Members of the Global Geoparks Network

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The world distribution of geoparks as of 2014.

The UNESCO -assisted Global Geoparks Network (GGN) was established in 1998 to conserve earth’s geological heritage, as well as to promote the sustainable research and development by the concerned communities.[1] The GGN membership is formed by national geological parks, or geoparks—local areas focused on the protection of geological features and heritage.

The first batch of members to the GGN were announced during the first International Conference on Geoparks in 2004. By late September 2011, 87 geoparks from 27 countries had officially become part of the GGN family.[2]

List by country/territory[edit]

Country/Territory Geopark[A] Year included
Austria Eisenwurzen 2004
Brazil Araripe 2006
Canada Stonehammer 2010
China Alxa Desert 2009
China Wangwushan-Daimeishan 2006
China Danxiashan 2004
China Fangshan[disambiguation needed] 2006
China Funiushan 2006
China Hexingten 2005
China Hong Kong 2011[3]
China Huangshan 2004
China Jingpohu 2006
China Leye-Fengshan 2010
China Longhushan 2007
China Lushan 2004
China Ningde 2010
China Qinling 2009
China Leiqiong[disambiguation needed] 2006
China Sanqingshan Geopark, Jiangxi 2012[4]
China Shilin 2004
China Songshan 2004
China Taining 2005
China Taishan 2006
China Tianzhushan Geopark 2011[3]
China Wudalianchi 2004
China Xingwen 2005
China Yandangshan 2005
China Yuntaishan 2004
China Zhangjiajie 2004
China Zigong 2008
Croatia Papuk 2007
Czech Republic Bohemian Paradise 2005
Finland Rokua 2010
France Bauges 2011[3]
France Haute Provence 2004
France Luberon 2005
Germany Bergstrasse-Odenwald 2004
Germany Terra Vita 2004
Germany Vulkaneifel 2004
Germany Harz Braunschweiger 2005
Germany Mecklenburg 2005
Germany Swabian Albs 2005
Greece Lesvos 2004
Greece Psiloritis 2004
Greece Vikos-Aoos 2010
Hungary Bakony-Balaton Geopark 2012 [4]
Hungary-Slovakia Novohrad - Nograd Geopark 2010
Iceland Katla Geopark 2011[3]
Indonesia Batur Geopark, Bali 2012[4]
Ireland Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark 2011[3]
Ireland Copper Coast 2004
Italy Apuan Alps 2011[3]
Italy Cilento and Vallo di Diano 2010
Italy Madonie 2004
Italy Parco del Beigua 2005
Italy Geological-Mining Park of Sardinia 2007
Italy Adamello-Brenta 2008
Italy Rocca di Cerere 2008
Italy Tuscan Mining Park 2010
Japan Itoigawa 2009
Japan Muroto 2011[3]
Japan Oki Islands 2013[5]
Japan Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano 2009
Japan San'in Kaigan 2010
Japan Unzen Volcanic Area 2009
Malaysia Langkawi 2007
Norway Gea Norvegica 2006
Portugal Naturtejo 2006
Portugal Arouca 2009
Romania Haţeg Country 2005
Slovenia Geopark Karavanke 2013
South Korea Jeju Island 2010
Spain Basque Coast Geopark 2010
Spain Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park 2006
Spain Central Catalonia Geopark 2012[4]
Spain Maestrazgo 2004
Spain Sierra Norte di Sevilla, Andalusia 2004
Spain Sobrarbe 2006
Spain Sierras Subeticas Natural Park 2006
Spain Villuercas Ibores Jara Geopark 2011[3]
Spain Molina de Aragón - Alto Tajo Geopark 2014
United Kingdom Marble Arch and Cuilcagh Mountain 2004
United Kingdom North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 2004
United Kingdom Fforest Fawr 2005
United Kingdom North West Highlands 2005
United Kingdom English Riviera 2007
United Kingdom Shetland 2009
United Kingdom GeoMôn 2009
Vietnam Dong Van Karst Plateau 2010

Former members of the GGN[edit]

Whilst the length of the list has grown year on year, some members drop out from time to time, either by choice or by failing the network's revalidation procedures.

Country/Territory Geopark[A] Year included Ceased
United Kingdom Lochaber 2007 2011[6]

Notes[edit]

^ A. Names and spellings used for the elements were based on the official List as published.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UNESCO Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences". UNESCO. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  2. ^ http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/nine_sites_added_to_global_geoparks_network/
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h UNESCO Media Services 19 September 2011
  4. ^ a b c d UN News Centre, 21 September 2012
  5. ^ http://www.globalgeopark.org/homepageaux/tupai/6513.htm
  6. ^ Lochaber loses Unesco geopark status, BBC News, 17 November 2011

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