Members of the Global Geoparks Network

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The world distribution of geoparks as on 2014

The UNESCO Global Geoparks Network was established in November 2015[1] replacing the earlier UNESCO-assisted Global Geoparks Network (GGN) which was established in 1998. The network was set up to conserve earth’s geological heritage, as well as to promote the sustainable research and development by the concerned communities.[2] 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 2015, 120 geoparks from 33 countries had officially become part of the GGN family. There are now GGN member sites situated in 5 of 7 continents and there being none currently in either Antarctica or Australasia. Notably there are currently (2015) no global geoparks in either the United States or former Soviet Union territory as well as in South Asia, Central America and most parts of Africa (except Morocco and Canarias) and Middle East (except Turkey). China is the country with the largest number of global geoparks. [3]

List by country/territory[edit]

Many of the names in the list below[4] appear in slightly different forms in different documents or webpages, particularly where they have been anglicised.

Country/Territory Continent Geopark[A] Year included
Austria Europe Carnic Alps Geopark 2012
Austria Europe Eisenwurzen 2004
Austria Europe Ore of the Alps Geopark
Brazil South America Araripe 2006
Canada North America Stonehammer 2010
Canada North America Tumbler Ridge 2014
China Asia Alxa Desert 2009
China Asia Wangwushan-Daimeishan 2006
China Asia Danxiashan 2004
China Asia Fangshan [5] 2006
China Asia Funiushan 2006
China Asia Hexingten 2005
China Asia Hong Kong 2011[6]
China Asia Huangshan 2004
China Asia Jingpohu 2006
China Asia Leye-Fengshan 2010
China Asia Longhushan 2007
China Asia Lushan 2004
China Asia Ningde 2010
China Asia Qinling 2009
China Asia Leiqiong 2006
China Asia Sanqingshan Geopark, Jiangxi 2012[7]
China Asia Shilin 2004
China Asia Songshan 2004
China Asia Taining 2005
China Asia Taishan 2006
China Asia Tianzhushan Geopark 2011[6]
China Asia Wudalianchi 2004
China Asia Xingwen 2005
China Asia Yandangshan 2005
China Asia Yuntaishan 2004
China Asia Zhangjiajie 2004
China Asia Zigong 2008
Croatia Europe Papuk 2007
Cyprus Europe Troodos 2015[8]
Czech Republic Europe Bohemian Paradise 2005
Denmark Europe Odsherred Global Geopark 2014
Finland Europe Rokua 2010
France Europe Bauges 2011[6]
France Europe Chablais Geopark 2012
France Europe Haute Provence 2004
France Europe Luberon 2005
France Europe Monts d'Ardeche Global Geopark 2014
Germany Europe Bergstrasse-Odenwald 2004
Germany Europe Terra Vita 2004
Germany Europe Vulkaneifel 2004
Germany Europe Harz Braunschweiger Land Ostfalen 2005
Germany Europe Mecklenburg 2005
Germany Europe Swabian Albs 2005
Germany Europe Nature Park Terra Vita 2004
Germany Europe Vulkaneifel Geopark 2004
Greece Europe Lesvos 2004
Greece Europe Chelmos-Vouraikos 2009
Greece Europe Psiloritis 2004
Greece Europe Sitia Geopark 2015
Greece Europe Vikos-Aoos 2010
Hungary Europe Bakony-Balaton Geopark 2012 [7]
Hungary-Slovakia Europe Novohrad - Nograd Geopark 2010
Iceland Europe Katla Geopark 2011[6]
Iceland Europe Reykjanes Global Geopark 2015
Indonesia Asia Batur Geopark, Bali, Toba Lake, Medan, North Sumatera 2012[7]
Ireland Europe Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark 2011[6]
Ireland Europe Copper Coast 2004
Italy Europe Apuan Alps 2011[6]
Italy Europe Cilento and Vallo di Diano 2010
Italy Europe Madonie 2004
Italy Europe Beigua Geopark 2005
Italy Europe Geological-Mining Park of Sardinia 2007
Italy Europe Geopark of Pollino 2007
Italy Europe Adamello-Brenta 2008
Italy Europe Rocca di Cerere 2008
Italy Europe Sesia - Val Grande Geopark 2013
Italy Europe Tuscan Mining Park 2010
Japan Asia Itoigawa 2009
Japan Asia Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano 2009
Japan Asia Unzen Volcanic Area 2009
Japan Asia San'in Kaigan 2010
Japan Asia Muroto 2011[6]
Japan Asia Oki Islands 2013[9]
Japan Asia Aso 2014[10]
Japan Asia Mt. Apoi 2015
Malaysia Asia Langkawi 2007
Morocco Africa M'Goun Global Geopark 2014
Netherlands Europe Geopark de Hondsrug 2013
Norway Europe Gea Norvegica 2006
Norway Europe Magma Geopark 2010
Poland/Germany Europe Muskau Arch 2011
Portugal Europe Naturtejo 2006
Portugal Europe/Africa Azores Geopark 2013
Portugal Europe Arouca 2009
Portugal Europe Land of Knights Geopark 2015
Romania Europe Hateg Country Dinosaur Geopark 2005
Slovenia Europe Geopark Karavanke 2013
South Korea Asia Jeju Island 2010
Spain Europe Basque Coast Geopark 2010
Spain Europe Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park 2006
Spain Europe Central Catalonia Geopark 2012[7]
Spain Europe Maestrazgo 2004
Spain Africa El Hierro Global Geopark 2015
Spain Europe Sierra Norte di Sevilla, Andalusia 2004
Spain Europe Sobrarbe 2006
Spain Europe Sierras Subeticas Natural Park 2006
Spain Europe Villuercas Ibores Jara Geopark 2011[6]
Spain Europe Lanzarote and Chinijos Islands Geopark 2015[11]
Spain Europe Molina de Aragón - Alto Tajo Geopark 2014
Turkey Asia Kula Volcanic Geopark 2013
United Kingdom/Ireland Europe Marble Arch and Cuilcagh Mountain 2004
United Kingdom Europe North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 2004
United Kingdom Europe Fforest Fawr 2005
United Kingdom Europe North West Highlands 2005
United Kingdom Europe English Riviera 2007
United Kingdom Europe Shetland 2009
United Kingdom Europe GeoMôn 2009
Uruguay South America Grutas del Palacio Geopark 2004
Vietnam Asia Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark 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 Continent Geopark[A] Year included Ceased
United Kingdom Europe Lochaber 2007 2011[12]
Iran Asia Qeshm Island
Australia Australasia Kanawinka

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.globalgeopark.org/News/News/9979.htm
  2. ^ "UNESCO Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences". UNESCO. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  3. ^ Distribution of GGN Members
  4. ^ http://www.globalgeopark.org/aboutGGN/list/index.htm
  5. ^ "Fangshan Geopark". globalgeopark.org. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h UNESCO Media Services 19 September 2011
  7. ^ a b c d UN News Centre, 21 September 2012
  8. ^ http://www.europeangeoparks.org/?p=4998
  9. ^ http://www.globalgeopark.org/aboutGGN/list/Japan/8438.htm
  10. ^ http://www.globalgeopark.org/aboutGGN/list/Japan/8913.htm
  11. ^ http://www.europeangeoparks.org/?p=4998
  12. ^ Lochaber loses Unesco geopark status, BBC News, 17 November 2011

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