian Albs Geopark – Germany
    17. Geopark Harz . Braunschweiger Land. Ostfalen – Germany
    18. Hateg Country Dinosaurs Geopark – Romania
    19. Parco Del Beigua – Italy
    20. Fforest Fawr Geopark – UΚ
    21. Bohemian Paradise – Czech Republic
    22. Cabo de Gata – Nijar Natural Park – Andalucia, Spain
    23. Naturtejo Geopark – Portugal
    24. Sierras Subbeticas Natural Park & UNESCO Global Geopark – Andalucia, Spain
    25. Sobrarbe Geopark – Aragon, Spain
    26. Gea Norvegica Geopark – Norway
    27. Geological, Mining Park of Sardinia – Italy
    28. Papuk Geopark – Croatia
    29. English Riviera Geopark – UK
    30. Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta – Italy
    31. GeoMôn GeoPark – Wales, UK
    32. Arouca Geopark – Portugal
    33. Geopark Shetland – Scotland, UK
    34. Chelmos–Vouraikos Geopark – Greece
    35. Novohrad – Nograd Geopark – Hungary/Slovakia
    36. Magma Geopark – Norway
    37. Basque Coast Geopark – Spain
    38. Parco Nazionale del Cilento e Vallo di Diano – 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 – Spain
    44. Burren and Cliffs of Moher – Ireland
    45. Katla Geopark – Iceland
    46. Massif des Bauges Geopark – France
    47. Apuan Alps – Italy
    48. Villuercas-Ibores-Jara – 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. Idrija Geopark – Slovenia
    56. Hondsrug Geopark – Netherlands
    57. Sesia - Val Grande Geopark – Italy
    58. Kula Geopark – Turkey
    59. Molina and Alto Tajo Geopark – Spain
    60. El Hierro Geopark – Spain
    61. Monts d’Ardèche – France
    62. Erz der Alpen – Austria
    63. Odsherred Geopark – Denmark
    64. Terras de Cavaleiros Geopark – Portugal
    65. Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands Geopark – Spain
    66. Reykjanes Global Geopark – Iceland
    67. Geopark of Pollino – Italy
    69. Sitia Geopark – Greece
    69. Troodos Geopark – Cyprus
    70. Causses du Quercy – France
    71. Las Loras – Spain

    European Geoparks

    Intensive Courses on Geoparks - Lesvos Greece

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